The 2009 annual Search for Shelter Charrette, sponsored by AIA Minnesota's housing advocacy committee, will be held January 23-25 in Rapson Hall. This annual design charrette focuses on non-profit organizations that address issues of affordable housing and homelessness in our community. Many of the organizations use the designs from the charrette to help launch their funding drives and gain support from neighborhood groups.
The weekend opens with presentations and a light dinner on Friday night. Saturday will be a working day and meals will be provided. Final presentations to the clients will be made on Sunday, beginning promptly at noon.
Professionals, interns, and students from all design disciplines are encouraged to participate. This is a great way for IDP participants to earn community service hours, and professional architects can earn 9 CE hours. If you would like to sign up as a volunteer for the charrette, please download a volunteer registration form from the AIA Minnesota Web site. The form can be submitted to Alysia Ulfers by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or by fax at 612-338-7981. Please return the volunteer form by Friday, January 16.
Projects are currently being finalized for the charrette. If you have a great last minute idea for a project or know of an organization that would benefit from the charrette, please contact Rosemary Dolata at email@example.com.
The Search for Shelter Charrette is AIA Minnesota's longest-standing design charrette, with charrettes organized annually for more than 20 years.