Shelter Architecture
Architecture, Minneapolis Minnesota United States
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Contact details
1229 Tyler Street
Studio 202
Minneapolis, MN 55413
Tel: 612 870-4081
Brief Summary
Shelter was founded with the desire to explore, research and implement sustainable design, to make an impact in the world through humanitarian efforts, and to ensure that design is accessible to all ages and abilities. To this day, we continue to pursue these founding principles through architecture, interior design and landscape design.

We design BETTER places for people to live. We do this by focusing on design solutions based on the elements that most directly impact our clients’ well being:

•We design places that improve indoor air quality, promote good nutrition habits, provide soothing stress relief, incorporate barrier free access and offer time saving living solutions.

•We promote environmental responsibility and help clients understand that our designs offer improved, not diminished, personal comforts.

•We implement efficient resource and energy strategies to provide long-term savings and optimal value to our clients.
SHELTER has applied our design expertise to a broad scope of innovative projects. From stunning luxury homes, cutting edge “green” houses and breathtaking interiors to global disaster relief, our collaborative studio crafts innovative, yet practical design solutions. 5ive, one of the nation’s first LEED-H “Platinum” homes, is an example of hyper-efficient cold climate home construction. SHELTER is leading the movement for “green” Interior Design with projects featured in the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) showcase house and ASID Kitchen tour. From bathroom renovations (RAVE 2007) to large home remodel projects (ROMA 2004) our designs repeatedly receive awards from our peers. In Minnesota, SHELTER has been a longtime partner with Habitat for Humanity of MN to promote and demonstrate sustainable design practices for affordable housing. Nationally, we were the first registered Architects to establish an office in New Orleans’ Lower Ninth Ward, where we worked to help that community get back on its feet after Hurricane Katrina. On the global stage, we work with international NGOs, Universities and financial organizations on the development of the “Clean Hub”, a rapidly deployable community infrastructure.
Awards and Recognition
2015 Minneapolis Merit Award: Dwan Maintenance Building
2015 AIA-Star Tribune Home of the Month: Modest Midcentury
2015 ASID Award: Graphically Modern
2014 ASID Award: Blue Ribbon Kitchen
2013 Homes by Architects Tour: Modest Midcentury
2013 ASID Award: Icehouse MPLS
2013 ASID Award: Meditation Room
2011 ASID Award: Carriage House
2011 MASLA Honor Award - First Place - Residential Landscape
2011 ASID Honor Award - First Place - Residential Bathroom
2011 ASID Honor Award - First Place - Residential Kitchen
2008 ASID Honor Award - Design is in the Details - Lighting award
2008 ASID Honor Award First Place - Kitchen Design
2008 Emerging Practice- National AIAS Honor Award
Top 10 Green Gurus- Innovative Home magazine
Top 5 Modern Green Homes- Jetson Green (web)
Young Architect of the Year- 2008 AIA-MN
2008 AIA-MN RAVE Award
2007 AIA-MN RAVE Award
2006 Builder’s Choice Design and Planning Award - Grand Prize - Hotel Donaldson
ASID Showcase House- 2006, 2007, 2012
2004 ROMA Award 

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