Demystifying the Architect

For some, Architects exist in this mythical world of grandeur and dialect. Some think that architects only design really tall skyscrapers, iconic buildings (libraries, museums, courthouses), or multi-million dollar homes. And while it is true that architects do design all of these things of perceived grandeur, they also design the things that impact the other 99%. In short, architects design for just about everyone on nearly every budget imaginable. Whether it is for $100 or $10,000, architects are paid to think and to create the tangible.

The value of design also is demonstrated through the simple fact that not all architects are created equal, just like doctors, lawyers or teachers. In every profession there are those who stand above the rest. It is for this reason that the Homes by Architects Tour provides its ticket-goers a unique opportunity. For two inspiring days, the price of a ticket grants extensive access to experience and evaluate the 16 tour homes in their physical form. Also included are valuable one-on-one interactions with 20 architects. No obligations, no pressure, just the opportunity to take it all in and meet the creative visionaries behind these homes. While on the tour, take advantage of your access and feel free to approach the architects on site and begin to determine which one of them is a perfect fit to create your design vision.

Save $5 by purchasing tickets online for $15 by 4 p.m. on September 21, 2012. The 2012 AIA MN Homes by Architects Tour will be held September 22 & 23. For more information, please visit

—Alicia Liebel, Associate AIA
AIA MN HBAT Marketing Committee Member

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