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LIVE BETTER.

Shelter projects are approachable, livable, responsible, and of course beautiful environments in which to live and work better.

Modern Sensitivity

Modern Sensitivity

Architecture, Interiors, Residential

Black Coffee & Waffle Bar | St Paul

Black Coffee & Waffle Bar | St Paul

Architecture, Commercial, Interiors, On the Boards

The Oxbow Hotel

The Oxbow Hotel

Architecture, Commercial, Interiors, On the Boards

French Provencal Kitchen

French Provencal Kitchen

Interiors, Residential

Minnesota Women’s Care

Minnesota Women’s Care

Architecture, Commercial

Modest Midcentury

Modest Midcentury

Architecture, Interiors, Residential

Graphically Modern

Graphically Modern

Interiors, Residential

Bauhaus Brew Labs | Brewery & Taproom

Bauhaus Brew Labs | Brewery & Taproom

Architecture, Commercial

Blue Ribbon Kitchen

Blue Ribbon Kitchen

Interiors, Residential

Dwan Maintenance Building

Dwan Maintenance Building

Architecture, Commercial

Icehouse | Hip Hospitality

Icehouse | Hip Hospitality

Architecture, Commercial, Interiors

Sargent Avenue Redo

Sargent Avenue Redo

Architecture, Residential

Meditation Room

Meditation Room

Interiors, Residential

5ive

5ive

Architecture, Interiors, Residential

Pattern Home

Pattern Home

Architecture, Interiors, Residential

Cedarwood

Cedarwood

Architecture, Interiors

Crocus Hill Master Suite

Crocus Hill Master Suite

Interiors, Residential

Hotel Donaldson | Boutique Hotel

Hotel Donaldson | Boutique Hotel

Architecture, Commercial, Interiors

Secret Room

Secret Room

Interiors, Residential

Harriet

Harriet

Architecture, Interiors, Residential

Burgess

Burgess

Architecture, Interiors, Residential

Tricker Hess

Tricker Hess

Architecture, Interiors, Residential

Sticks & Stones

Sticks & Stones

Interiors, Residential

Carson Bay

Carson Bay

Architecture, Interiors, Residential

Silver Lake Park

Silver Lake Park

Architecture, Commercial

Science House

Science House

Architecture

Como Park Conservatory

Como Park Conservatory

Architecture, Commercial

Light Rail Transit Stations

Light Rail Transit Stations

Architecture, Commercial

Hella

Hella

Architecture, Interiors, Residential

Paris

Paris

Architecture, Interiors, Residential

Carriage House

Carriage House

Architecture, Residential

Vesuvius Pizza

Vesuvius Pizza

Architecture, Commercial, Interiors

Dodge Nature Center

Dodge Nature Center

Architecture, Commercial

Family of Five

Family of Five

Architecture, Residential

Tiles That Bind

Tiles That Bind

Interiors, Residential

The Nicollet

The Nicollet

Architecture, Commercial

Bearden Place

Bearden Place

Architecture, Commercial

Clearwater Forest

Clearwater Forest

Architecture, Commercial

Saddlebag

Saddlebag

About Us

Shelter is a regional design firm located in Minneapolis. Our multi-disciplined process draws on our clients' ideals and our expertise to develop cutting-edge solutions and sustainable systems.

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Jackie Millea

Founding Partner

Kurt Gough

Kurt Gough

Founding Partner

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F. John Barbour

Partner

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Lisa Antenucci

Interior Designer

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Beth Halstenson

Designer

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Greg Elsner

Architect

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Jackie Lyons

Interior Designer

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Otis

Resident Greeter

Clients

Microsoft
Apple
BMW Group USA
DELL Computer
Envato Pty Ltd
Coca-Cola Beverages
Samsung

Blog

Dreaming…

Shelter • August 16, 2016 dressing room, magic mirror

We are so lucky that we get to design people’s “dream homes”.  Everyone has a different /thoughts on this, so each time we do this…

St Olaf Alumni Magazine features Minneapolis Architects

Shelter • May 31, 2016

“Being in the studio is a key part of being an architect – you can’t just take the materials home and do it alone.” -Kurt Gough…

Shelter’s RFP

Shelter • May 26, 2016 IMG_2032

The RFP submittal is a branded deliverable that in some ways is unique to the field of architecture.  We assemble RFP submittals  in order to be…

The Logo: Then & Now

Shelter • May 24, 2016 Shelter-Logo-Then-and-Now

“We asked for a new logo that did not completely erase our original logo, yet was not immediately seen as a spinoff of it. A…

Shelter’s Refreshed Branding

Shelter • May 20, 2016 SA-Logo-Architecture

This week we looked back at the big ideas that have shaped Shelter into what it is today and looked forward in the direction Shelter is headed.  We…

Sustainability

Shelter • May 19, 2016 Sustainability Post

Sustainability is a tricky brand point to market these days because it is no longer the differentiator that it was 12 years ago.  And, to…

Design for All

Shelter • May 18, 2016 universal design, design for aging, ADA,

LOOKING BACK at 12 years’ worth of work, we saw that livability has been an important component of Shelter’s designs from the beginning.  We tested our ideas…

Residential AND Commercial

Shelter • May 17, 2016 Shelter Architecture, great design

One question always comes up during casual party conversations when people learn that we’re architects and interior designers: “What kind of work do you do?”…

The Countdown is ON!

Shelter • May 16, 2016 Shelter Architecture, great design

12 years ago… We launched Shelter to address sustainable design practices in residential architecture. We took up offices just south of Loring Park in a…

The ADA in Context

Shelter • April 17, 2016 design for all, aging in place, ADA, universal design

We talk about the “ADA” and “ADA compliance” a lot in our industry, forgetting that not everyone we interact with understands what it’s all about. …

Contact

1229 Tyler St. NE | Studio 202
Minneapolis, MN 55413

E-Mail: info@shelterarchitecture.com
Phone: 612.870.4081
Fax: 612.870.4084

Media Kit

Download our media kit for external use. It includes headshots, logo graphics, and a brand manual.

Opportunities

While we do not have specific opportunities available at this time, feel free to introduce yourself. We're always looking for friends!

Contact

1229 Tyler St. NE | Studio 202 | Minneapolis, MN 55413

E-Mail: info@shelterarchitecture.com | Phone: 612.870.4081 | Fax: 612.870.4084

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Your needs, our help. Live better.

Shelter Architecture + Design brings an award-winning record of environmental sensitivity and beautiful design to your project. We are a holistic design firm offering full architectural, interior and landscape design services. Shelter's collaborative approach places the right people on your project team to produce a unique outcome that is tailored to you.

Your project will come together as a complete thought, flowing effortlessly from the inside to the outside. From boutique hotels that welcome guests and restaurants that capture the spirit of food and drink to contemporary and traditional homes that provide comfort and style, Shelter delights in creating unique and inspired projects for our clients. No project is too big or small for our design team.

We are homeowners and family members.

Our residential group does everything from new homes, additions and renovations to single bathrooms, kitchens, and basement build-outs. Residential projects draw on perspectives we have gained as homeowners, gardeners, cooks, cleaners, hosts and hostesses, and family members.

We are entrepreneurs and engaged citizens.

Our commercial group works with entrepreneurs, business owners, and developers to create projects that include restaurants, breweries, boutique hotels, athletic facilities, and museums. Commercial projects call on skills we have learned as entrepreneurs, consumers, entertainers, and engaged citizens.

Architecture

  • Concept Development
  • Building Layout
  • Creative Renovation & Reuse
  • Brand Integration & Support
  • 3D Visualization
  • Zoning & Code Research
  • Master Planning & Phasing
  • Site Documentation
  • Engineering Integration
  • Construction Details
  • Drafting & Construction Specifications
  • Project Oversight

Interior Design

  • Space Planning
  • Kitchen & Bath Design
  • Finishes Selection
  • Lighting Design & Selection
  • Fixture Selection
  • Furniture Selection
  • Color Selections
  • Window Treatments
  • Custom Cabinet Design & Coordination
  • Custom Fabrication
  • Product Sourcing & Ordering
  • Art Sourcing & Selection

Landscape

  • Site Evaluation
  • Site Planning
  • Rendering & Illustrations
  • Planting Plans
  • Outdoor Kitchen Design
  • Patio & Deck Design
  • Public Plazas & Parks
  • Public Art Coordination
  • Corporate Campus Design
  • Education & Interpretive Trails
  • Rain Garden Design
  • Site Detailing

Fees

Our fees are completive within our industry with pricing ranging from 8-12% of construction costs. Although this is a good base point to consider for architectural fees, we always provide a fee estimate before beginning a project. This estimate is determined after meeting with you at your project site, reviewing your project goals, and discussing any of your issues and concerns regarding the project.

Reality Check

Reality Check

If you want to see what we can do, try our Reality Check service. It allows you to meet with one of our experts in either architecture or interior design to find practical, sustainable, and inspiring solutions to specific design problems.

You give us your thoughts on your potential project and we give you our undivided attention and expert advice. The Reality Check is an on-site consultation service that unleashes the power of Shelter's design process in an affordable, condensed form.

To schedule your Reality Check, just call us at 612-870-4081 or email us at realitycheck@shelterarchitecture.com and tell us what you want.

Tier 1

2 hour on-site consultation
$300
for residential feasibility, landscape assessment, kitchen and bathroom layout, and small addition/renovation layout and ballpark pricing.

Tier 2

2 hour on-site consult + 4 hour studio time + 1 hour follow up
$850
for commercial feasibility, initial scoping, zoning evaluation, and large addition/renovation layout and ballpark pricing

All Ages & Abilities

Our focus on Design for All Ages and Abilities helps people stay in their homes during all stages of life. Shelter’s expertise in Design for All has been inspired by real life experiences and informed by years of designing new homes and renovating existing ones. Throughout our practice, we focus on creating livable environments. In that spirit, we are passionate about creating homes that support our aging population and disabled members of our communities.

Good design can support the way we live. Good design can keep us safe and comfortable in our homes throughout our lives. Many types of disabilities develop as we age, each appearing at a different rate and with a different degree of impairment for each of us. Low vision, diminishing hearing, loss of balance, reduced range of motion, and decreased mobility change the way we live in our homes. Shouldn’t homes be designed to allow us to age in place?

We consider access, safety, ease of movement, and usability when we design spaces for all ages and abilities. We also strive to keep these spaces beautiful and delightful, which are chief characteristics of all Shelter projects. We hope to help our clients feel empowered and autonomous as long as possible in their own homes.

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Principles

Seven principles guide the design of products and environments that may be used by people of all ages and abilities

-Equitable Use
-Flexibility in Use
-Simple and Intuitive Use
-Perceptible Information
-Tolerance for Error
-Low Physical Effort Required
-Sized and Spaced for Approach and Use

Considerations

Many considerations play into design for all ages and abilities

-Zero Threshold
-Wide Doorways
-Level Transitions in Flooring
-Open Floor Plans
-Main Level Living
-Lever Door Handles
-Grab Bars
-Raised Toilets
-Multiple Height Counters
-Roll-Out Shelving
-Task Lighting

Examples

Our ideas are tried and true. We have designed projects that abide by the principles and considerations of design for all ages and abilities. Ask us about these projects:

-5ive
-Kelley-Roy
-Mroceck
-Egbert
-Sticks & Stones
-Ellingson
-Postelwaite

Resources

Design for all ages and abilities is an emerging field of thought and practice. Everyday we are learning about the products and approaches that enhance the work we do in this area. We have collected some thoughts about the topic, available here. We are also on the lookout for information from our friends and clients about this field. If you know about a great resource or have a personal story to share, reach out using our contact form!

Design for All Consultation

Design for All Consultation

The Design for All consultation is an onsite meeting with an architect or interior designer from Shelter. We will assess challenges to accessibility in your home, brainstorm opportunities to create more livable spaces, and sketch renovation options if needed.

To schedule your Design for All consultation, just call us at 612-870-4081 or email us at design_for_all@shelterarchitecture.com and tell us about your project.

Consultation

2-hour onsite consultation
$350.00
for learning about your lifestyle, assessing challenges to and opportunities for accessibility in your home, brainstorming possibilities, project scoping, and ballpark pricing