To encourage and reward builders, architects, and home owners to blend newly remodeled or constructed homes and businesses into the fabric of Minneapolis and St. Paul neighborhoods.
If you are a past winner, submitter, or even a general follower, many thanks for your past participation and support of the BLEND Awards!
After careful consideration, the BLEND Awards committee has come to the (bittersweet) conclusion that we collectively have fulfilled the better part of our original vision to encourage and reward builders, architects, and homeowners to blend newly remodeled or constructed homes and businesses into the fabric of Minneapolis and St. Paul neighborhoods.
It has been our honor to recognize many remarkable projects BLEND and EcoBLEND Award recipients since our founding in 2007. It’s a legacy of design and building that we are proud of, and we again congratulate and thank all past BLEND Award winners for your positive contributions to our community.
We are genuinely grateful to be surrounded by a community of caring design professionals, builders and homeowners who have understood that great design moves beyond an individual aesthetic to thoughtfully include the larger community we live in. It’s been a pleasure and a privilege to formally recognize and celebrate your work and we have every confidence that it is a legacy that will continue.
It is our intention to maintain the BLEND website for an additional two years for archiving purposes, after which time we will sunset the website. Any remaining operational funds will be donated to the following organizations to support their mission in our neighborhoods:
Finally, a special thanks to past sponsors, including Pella Windows, Southview Design, Varsity Painters, and Natural Built Home, as well as program partners Minneapolis Climate Action (formerly Linden Hills Power and Light), Fulton Neighborhood Association, and Minneapolis St Paul Home Tour who came alongside us in this great adventure. A huge thanks to past BLEND Awards committee members, including Phil Rader, Ellen Berner, Chris Strom, Felicity Britton, Jane Kohnen, Dan Murphy, and Holly Nolan.
Again, thank you for your support of the BLEND Awards’ mission and vision over the past 15 years. We know you will continue your great work for the years to come.
Warm regards, BLEND Awards Committee
Jeremy Abbs Michelle Berg Jim Fisher Pat Mackey Keiko Miller Brad Schulz
Congratulations to the 2021 BLEND Award Winners We are grateful for all you do to enhance our community and for your continued commitment to BLEND.
BEST IN SHOW Unbungled Bungalow Architects: Mark Nelson- AIA; David Heide - Assoc. AIA David Heide Design Studio Builder: A-Squared
RENOVATION/ADDITION: Residential Minneapolis Natural Architects/Designers: Jim Scott - Assoc. AIA, Bill Nagel; Locale Design Build Builder: Locale Design Build -Minneapolis-
Victorian Veranda Architects/Designers: Kurt Gough - Assoc. AIA, Greg MacKenzie - Assoc. AIA; Shelter Architecture Builder: Terra Firma Property owner: Gretchen and Tom Twiss -St. Paul-
Unbungled Bungalow Architects: Mark Nelson- AIA; David Heide - Assoc. AIA; David Heide Design Studio Builder: A-Squared -St. Paul-
NEW CONSTRUCTION: Commercial The Donegan Architects/Designers: Todd Hewett, Will Pigeon; DJR Architecture Builder: Reuter Walton Development -St. Paul-
2021 BLEND Awards "Virtual Ceremony"
Congratulations to the winners of the 2021 Blend Awards! We hope to see you next year for an in-person ceremony!
2021 Blend Awards Ceremony "Virtual Keynote" Thank you to Kathy Kullberg from If Your Walls Could Talk, for serving as our "virtual keynote" speaker for the 2021 BLEND Awards ceremony. Please click below to hear her fascinating talk about discovery the history and secrets of any property!