Natural Talent Design Competition

The 2015
Natural Talent Design Competition


The Minnesota Chapter of the USGBC supports the Natural Talent Design Competition to help facilitate a green building collaboration between aspiring architects and designers with the Chapter and the professional community.

What: This year’s project is the design of the new Wakan Tipi Center.


Why: To empower students and young professionals to become future leaders within the green building movement.


Who: Young professionals within two years of graduation and current college students.  Teams can work in tandem with mentors, including project check-ins and professional development. Teams will be recognized at our Annual Meeting.



Download the complete 2015 USGBC Design Competition Guide with project summary, competition rules and guidelines.

Dates to Remember:

  • June 2015 | Early Registration Opens (Free!)
  • Monday, August 17, 2015 | Competition Officially Launches. Final Documents are Released
  • Friday, September 18, 2015 | Free Registration Closes ($25 registration fee from 9/12/15 – 10/16/15)
  • Monday, September 14, 2015 | Site Tour @ 10:00am
  • Thursday, September 24, 2015 | Site Tour @ 1:00pm
  • Friday, October 16, 2015 | Registration Officially Closes
  • Friday, December 18, 2015 | Submissions Due By Midnight
  • December 19, 2015 – January 3, 2016 | Preliminary Judging Occurs
  • Week of January 4, 2016 | Final Judging Occurs & Winners Selected – Top 3 teams will be notified
  • Jan 2016 – Date/Time TBD | Awards Ceremony



All teams benefit greatly from participating in the competition. They gain valuable project experience and can add the competition to their CV. The top three teams will be awarded prize money. In addition to this, all teams are recognized in a press release following the ceremony.



Jennifer Brundell, Design Competition Chair | [email protected]

Sheri Brezinka, Executive Director | [email protected] | 612.328.9098