Welcome to Blueprint South Dakota

Welcome to Blueprint South Dakota, a blog created by architects in South Dakota to provide a forum for public conversations with citizens, city planners, developers, property owners, designers, public office holders and others. Through these conversations, we want to participate with the public and community leaders in the creation of vibrant, prosperous, beautiful and effective places to live, work and play in South Dakota. Please join us in conversing about design and planning issues in our state.


EP Friendly Firms – North Central States Region

by Katie Kangas The AIA North Central States Region proudly announced the first round of EP Friendly Firms during the 4th Annual EP Summit on October 5th, 2019. This award recognizes businesses that employ and support emerging professional architects (EPs) through four qualities: Providing Fair Compensation and BenefitsSupporting Licensure Investing in Professional DevelopmentActively Creating Opportunities …

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City of Brandon Core Area Reconstruction

The City of Brandon has been gathering information from residents regarding the reconstruction of the city’s core. While there is a general consensus throughout the town that the roads in this area are atrocious, there is some argument over adding sidewalks. The division in the community over adding the sidewalks is, from my observation, between …

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AIA Film Challenge

The AIA Film Challenge of 2019 invited architects and filmmakers to collaborate to share stories of architects and civic leaders working together to create resilient and sustainable communities. Participants were asked to produce a three to five minute documentary style film showcasing their Blueprint for Better story for the chance to win prizes and receive …

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Help Us Spend Our Money!

SHPO Staff The South Dakota State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) in Pierre is preparing for its federal fiscal year 2020 grant application and invites public input on the state’s preservation needs and projects.  In other words: we need your help to allocate our budget effectively! For those who are unfamiliar with the SHPO, we are …

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Passive House

AIA SD awards three firms, SDSU with architecture design awards

South Dakota State University’s Department of Architecture (DoArch) captured an American Institute of Architecture (AIA) South Dakota Honor award and three state architecture firms took home Merit awards, on Friday, Sept. 13, during a ceremony that marked the culmination of AIA South Dakota’s annual conference.

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Benefits of using Fiberglass Fenestration in Commercial Buildings

(Sponsored content by Pella Windows) Selecting a window system for use in new or renovated commercial and institutional buildings has typically centered on aluminum, steel, aluminum-clad wood, or vinyl windows. Recently, however, another choice has gained popularity. Increasingly, sustainable fiberglass window systems are being specified and installed in retail facilities, offices, schools, condominiums, apartments, and …

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2018 AIA SD Design Awards

Check out the entries for the 2019 AIA SD Design Awards

AIA South Dakota received 28 entries for the 2019 AIA SD Design Awards, which are eligible for Merit and Honor awards in the categories of Architecture, Unbuilt Architecture and this year’s rolling category, Master Planning & Community Design. The winners will be announced on the evening of Friday, Sept. 13, 2019 at the Design Awards …

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Dale Lamphere

AIA South Dakota names sculptor Dale Lamphere, Albertson Engineering Inc., its 2019 Champion of Architecture recipients

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) South Dakota has named South Dakota sculptor Dale Lamphere and structural engineering firm Albertson Engineering Inc. as its 2019 Champion of Architecture honorees. The organization is also posthumously honoring Jeff Hazard, AIA, LEEP AP, with its 2019 AIA SD Legacy Award, and naming Sara Lum, AIA, its 2019 AIA SD Young Architect.

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What is an Award Winning Project?

Tim Hickman AIA, LEED AP, Principal at substance architecture When you enter an AIA design awards program you may wonder what the criteria for judging excellence may be.  This year Substance Architecture was invited to organize the awards jury for the AIA South Dakota 2019 Design Awards.  We were asked what we are looking for …

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AIA South Dakota Past Presidents

When I served on the AIA Strategic Council we worked on an initiative to reengage past leaders of our organization.  Sometimes leaders are just “done” but many times we just don’t ask them for more.  I am pleased that South Dakota AIA has asked past presidents of the organization to organize for the purpose of …

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