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.


AIA RURAL + SUBURBAN WORKSHOP with South Dakota and North Dakota

By John Horky, FAIA On August 10th, six AIA South Dakota members and three AIA North Dakota members, along with both components’ Executive Directors, convened to discuss their specific experiences, including both the challenges and the advantages, of working in rural and suburban areas. This event was one of nine listening sessions taking place across …

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Robert Arlt and Chase Kramer

Arlt, Kramer recognized as Young Architect Award winners

AIA South Dakota is awarding South Dakota architects Robert Arlt, AIA, CPHC, and Chase Kramer, AIA, NCARB, LEED GA each with the chapter’s Young Architect Award for their leadership, service and contributions to the architecture profession and the community as a whole. Arlt and Kramer will be honored during the AIA South Dakota Design Awards …

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David Chicoine

AIA South Dakota honoring Chicoine as Champion of Architecture

Former South Dakota State University President David Chicoine has been named the 2021 AIA South Dakota Champion of Architecture.

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Cast your vote for the 2021 AIA SD Design Awards People’s Choice Award

Architecture firms submitted 18 projects from across the state for consideration for the 2021 AIA South Dakota Design Awards.

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BUILDING LOST: Dakota Hall

Dakota Hall, Redfield, South Dakota 1909-2021 Cover image courtesy of the Redfield Press Not all historical buildings can be saved.  I love old buildings and have spent much of my career protecting them, renovating them and repurposing them.  There is a little of our history that dies when we lose one.  We lost a significant …

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Back to School: Sioux Falls School District

Ben Reifel Middle School (This series is intended to highlight the new construction, renovation and upgrades to the K-12 public school system in South Dakota. Content submitted is provided by the architects of the projects.) The newest middle school in Sioux Falls is set to welcome students on August 26th, serving the southeast side of …

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Back to School: Sioux Falls School District

Jefferson High School (This series is intended to highlight the new construction, renovation and upgrades to the K-12 public school system in South Dakota. Content submitted is provided by the architects of the projects.) (Content submitted by Architecture Incorporated) Following a successful bond issue to address district-wide facility upgrades and enrollment growth, Architecture Incorporated teamed …

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Building on South Dakota Universities: South Dakota Mines Devereaux Library Renovation

(This series was intended to highlight the new construction, renovation and upgrades to the state universities in South Dakota. Content was submitted by the architects of the projects or by the universities.) (Content submitted by CO-OP Architecture) The Devereaux Library Renovation is part of South Dakota Mines 10-year master plan. The intent of this renovation …

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Building on South Dakota Universities: SDSU Raven Precision Agriculture Center

(This series was intended to highlight the new construction, renovation and upgrades to the state universities in South Dakota. Content was submitted by the architects of the projects or by the universities.) (Content submitted by EAPC Architects Engineers) The new Raven Precision Agriculture Center at South Dakota State University is ready to welcome students this …

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Building on South Dakota Universities: Fun facts about the Northern State University Regional Sports Complex

(This series was intended to highlight the new construction, renovation and upgrades to the state universities in South Dakota. Content was submitted by the architects of the projects or by the universities.) (Content submitted by Northern State University) When the Northern State University Regional Sports Complex opens next month, it won’t just be the tallest …

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