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 SD Firm Feature

LEO A DALY Please provide an overview of your firm: LEO A DALY’s diverse and creative teams combine planning, architecture, engineering and interiors expertise to offer a holistic response to our clients’ challenges. For more than 100 years, we’ve created places that inspire wonder, connect communities, and enable great things. Our design approach is energized …

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AIA SD Firm Feature

Architecture Incorporated Please provide an overview of your firm. Founded in 1976, Architecture Incorporated is a full-service design firm that provides architectural, interior design, and master planning services. We have offices in Sioux Falls and Rapid City with a combined team of 25 professionals, including 12 architects and four interior designers. Our top priority has …

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AIA SD Firm Feature

Lloyd Companies Please provide an overview of your firm. Lloyd is a multifaceted real estate company specializing in Development, Real Estate, Construction, Architecture, Property Management, Hospitality and Apartments. Working together or separately, our specialized business divisions bring valuable expertise and resources to every development project, construction venture or real estate investment. Headquartered in Sioux Falls SD …

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The Ideal, The Finished, The Happening, and The Future of AIAS SD

When we say we have learned a lot from this year, we mean we learned A LOT. Not only because that is what we are supposed to be doing in school, but because of everything that has been going on. As you all know, it is difficult to make plans when you do not know …

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A Digital Day in the Life of a Student…

These days, we all know our way around a zoom call (for the most part). When classes shifted online last spring, it seemed like our routine had been turned upside down. This year however, the virtual world of classes has been easier to navigate as we have come to know what to expect. While virtual …

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SDSU DoArch’s Open House Chicago Trip 2019

What is Open House Chicago (OHC)? It is an annual citywide festival, with sites and events distributed throughout multiple neighborhoods, areas, and select Chicago suburbs that each provide free and open access to the public at the participating locations. The festival itself is produced by the Chicago Architecture Center (CAC) which is one of the …

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Connecting Through Mentorship

We can’t learn everything in school. What’s the missing bridge of a student to a professional? Experience? Sure. Age? Sure. More than likely though, that development happens years after graduation. Why not before? Why not start the process of acclimation during school?  AIAS SD has recently paired with AIA SD in a mentorship opportunity to …

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AIAS FORUM | Chicago 2021

‘Palimpsest’. What does that mean to you? Adaptive reuse? Reinhabitation? Rebuilding? Transformation? Layering histories? Sustainability? AIAS FORUM 2021 revolved around the word ‘palimpsest’. In architecture, that word refers to reusing an object for a different purpose than its previous life. The virtual conference in early January covered many topics through inspiring speakers and their definition …

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Passive House 3.0: A Series | Part 4/4 and Conclusion

Part 4 | Outreach The fourth and final part of the Passive House Series is about outreach and our ongoing mission to educate our community. As we began our work on PH03, we as a class identified our primary and secondary goals for the semester.  Our primary goal was to complete a high performance, retrofit …

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Passive House 3.0: A Series | Part 3/4

Part 3 | Envelope The Passive House 3.0 series continues with talk about the envelope of the structure. Beginning the retrofit, we as a team needed to take a deep dive into the detailing it takes to meet the standards of a Passive House envelope. Other than the normal construction of a building, there are …

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