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.


The culmination of Family, Military and Civilian Skill sets have come full circle.

Recently our firm has been working on a local VA project that requires blast design consideration and additional physical security measures.  In recent years, these types of requirements were typically for design teams working abroad or overseas or on Federal Buildings here in the US.  Since the first basement bombing of the World Trade Center …

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AIA South Dakota Advocacy Priorities

South Dakota’s 2021 Legislative Session began last week on Tuesday, January 12th with the State of the State Address address by Governor Kristi Noem. See below for the state address in its entirety as Governor Noem reports on the current condition of the state and outlines her priorities for this upcoming year. As the 2021 …

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Violence & siege of U.S. Capitol

Republishing of Joint Statement from Peter Exley, FAIA, American Institute of Architects (AIA) 2021 President & Robert Ivy, FAIA, AIA Executive Vice President and Chief Executive Officer.   First published January 13th, 2021 Destruction is not an acceptable form of expression. Violence is not a viable policy position. Neither has a place in civil society. …

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In Memoriam

As if 2020 wasn’t bad enough, we also lost a number of creative, impactful members of the South Dakota architecture community this year. We are grateful for the time we were able to share with these fine people, and for the lasting impact their work leaves on our state. Gary Stanley, AIA Gary Stanley, 76, …

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January 6th, 2021

January 6th, 2021 will forever be remembered as a dark day in our American history. I stood, paced, and cried in horror as I watched the events of this day unfold on the screen in front of me. As the AIA South Dakota Advocacy committee chair, and a member of the Daughters of the American …

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Hindsight 2020

Here we are. Who would have thought, bright-eyed and hopeful, at this time last year that things would turn out like they have? 2020, the year that will live in infamy, is over and we can move forward. Most are hoping for their lives to go back to normal, but I challenge us all this …

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AIA SD member profile

AIA SD Member profile

AIA SD member profile of Brett Grinkmeyer, AIA, LEED AP.

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AIASD Award Winner: McVicker Plaza

This post was written and submitted by Koch Hazard Architects. McVicker Plaza The Vermillion Chamber & Development Corporation needed their own office space after years of leasing around downtown.  When a prominent location on a corner of Main Street became available, they leapt at the chance to create a meaningful improvement to the historic streetscape …

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AIA SD Award Winner: NSU Jewett Regional Science Education Center

This post was written and submitted by TSP, Inc. Northern State University is recognized for its teacher-education degree programs, so it was natural for NSU leaders to envision the campus’ new science building as a resource not only for college students but also for the larger area’s K-12 school districts and other organizations. The design …

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What if… ?

This is your invitation to the Concrete Credentials podcast episode: Why Net-Zero Is Possible with Concrete.

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