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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.


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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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Blueprint South Dakota

Great Spaces, Great Places: 1 Great Year, 100 Great Posts.

A little over a year ago, a group of AIA South Dakota members banded together to create a virtual space for public outreach to “build strong South Dakota communities and to connect ideas and expertise to address challenges in our state.” As the AIA South Dakota Communications board liaison, I wanted to take a moment …

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Creative Community Collaboration – Levitt at the Falls

Rose Ann Hofland, Director of Communications and Community Engagement for Levitt at the Falls “For every element of the Levitt Shell, I think about the people who came together to make it possible.  Everyone played their part, and I am so incredibly proud of the Sioux Falls community for coming together to make this mission …

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Why did a gerontologist attend Design in the Hills?

Leacey Brown – SDSU Extension Gerontology Field Specialist Design in the Hills is an event that typically attracts architects, designers, engineers, and other professionals in the building industry so why would a gerontologist attend?  For the benefit of readers not familiar with gerontology, it is the study of aging. In contrast, geriatrics is a medical …

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Series: Architectural Working Conditions

This month’s Architectural Working Conditions features Design in the Hills, held in Rapid City. With busy schedules and deadlines, it is a great occasion when architects from firms across the state are able to get together to think creatively about design issues that affect our communities. The video below shows a clip of the design …

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