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.


Blueprint for Better: Mayoral Panel at AIASD ’20

Back by popular demand, the second annual mayoral panel at this year’s AIA South Dakota Convention included four leaders representing communities across the state. While their cities vary greatly in geography, economy, diversity and population, the mayors found common ground in the challenges they are all facing in planning for a better future. Moderated by …

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Labor Day: Then vs. Now

Happy Labor Day! I associate many things with this holiday; the transition from summer to fall, school in full swing, a long weekend, great sales, and can’t wear white until Easter to name a few. I don’t think I’m alone in forgetting to pause and recognize the significance of the history of the holiday. I …

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Take It Outside

Let’s get this out of the way at the top:  I’m not a doctor and I won’t presume to understand how Covid-19 affects the human body.  I am an architect.  Architecture has always been a powerful way to help humans adapt to and thrive in the world around them.  When it comes to this pandemic, …

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2020 AIA SD Design Awards

Check out the entries for the 2020 AIA SD Design Awards; vote for People’s Choice award

Architecture firms submitted 12 projects from across the state for consideration for the 2020 AIA South Dakota Design Awards. Winners will be announced on Thursday, Sept. 17, 2020 during our virtual South Dakota Design Awards Ceremony.

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The Role of Surface Materials in Cleaning and Disinfecting Schools During COVID-19

(Sponsored content by Pigott) The following article is reposted from Mien Company, a partner of Pigott, by author Dr. Christina Counts. We are now in the midst of a new school year and American students, teachers, and staff are working through a new normal in classrooms to keep COVID-19 from a resurgence this fall. Many districts …

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South Dakota cities collage

Series: Representing Cities We Love

This is the third post of series in which we ask community leaders about the community they live in and share their answers with you. We read what their favorite spaces are in the city and why and what issues their city faces from their point of view. By engaging community leaders, designers and communities …

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Building on South Dakota Universities: USD Dakota Dome

(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 JLG Architects) As one of the first (and now oldest) indoor football stadiums in the nation, the DakotaDome on the …

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Building on South Dakota Universities: NSU Great Plains East and West

(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) Great Plains East and Great Plains West, located across from each other on the residential quad, are …

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Building on South Dakota Universities: NSU 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 and images submitted by Northern State University) In spring 2020, Northern State University broke ground on its brand new, on-campus Regional Sports …

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Building on South Dakota Universities: NSU Jewett Regional Science Education 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 and images submitted by Northern State University) The newest academic building on the Northern State University campus has already made an enormous …

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