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.


GO DESIGN: UTIL Bus Shelter

This summer architects, artists, designers, students, and community members participated in the Sioux Falls Design Center’s GO DESIGN bus stop and shelter design competition. The competition encouraged visions of what sustainable, functional, and creative bus shelters and stops could look like for the Sioux Falls community. As part of the larger GOING METRO project, it …

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GO DESIGN: Another One Rides the Bus

Prototype Bus Stop & Shelter Design Competition This summer architects, artists, designers, students, and community members participated in the Sioux Falls Design Center’s GO DESIGN bus stop and shelter design competition. The competition encouraged visions of what sustainable, functional, and creative bus shelters and stops could look like for the Sioux Falls community. As part …

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AIA SD member profile

AIA SD Member profile – Jamie Ohrt

AIA SD member profile of Jamie Ohrt, Assoc. AIA, Architectural Graduate, TSP, Inc.

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Urban Nest

AIA South Dakota presents its 2021 design awards

South Dakota architecture firms captured one American Institute of Architecture (AIA) South Dakota Honor Award, two Merit Awards and one People’s Choice Award during AIA South Dakota’s recent annual conference.

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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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