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.


An interview with Pascale Sablan, Architect/Advocate: Part 2

We continue the conversation with Pascale in Part 2 discussing her personal journey through the architectural industry. AD: How have you been able to see the impact of your contributions to the architectural industry?  PS: First, a few years ago I was lecturing at an AIA Brooklyn event and a young woman approached me after …

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M3: Movements, Moments + Maps (Part 02)

AIA South Dakota Scholarship Winner 2021 During the Fall 2021 semester the sixth years at South Dakota State University explored their own independent projects. Each student selected their own topic to develop throughout the semester. I also worked through mine during the summer prior as a part of the AIA Enrichment Award Scholarship. The project …

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M3: Movements, Moments + Maps (Part 01)

AIA South Dakota Scholarship Winner 2021 During the Fall 2021 semester the sixth years at South Dakota State University explored their own independent projects. Each student selected their own topic to develop throughout the semester. I also worked through mine during the summer prior as a part of the AIA Enrichment Award Scholarship. The project …

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In Memoriam 2021

As we continue to navigate our new normal with post 2020-21, we wanted to take a moment to remember those architects within South Dakota that have passed this last year. As we look forward to the future of what 2022 has in store for us, we are grateful for the lasting impact these individuals had …

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Call for Presentations!

Present at Design in the Hills, 2022 AIA SD Annual Convention AIA South Dakota has issued a Call for Presentations for Design in the Hills, planned for July 14-15, 2022, and the AIA South Dakota Annual Convention and Expo, scheduled for Sept. 15-16, 2022.Those who have knowledge and insight that may be of value to …

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2021 AIASD Peoples’ Choice Award

The South Dakota Veterans Cemetery is the first federally funded, state-owned and operated, veterans cemetery in South Dakota. This 60-acre property offers a picturesque setting in northereastern Sioux Falls, conveniently located along Interstate 90. The cemetery will serve veterans throughout the state and around the country, as there is no state residency requirement to be …

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AIASD Award Winner: NSU Regional Sports Complex

Post and images submitted by CO-OP Architects. The Northern State University Regional Sports Complex includes a new on-campus DII football stadium, with seating for 4,000 fans with flexible berms to handle larger crowds.  Suites, loge boxes, premier club seating, press level amenities, locker rooms, Champions Lounge, and concessions are also included in the design. In …

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AIASD Award Winner: Sauna Cube

Post and images submitted by Robert Arlt Architect. The sauna cube is a self-designed and built project sited in the backyard of our central Sioux Falls Midcentury ranch house. The project started out imagined as a garden shed but changed during covid after taking a trip in the summer of 2020 and spending time at a …

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AIASD Award Winner: Urban Nest

Post and images submitted by Robert Arlt Architect. PROJECT OVERVIEW The Urban Nest project is an “Urban Refill” home for a family with two young sons just south of downtown Sioux Falls in a well-established, walkable neighborhood. The site resides outside of designated historic review areas but sits in the middle of a row of …

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Lakisha Woods selected AIA Executive Vice President/Chief Executive Officer

Woods will serve as the 15th EVP/CEO of the American Institute of Architects. Repost from AIA National press release November 19, 2021. The American Institute of Architects (AIA) Board of Directors has selected Lakisha Ann Woods, CAE, as the next AIA Executive Vice President/Chief Executive Officer effective Jan. 31, 2022. “It is an honor to …

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