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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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New leaders elected to AIA Board of Directors

Emily A. Grandstaff-Rice, FAIA, elected 2023 President-elect. Repost from AIA National Press release, June 15, 2021. AIA delegates elected Emily A. Grandstaff-Rice, FAIA, of Boston Society of Architects/AIA Massachusetts as the 2022 First Vice President/2023 President-elect; Timothy C. Hawk, FAIA, of AIA Columbus/AIA Ohio as the 2022–2023 Treasurer; and Kevin M. Holland, FAIA, of AIA …

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Design in the Hills: Brick Demonstration, Friday, July 16

Written By Tanya Olson The Friday morning session at Design in the Hills this year was an outdoor hands on workshop at Hebron Brick Supply in Rapid City, co-hosted by Hebron Brick Supply and Syverson Tile & Stone.  Kevin Aker of Hebron Brick had quite the hands-on set up waiting for attendees, with three demonstration …

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2021 Design in the Hills: Spearfish, Thursday, July 15

Written by Brian Johnson Our afternoon in Spearfish began with a great, albeit toasty, tour of the new East Jackson Boulevard work recently completed by Tallgrass Landscape Architecture. This project was a unique collaboration between the design team, the City of Spearfish, and other significant stakeholders to redesign one of the area’s most travelled routes. …

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Representing Cities We Love: Spearfish

For the month of July, we have focused our articles on topics related to the Black Hills, including highlights from the Design in the Hills conference. Though it is important to celebrate the work of our fellow designers in these cities, it is also important to celebrate and learn about the communites in which these …

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2021 Design in the Hills – Deadwood, Thursday, July 15

Written by Jenn Johnson On the morning of Thursday, July 15, the 10th Anniversary of the AIA South Dakota Design in the Hills event was welcomed by Deadwood Mayor David Ruth Jr. at their recently completed Outlaw Square project. This year’s event had record attendance, celebrating the theme ‘Reconnection’ after a year apart. Kevin Kuchenbecker, …

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Project Feature: Outlaw Square

Thursday, July 15 will kick off the 10th Anniversary of the AIA South Dakota Design in the Hills event. This year’s event will commence at the recently completed Outlaw Square project in Deadwood, SD with a presentation by Deadwood’ Kevin Kuchenbecker. The Outlaw Square project took several years of planning and involvement from design firms …

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2021 Design in the Hills – Reconnection

After a year apart and celebrating the 2020 Design in the Hills event virtually through blogposts highlighting previous years, we are coming back together for an in-person event. This year is a special 10-year anniversary celebration of Design in the Hills with a theme of ‘reconnection’. The theme references a time for design professionals to …

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Future of Work: Looking forward

Three shifts to help organizations navigate a post-pandemic future (Sponsored content by Pigott, provided by Herman Miller. All images from Herman Miller) The leveling effect of a global pandemic touches every aspect of life: home, work, and all the places in between. At Herman Miller, we believe that problem-solving, human-centered design means supporting people wherever …

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Independence Day Thoughts on Architecture Part 2

Patricia Acevedo Fuentes, AIA, is AIA South Dakota’s Immediate Past President and also serves as the vice-moderator for the AIA National Strategic Council where she is a champion for rural communities. Originally from Puerto Rico, she is an Architect in Rapid City, South Dakota and 2021 Bush Fellow. Allison Dvorak, AIA, is AIA South Dakota’s Vice President and Advocacy Committee …

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Transitioning from institutional Mindset to the Professional Workforce

by Kate Walker I will be the first person to tell you that getting my degree in architecture at DoArch has been an incredible gift and privilege in my life that would not have been possible if Brian, Chuck, Federico and Jessica had not brought the School of Architecture to South Dakota. I am forever …

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