The 2018 South Dakota AIA convention began this morning with an insightful mayoral panel discussion on the challenges facing our growing cities and how architects will play a crucial role in the planning and design effort.
A comment that struck me came from Spearfish Mayor Dana Boke: a great project can be derailed by a single phone call to a city councilor. It is incumbent on citizens to be proactive and make time to show support for the projects that will advance our communities. This is especially true for citizen architects, for projects that impact the built environment.
I for one took this to heart, and look forward to the next opportunity to engage my local representative when a promising project is under review by the city council.
If you attended the mayoral panel or another session today, please comment on the issues that resonated with you.
Feature photo of mayors speaking on AIA panel by Cipher Imaging
Keith Thompson, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, is a principal at Koch Hazard Architects in Sioux Falls and an AIA South Dakota board member.