AIA SD awards three firms, SDSU with architecture design awards

South Dakota State University’s Department of Architecture (DoArch) captured an American Institute of Architecture (AIA) South Dakota Honor award and three state architecture firms took home Merit awards, on Friday, Sept. 13, during a ceremony that marked the culmination of AIA South Dakota’s annual conference.

SDSU DoArch, the state’s accredited architecture program, won an Honor Award for Architecture for its design of Passive House in Brookings, a net-zero-energy single-family house built to demonstrate sustainable development to the region’s residents, contractors and building officials. The Brookings home was conceived and built using a housing grant from the South Dakota Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED).

JLG Architects, of Sioux Falls, Rapid City and Brookings, won a Merit Award for Architecture for Farmhouse Bistro in Spearfish, a modern reflection of rural Americana located on a rolling farmstead along Spearfish Creek. The design, which combined indoor and outdoor structures, was informed by the client’s desire to have customers feel as if they were eating in her own home — clean, simple, unadorned, yet comfortable. Farmhouse Bistro also won the People’s Choice Award, voted on by attendees.

TSP Inc., of Sioux Falls, Rapid City and Watertown, won a Merit Award for Architecture for its interior renovation of Hamre Recital Hall at Augustana University in Sioux Falls. The improvements to the 1970s facility provided upgrades to seating, access and acoustics, as well as a warmer and more sophisticated finish palette.

CO-OP Architecture, of Sioux Falls, Aberdeen and Rapid City, won a Merit Award for Architecture for its design of the Northern State University athletic fields in Aberdeen, which is home to Wolves’ soccer, football and more. The design creates shelter and circulation on the upper level for women’s soccer fans, along with cost-effective cladding giving the pavilion its form and material.

Des Moines, Iowa-based substance architecture and Tim Hickman, AIA, LEED AP, a substance architecture principal, served as juror, considering 28 submitted projects. Hickman has directed the design of dozens of higher education, athletic and transportation projects over the last 30 years, including numerous award-winning projects at the University of Iowa. His design of the university’s Newton Road Parking Facility won a National Honor Award for Architecture from the American Institute of Architects.

AIA South Dakota President Patri Acevedo, AIA, of JLG Architects in Rapid City, presented President’s Awards to: Allison Dvorak, AIA, Avera McKennan, for her tireless drive and passion to AIA South Dakota as chair of the communication committee; Dakota Resources and its president, Joe Bartmann, for their work in rural areas of the state; and SDSU DoArch’s Passive House, for putting theory into practice and demonstrating sustainability.

AIA South Dakota also announced the election of its new board for 2020-2021, with new board members replacing Michelle Klobassa, AIA, TSP Inc., Sioux Falls; and Andrew Eitreim, AIA, Architecture Incorporated, Sioux Falls; who complete their terms of service at the end of the year.

  • President: Thomas Hurlbert, AIA, CO-OP Architecture, Sioux Falls
  • Vice-President: Allison Dvorak, AIA, Avera McKennan, Sioux Falls
  • Secretary/Treasurer: Jeff Nelson, Falls Architecture Studio, Sioux Falls
  • Continuing board members: Immediate Past President Patri Acevedo, AIA, JLG Architects, Rapid City; Randy Fisher, Designworks Inc., Rapid City; Sioux Falls; Jenn Johnson, AIA, Black Hills Energy, Rapid City; Brian Rex, Assoc. AIA, South Dakota State University Department of Architecture, Brookings; John Riker, Assoc. AIA, U.S. General Services Administration (GSA), Rapid City; Keith Thompson, AIA, Koch Hazard Architects, Sioux Falls; and Sienna Wegehaupt, AIA, Puetz Corporation, Mitchell
  • New board members:  Chase Kramer, AIA, TSP Inc., Sioux Falls, Justin Oleson, AIA, RSArchitects, Sioux Falls; and Brian Johnson, AIA, Architecture Incorporated, Rapid City

Friday night’s award ceremony and dinner was sponsored by Journey Group, TSP Inc., Pella, L.G. Everist and Minuteman Press.

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