Design in the Hills 2011 was our first year, featuring tours and presentations of local Built Environment design projects. Rapid City was undergoing a revitalization of the downtown area, and we toured the construction site of the new Main Street Square, which would become the heart of Downtown.
The South Dakota Game, Fish & Parks had the Outdoor Campus West was also under construction, creating a significant facility combining Architecture, Landscape Architecture, and Interior Design facility for the Black Hills.
The group also toured the Black Hills Bronze Foundry & Prairie Berry Winery.
The Design in the Hills committee assembled the blog posts for the month of July to celebrate the history of the Design of the Hills event. The committee was formed in 2011 by architects, Kris Bjerke and Tanya Davis and interior designer Maggie Job. Over the years, many new faces have trickled through the committee as leadership in the AIA South Dakota organization has evolved, however Kris has been the anchor to an event which has become a much-anticipated gathering of designers in the Black Hills each summer. The current committee includes Ms. Bjerke, architect and AIA SD board members, Jenn Johnson & Brian Johnson and landscape architect, Tanya Olson. AIA South Dakota executive director, Angela Lammers has been a tremendous supporter and advocate to the event success as well. This year’s in-person event being postponed is an exception to the ‘norm’ due to COVID-19, however the committee wanted to celebrate the success of the event through blog posts capturing previous years and a photo contest collaborating with Black Hills & Badlands Tourism Association. We encourage you to be inspired and participate in the photo contest and mark your calendar for the July 2021’s 10th anniversary Design in the Hills Event.