SAY IT LOUD: Kristine Day

Growing up, my dad was a residential general contractor. I started working with him at a young age, just as a gopher fetching tools he needed. As I got older, I was able to do more and more to the point where I was one of his hired hands (and the only female I might add), able to do pretty much anything he asked. I guess you could say construction is in my blood as well as pushing the limits for what may be expected from a female in the construction industry! Following my graduation from South Dakota School of Mines & Technology in 2015 I began working for the Office of the State Engineer as a Project Engineer.

Over the past 8+ years with OSE I’ve had the privilege of working with a variety of design professionals and contractors on a multitude of projects that vary in scope and size – MEP replacements, to historical projects in the Capitol, to new state of the art construction! I have always had a love for problem-solving and now I get to do that daily! Collaborating with people from different backgrounds, knowledge bases, and expertise allows us to be truly successful. I love getting to work with all these different people and learning from them through their unique experiences.

I’m looking forward to seeing even more from these unique individuals through the SAY IT LOUD exhibit. I think we can all learn from each other and encourage the next generation to join the built environment!

Join Kristine in submitting to be featured in the exhibit with the link below:

Say It Loud: South Dakota Submission

The concept of this exhibit is “To see our faces, hear our voices, feel our impact within the colorful tapestry of our heritage.” SAY IT LOUD is the activation of an international movement of sharing, protecting and celebrating the journey of the underrepresented to inspire the next generation.

The 2023 SAY IT LOUD: South Dakota exhibition will kick off September 24th at the Washington Pavilion.  During the exhibit, there will be continued lectures scheduled with design professionals to share their stories of leadership, advocacy and passion for the built environment to the future design professionals of our communities.


  • Submission period  May 22, 2023 – August 15, 2023
  • Selected Design Professionals Announced: September 2023


  • Applicants are required to live and/or work in South Dakota and be women or BIPOC designer, who have a significant role in the submitted project. 
  • Projects submitted for consideration may be located outside of South Dakota.
  • Women (She, Her) (female or transgender) of any ethnicity and Black, Indigenous, Person of Color
  • Built / Unbuilt Work 

​We strongly encourage submissions that reflect a broad and inclusive definition of design excellence. Each entry is judged for the success with which it has met its individual requirements. Submissions must exhibit design achievement that demonstrates exemplary skill and creativity in the resolution and integration of formal, functional, and technical requirements, including ecological stewardship and social responsibility. Submissions should also reflect a strong sense of place, history, and purpose.

​Our industry is a profession in which design capability is prized and intellectual property is the most common proof of worth, in terms of talent and experience. Contemporary practice is by its nature collaborative. The more complex the project, or the more prolonged the design and construction process, the more individuals may lay valid claim to credit for some part of the work.

​Please comply with the AIA Code of Ethics for credit and attribution below.


  • Featured in the SAY IT LOUD – South Dakota exhibition that will debut in September 2023
  • Your Name, business or work will be promoted by SAY IT LOUD in publications, on websites and social media.
  • Your Profile will be included in the Great Diverse Designers Library. 
  • All those selected will be considered for future SIL Exhibitions.

Kristine Day is the Deputy State Engineer for the Office of the State Engineer (OSE), State of South Dakota. In that roll, she manages all the construction projects for the Capitol Complex in Pierre, SD, oversees the Capitol Complex Maintenance & Repair Budget, supervises half of the OSE staff, provides guidance to the entire OSE office, as well as a host of other duties. Kristine received her Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from South Dakota School of Mines & Technology and her Master of Science in Business Administration of the University of South Dakota. She lives in Pierre with her husband and 2 children and is expecting their 3rd.

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