2019 Posts: A Year in Review

As we begin a new year, it is important to take a retrospective look at the previous one. We celebrate the high points and learn from the low. Happy New Year to our readers. We thank you for your continued support and can’t wait to read what 2020 has in store for Blueprint South Dakota and the architecture community. So, in case you missed it, here are the highlights from 2019.

Taking Professional Exams

Architect Registration Examination (ARE 5.0) Divisions Practice Management Project Management Programming & Analysis Project Planning & Design Project Development & Documentation Construction & Evaluation The ARE Divisions coordinate with the six categories of required experience hours (known as AXP). Top 10 Tips for Taking Professional Exams 10. Feel Prepared Be confident. You’ve got this! If …

Active Senior Living: Taking Advantage of those Golden Years

There has been a lot of attention given to the Live, Work, Play lifestyle that has been popularized by the Millennial generation.  However, other generations have begun realizing the benefits of this type of active lifestyle, and are requesting it for themselves. One such generation are the Baby Boomers. The first of the Baby Boomers began …

In Memoriam

Remembering the AIA South Dakota Members We Lost in 2019 Jeff Hazard, AIA (24 August 1955- 30 August 2019) Jeff attended Washington Senior High (Sioux Falls) before attending University of Kansas and University College, London. Graduating with a Bachelor of Environmental Design with highest distinction. He went on to study at the University of Illinois …

Avera Addiction Care Center – Architect as Owner Representative

Within the last two weeks, Avera has started receiving patients at the newly constructed 32-bed inpatient addiction care facility located near the Avera Specialty Hospital on 69th St. and Louise Ave. in Sioux Falls. This 2-building facility has been completed in a time of need as our communities start to more openly discuss and address …

Preventing Staff Turnover in an Increasingly Competitive Market

With a comparatively limited stock of industry professionals, Midwest design firms continuously struggle with difficulties caused by staff turnover.  The American Institute of Architects (AIA) recently posted an article addressing this issue, and in it, they indicate that the largest turnover rates are found among emerging and mid-career professionals.  Given the state of the industry, …

Rural Resiliency in Abandoned Homes of South Dakota

By Abby Bischoff Resiliency is baked into South Dakota. Our long winters and people whose livelihood is dependant on the land have left a culture of tough and adaptable people.  Those resilient hands built themselves homes as steadfast as themselves.  I’ve spent the last seven years documenting the abandoned farm homes of South Dakota. I’ve …

2019 Young Architect Award Recipient Spotlight – Sara Lum

Every year AIA SD recognizes one architect who has made an impact on their community and serves as an ideal role model for other emerging professionals. This year AIA SD was honored to award one architect in particular who has made it her mission to advance design throughout the state by volunteering her time, and …