Architecture and Typography

Although architects are most commonly known for designing buildings, the realm of architectural design often expands into graphic design, typography, furniture design, fashion, landscapes, lighting, acoustics, and urban planning. These various but related fields often merge when considering the design of a new structure. It is impossible to successfully design a new building if you …

Home on the Prairie

By: Sandra Callies, AIA Sandra Callies, AIA, NCARB is a licensed architect working in the State of Washington at Ron Wright & Associates/Architects. She is originally from Sioux Falls and has also lived in Spearfish. She is passionate about South Dakota’s incredible geological landscapes. Sandra enjoys being outdoors and running half marathon races. She received her …

AIA SD Spring Membership Meeting – April 17

AIA South Dakota’s annual spring membership meeting will be hosted in Brookings, SD on Wednesday, April 17, 2019. SDSU DoArch will be hosting the AIA meeting in the afternoon, but the day will also include tours of the following new construction on SDSU’s campus: -Harding Hall-SDSU Wellness Center-SDSU Performing Arts Center In mid April of …

AIA National Photography Competition

Produced by The American Institute of Architects St. Louis Chapter This year, the St. Louis AIA Chapter will celebrate it’s thirtieth year hosting the annual AIA National Photography competition. This competition was “founded to capture and honor architects, design professionals and architectural students (AIAS members) whose amazing talents are showcased in their photographic interpretation of …

Affordable Housing & Sustainability

South Dakota Housing Development Authority (SDHDA) was created by the South Dakota Legislature in 1973 with a stated mission to provide decent, safe, and affordable housing to low and moderate income South Dakotans. SDHDA is a self-supporting, non-profit entity. SDHDA utilizes housing bonds, tax credits, and other federal and state resources to fund housing programs which provide …

Documenting America’s Architectural Legacy

First created during the New Deal of the 1930s, the heritage documentation programs of the National Park Service have been recording and archiving our national architectural history for over 85 years.  The three programs are the Historic American Building Survey (HABS), the Historic American Engineering Record (HAER), and the Historic American Landscape Survey (HALS).  Their …

Series: Architectural Working Conditions

Have you ever seen an architect in action? Have you ever wondered what an Architect’s desk/house/car/process looks like? I’m excited to begin this monthly series of “Architectural Working Conditions” featuring all the wonderful South Dakota architects, designers and the like! This month features the attendees of the 2018 Design in the Hills, a small convention …

Happy New Year from Blueprint South Dakota!

2018 was a great year for architecture and design in South Dakota- here are a few links to check out some of the best work that was completed nationally and around the world. Let us know what stands out to you and why! https://www.archdaily.com/907313/the-best-architecture-of-2018 https://www.architecturalrecord.com/articles/13833-notable-projects-of-2018?id=13833-notable-projects-of-2018&ajs_uid=3237H0803912E4W&oly_enc_id=3237H0803912E4W&ajs_trait_oebid=3782E0258467B1M Keith ThompsonKeith Thompson, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, is a principal …