Design in the Hills: Tile Demonstration, Friday, July 16

Written By Kristine Bjerke, AIA Design in the Hills Friday mornings are always focused on some type of hands-on, interactive session.  This year we had the opportunity for a hands-on course in selecting the best Schluter Systems trim profiles for a variety of ceramic tile transition scenarios.  The demonstration /presentation and workshop was sponsored by …

Design in the Hills: Brick Demonstration, Friday, July 16

Written By Tanya Olson The Friday morning session at Design in the Hills this year was an outdoor hands on workshop at Hebron Brick Supply in Rapid City, co-hosted by Hebron Brick Supply and Syverson Tile & Stone.  Kevin Aker of Hebron Brick had quite the hands-on set up waiting for attendees, with three demonstration …

Brick Staining

(Content submitted by Stacy Watters, PE, South Dakota State Engineer) Isn’t it amazing that you can look at a brick building and narrow down the decade in which it was constructed based on the color of brick? I often find myself thinking, “well isn’t that a 1970’s gem!” or “that was definitely an early 2000 …

Grassroots 2021 Recap: Bring it Home, Part 1/2

Cover image by AIA National Architect, Advocate, Activist. Three words AIA members are called to be. Last week, I had the honor of attending the annual Grassroots convention hosted virtually by AIA National’s 2021 President Elect, Dan Hart, FAIA. With the theme of “Bring it Home,” this four day leadership event focused on skillsets we …

Harmonizing – Designing with Music in Mind (Part II)

Practical considerations for designing performance spaces, from a performer, designer, and consumer; Part II On Monday’s post, we covered some basic visual aspects of music performance spaces design. However, the key purpose of these spaces is for hearing, and for that an understanding of architectural acoustics is warranted. When it comes to acoustics, we are …