Welcome to Blueprint South Dakota

Welcome to Blueprint South Dakota, a blog created by architects in South Dakota to provide a forum for public conversations with citizens, city planners, developers, property owners, designers, public office holders and others. Through these conversations, we want to participate with the public and community leaders in the creation of vibrant, prosperous, beautiful and effective places to live, work and play in South Dakota. Please join us in conversing about design and planning issues in our state.

Say it Loud: South Dakota 2023

SAY IT LOUD — created by Beyond the Built Environment and curated by Pascale Sablan, FAIA, NOMA — is the activation of a national movement of sharing, protecting and celebrating the journey of the underrepresented to inspire the next generation. SAY IT LOUD: South Dakota has wrapped up its first exhibition in Sioux Falls at …

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Our Buildings Are Boxes | Are Building Our Boxes?

Why box-style architecture is bad… For my final post this month, I’ll return to more traditional and much loved past-time of mine, that is, criticism of bad architecture. We’ve got a problem around here. Our buildings are boxes. Or so many an architect (including me) would say. And its not necessarily localized to “here” per …


Thanksgiving, Blessings, and Success

One of the reasons I enjoy taking on hosting this blog for November is the opportunity to do something… different… particularly around the national holiday we just celebrated. It usually borders on whimsy or sentimentality, and this year we’re going with sentimentality. This month I celebrate my 10th year with TSP, and this year is …


AI and Architecture

I owe it to all you readers to provide a follow up to “my” last post. In case you didn’t scroll to the end, the entire post was generated using a slew of AI (artificial intelligence) tools that are available, generally for free. If you read it, I hope you found the post at least …


South Dakota: The State Where Even Buildings Have Pioneer Spirit

So, here we are, folks. The place where the buffalo roam, the skies are big, and the buildings, well, they’ve got a story to tell. South Dakota, home to more cows than people (probably), is a state that packs a punch when it comes to architecture, and I’m not talking about prairies or presidents carved …


ICYMI: SAY IT LOUD South Dakota Exhibit

Cover image and all images in post provided by Dave Eggen Inertia Sports Media There is one week left to visit the Say It Loud: South Dakota exhibit in the Jerstad Gallery of the Washington Pavilion Visual Arts Center in Sioux Falls! This exhibit, curated by Pascale Sablan, FAIA, NOMA, LEED AP, and Beyond the …

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AIA SD celebrates 2023 Nominated Awards

Each year, AIA SD presents two nominated awards, the Legacy Award, recognizing an AIA South Dakota member for a lifetime of leadership and dedication to architecture, the profession and the community and the Young Architect Award, recognizing an AIA South Dakota member in their early career who have shown exceptional leadership in their contributions to …


AIA SD celebrates 2023 Champion of Architecture

Bernie Hunhoff, Jr.Yankton, SD The AIA South Dakota Champion of Architecture Award is given to both non-architects or companies that promote the practice of architecture that help improve the built environment in our state. The recipient of the award is selected by a committee of past presidents of the South Dakota AIA.  This year’s Champion …

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AIA SD Design Awards

AIA South Dakota presents its 2023 design awards

South Dakota architecture firms captured two American Institute of Architects (AIA) South Dakota Honor Awards and three Merit Awards during this week’s AIA South Dakota annual conference.



Nationally recognized architect to speak at Augustana UniversityTuesday, September 26th 6:30pm Nationally recognized architect Pascale Sablan, FAIA, NOMA, will speak at Augustana University on Tuesday, Sept. 26 as part of SAY IT LOUD South Dakota, an exhibition spotlighting the contributions of women and diverse designers to South Dakota’s built environment. Sablan’s lecture, which begins at …


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