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 Submissions Live

In collaboration with Beyond the Built Environment and Pascale Sablan, FAIA, a local collection of South Dakota design professionals across the built environment are excited to announce submissions are now LIVE for this fall’s SAY IT LOUD: South Dakota exhibit, an exhibition elevating the contributions of women and diverse architects, engineers, interior designers, landscape architects, …

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Why we care about historic buildings

For most architects and architecture aficionados, the case for preserving and rehabilitating historic buildings seems like plain common sense. For the skeptics and fence-sitters out there, we put together a list of resources that lay out the many, many benefits of saving our older buildings. The 6-point list below comes from the National Trust for …

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Representing the Work of a Master in the National Register of Historic Places

by Liz Almlie, Historic Preservation Specialist- South Dakota State Historical Society Of properties recognized in the National Register of Historic Places, one slice of them are nominated as the work of a master architect or craftsperson, which could also include builders, landscape architects, bridge engineers, and others.  These are places that best represent their body …

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National Preservation Month

May is National Preservation Month, and Blueprint: SD will be highlighting relevant stories from the state, region and across the country to highlight some of the great work taking place in the field of architectural preservation and rehabilition. To begin this month’s focus, we’ve assembled a great list of resources to explore- for education, advocacy …

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Introducing High-performance buildings

Cover image: A high performance building in hot and arid climate High-performance building is a design approach that aims to reduce the energy consumption and environmental impact of buildings while also improving the comfort and well-being of occupants. This approach involves the integration of advanced technologies, sustainable materials, and passive design strategies that work together …

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April 22, 2023 Happy Earth Day! 

Content submitted by Sandra Callies, AIA NCARBInstructor of Architecture at South Dakota State University A more deliberate, material and longevity-focused take on fashion and clothing design is getting recognition from earth-conscious consumers as finally getting it right! Since this topic is highlighted typically in the month of April for Earth Day, I figured I’d use …

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Vertical Building Studio: Student Perspective

“Building Studio is a vertical building design studio offered to 2,3,4 and 5-yr students every spring. Students study and produce detailed material and structural characteristics of architectural elements (foundation, wall, floor, roof, opening, etc) – connected to different types of construction systems. The semester begins from the specific, in order to draw design depth from …

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From the NOMA Student

Some of the most rewarding experiences can be found through the effort of organizing. Interorganizational interactions are one such engagement in the process of organizing. The NOMAS at SDSU students’ experiences are contextualized through inter-organizational interactions within the city of Brookings, the human capital constructs of the South Dakota Board of Regents, and the rare …

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AIAS 2023 Midwest Quad Conference

AIAS Re-Imagine The AIAS 2023 Midwest Quad Conference Re-Imagine recently took place from March 9th through the 12th, and it was an incredible experience for 15 South Dakota State University architecture students.  The conference was held in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and was attended by students from all over the Midwest. Students were allowed to branch out …

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Getting up-close and personal with your facility

Sponsored Content by Farris Engineering How well do you know your facility? How do you track your mechanical, electrical, plumbing, or other equipment? How are the conditions of your roofs, exterior façade, parking lots, etc.? Facility assessments are key in developing a strategic plan of attack for maintaining a facility for years to come. To …

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