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.


An open Letter to Blueprint South Dakota’s Committee

Dear Blueprint South Dakota Committee, I wanted to thank you for approaching the Sioux Falls Arts Council to host the Blueprint South Dakota blog for a second time. Back in October of 2020 we had the opportunity to host the blog and used that time to explore the many intersections between the arts and architecture. …

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A mentoring program from National AIA

Are you looking for guidance on the next step in your career? Are you looking for ways to mentor the next generation of architect leaders? In a successful mentoring relationship, everyone wins. Mentees get the coaching and career development they need to be successful. And mentors strengthen their leadership skills and learn new perspectives on …

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AIA South Dakota presents its 2022 design awards

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – South Dakota architecture firms captured one American Institute of Architects (AIA) South Dakota Honor Award and three Merit Awards during AIA South Dakota’s recent annual conference. JLG Architects of Sioux Falls and Rapid City won an Honor Award in Architecture for the Dakota State University Cyber Lab in Madison (featured photo). The facility houses a …

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AIA SD Announces 2022 Champion of Architecture Award

The 2022 Champion of Architecture Award was given to Jay Vogt, who served two roles as Director of the State Historical Society and South Dakota State Historic Preservation Officer. The award was presented at the recent South Dakota American Institute of Architects state convention in Sioux Falls, SD. The award is given to non-architects or …

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AIA SD Convention: ONE WEEK AWAY!

There is still time to register to attend this year’s AIA South Dakota convention in Sioux Falls, South Dakota – The first year at the Convention Center! We are starting this year with our first tour Wednesday, September 14th and ending Friday, September 16th across the river with a tour of the Cherapa Place expansion! …

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AIA Advocacy Engagement Success!

Signed into law on August 16th, 2022, the Inflation Reduction Act (H. R. 5376) includes priorities directly affecting architects, such as buildling codes, climate tax incentives, and affordable housing. It also makes significant changes to the corporate tax rate and allows Medicare to negotiate prescription drug prices. Notable items defined by AIA National are as …

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Design in the Hills: Friday Presentation and Charette Recap

By Bobbie Koch (Sicangu Lakota) Associate AIA & AICAE, and Valeriah Big Eagle (Ihanktonwan) Ed.D., M.S.Ed. Since the 1940s, our Lakota Uncis – our grandmothers – advocated to bring a Native American Community Center to Mniluzahan Otunwahe (Rapid City). For the past few years, He Sapa Otipi – Community Center for the People of the …

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Design in the Hills: Thursday Afternoon Recap

By Cassie Pospishil, Associate AIA Thursday afternoon, attendees visited the Accelerator Building, the Monument, and Memorial Park. All of these are located in the downtown Rapid City area. The Accelerator Building Though there were many aspects of the Accelerator Building that were stunning, one main theme I would like to elaborate on is the indoor-outdoor …

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AIA SD Celebrates Newly Licensed Architect at Design in the Hills

One of AIA SD’s newest traditions is celebrating newly licensed architects in the state of South Dakota. This year at Design in the Hills, we had the honor of recognizing newly licensed architect, Megan Walz, AIA, from JLG Architects! Congratulations on your achievement! Earning an architectural license is no easy task, and it takes a …

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Design in the Hills: Thursday Morning Recap, Part II

By Tanya Olson, ASLA, SD Section Chair, Nebraska/Dakotas Chapter ASLA Our second stop on “tour day” for Design in the Hills 2022 was the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology campus where we toured a new construction project and a building renovation project. South Dakota Mines Pearson Alumni and Conference Center Jenn Johnson, AIA …

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