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.


Pella Offers Two New ADA Options

(Sponsored content by Pella Windows)  Pella Offers Two New ADA Options  When it comes to having it all, Pella Impervia fiberglass is an overachiever.  Pella Impervia products are engineered for the rigorous performance requirements of a commercial building and now have options that meet ADA requirements.    Pella’s Impervia sliding patio door features the lowest standard …

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New Uses for Historic Buildings

Not all great historic buildings can be saved for their original purpose.  Sometimes they are vacated due to new ownership, sometimes they become too small and many have accessibility issues.  When a building is remodeled for a new purpose, architects call it adaptive reuse.  Buildings that cannot find new uses are often abandoned and eventually …

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Road to the Register

(Cover image by Sandra Lea Dickenson, AIA Emeritus) Her name was Margaret Wellington.  She was the wife of Dr. Raynor Wellington, history professor at the University of South Dakota in Vermillion.  Margaret was a member of the building committee for a new home for the First Congregational Church in Vermillion, South Dakota (now known as …

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Designing a better tomorrow

(Sponsored content by Pigott, provided by MillerKnoll.) With work and life entering a new era, MillerKnoll can help organizations seize this opportunity to reinvigorate their culture, improve the health and productivity of their teams, and foster a greater sense of belonging for their people. Since the start of the pandemic, the world’s understanding of the very …

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Cities We Love: Mitchell

Mitchell, SD Mitchell offers the best of small-town living, family centered amenities, and a broad array of attractions and activities. With a population of almost 16,000, it is the 6th largest city in SD. Mitchell is the primary hub for many surrounding small towns which adds an additional 6,000 people to it’s micropolitan population. Mayor …

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A Day In The Life

I always enjoy viewing “day in the life” posts or feeds from those I follow on various social platforms. It’s always interesting to see how other people live and how they fit in all they do “behind the scenes”. What does a day look like in the life of an Architect or design professional? In …

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AIASD: Continuing Education

The South Dakota AIA chapter does an excellent job at offering credits through local, relevant events across our state.

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Sioux Falls: Sustainability and Climate Action Plan

Last week, the city of Sioux Falls moved into the third and final community engagement phase of the new Sustainability and Climate Action Plan. Public comments are open from March 1- March 21. Community Engagement Phase 3Early 2022. Public comment period of the written Plan.Purpose: To obtain and incorporate as applicable final comment from the public on …

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February is Advocacy Month

What is advocacy, and what does it mean for our profession in the state of South Dakota. Advocacy can be defined as supporting the cause, or in the case of architecture, it can be a method of how we continue and strive to protect the life, safety and welfare of those who work and live …

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AIA SD celebrates newly licensed architects

Photos by Lauren Deshler, AIA. Top Row: Aaron Johnson, Aspen Thorstenson. Second Row: Jacob Rike, Kevin Genzlinger. Third row: Levi Pfeil, Manisha Shrestha. All licenses congratulated by AIA SD 2020-2021 President Tom Hurlbert and State Licensing Advisor Terri Miller. Arguably, there is no greater achievement for an architect than licensure. So AIA SD, led by …

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