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 …

2021 Design in the Hills: Spearfish, Thursday, July 15

Written by Brian Johnson Our afternoon in Spearfish began with a great, albeit toasty, tour of the new East Jackson Boulevard work recently completed by Tallgrass Landscape Architecture. This project was a unique collaboration between the design team, the City of Spearfish, and other significant stakeholders to redesign one of the area’s most travelled routes. …

2021 Design in the Hills – Deadwood, Thursday, July 15

Written by Jenn Johnson On the morning of Thursday, July 15, the 10th Anniversary of the AIA South Dakota Design in the Hills event was welcomed by Deadwood Mayor David Ruth Jr. at their recently completed Outlaw Square project. This year’s event had record attendance, celebrating the theme ‘Reconnection’ after a year apart. Kevin Kuchenbecker, …

2020 Design in the Hills Recap

The un-conference Design in the Hills event was certainly a change for the committee and the architects in the area who have enjoyed our annual gathering. We hope that everyone has enjoyed the trip down memory lane as we recapped each year of Design in the Hills since 2011 via Blueprint South Dakota blogposts throughout the month of July. On behalf of the committee, we want to extend our greatest thank you to our sponsors for making this year’s virtual platform a possibility. We appreciate the agility to adapt as we brainstormed the possibilities for this year and patience as we navigated a different approach to celebrating the built environment.

2019 Design in the Hills – Rapid City

In 2019, Rapid City made its biennial appearance as the host of Design in the Hills. Because of the numerous technologically innovative projects recently completed in Rapid City, the theme of 2019 was “Innovation RC.” The Design in the Hills Committee also decided to try something new in 2019 – a Call for Submissions throughout the region for built works and current research in the field of design innovation.

2018 Design in the Hills – Custer

Our 2018 Design in the Hills event took us to the southern hills of Custer. Our theme that year centered around the concept of New Ruralism. New Ruralism can be described as an evolving rural planning approach rooted in respect for cultural heritage and empowerment of residents to actively participate in shaping their own environment. The approach focuses on making rural areas thriving, sustainable places to live and work. Custer possesses a great wealth of cultural resources which our event focused on.