It Takes a Village

For over 35 years I have had the pleasure of working with Architects, Engineers, Interior Designers, and Landscape Architects as they have used their unique perspective and skill sets in creating our built environment. The Sioux Falls Arts Council (SFAC) Board includes members with backgrounds in law, business, human resources, arts, education, architecture and engineering. For a …

The Importance of Expertise in Creating and Supporting Municipal Cultural Growth

The City of Sioux Falls has provided support for nonprofit arts and cultural organizations for decades.  It was instrumental in the development of the Washington Pavilion, and continues to own the facility while leasing it to a nonprofit corporation that operates its performing, visual arts and science center.  It owns the Orpheum Theatre, home of …

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 …

An interview with Pascale Sablan, Architect/Advocate: Part 2

We continue the conversation with Pascale in Part 2 discussing her personal journey through the architectural industry. AD: How have you been able to see the impact of your contributions to the architectural industry?  PS: First, a few years ago I was lecturing at an AIA Brooklyn event and a young woman approached me after …

An interview with Pascale Sablan, Architect/Advocate: Part 1

It was my honor to conduct the following interview, posted in two parts, with Pascale Sablan, FAIA, an Architect/Advocate creating a diverse community network of those who impact our built environment through her organization, Beyond the Built Environment, as well as her work as an Associate at Adjaye Associates in New York City. AD: Pascale, …

SDSU Chicoine AME Renaming Ceremony

(Cover image courtesy of SDSU) Over the past weekend, South Dakota State University officially celebrated the naming of the Chicoine Architecture, Mathematics & Engineering Hall with a ceremony honoring the 19th President of SDSU. Serving as President from 2007–2016, David Chicoine was instrumental in the founding of the Department of Architecture in 2010 and believed …

AIA RURAL + SUBURBAN WORKSHOP with South Dakota and North Dakota

By John Horky, FAIA On August 10th, six AIA South Dakota members and three AIA North Dakota members, along with both components’ Executive Directors, convened to discuss their specific experiences, including both the challenges and the advantages, of working in rural and suburban areas. This event was one of nine listening sessions taking place across …

New leaders elected to AIA Board of Directors

AIA circle

Emily A. Grandstaff-Rice, FAIA, elected 2023 President-elect. Repost from AIA National Press release, June 15, 2021. AIA delegates elected Emily A. Grandstaff-Rice, FAIA, of Boston Society of Architects/AIA Massachusetts as the 2022 First Vice President/2023 President-elect; Timothy C. Hawk, FAIA, of AIA Columbus/AIA Ohio as the 2022–2023 Treasurer; and Kevin M. Holland, FAIA, of AIA …