AIASD Convention

AIA SD 2019 Convention

AIA South Dakota's 2019 annual convention is planned for Sept. 12-13, 2019 at the Ramkota Hotel and Convention Center in Sioux Falls. More details to come!




2018 Convention

Sept. 13-14, 2018
Ramkota Hotel and Convention Center
Sioux Falls, South Dakota

AIA SD Design Awards Ceremony and Dinner, 5:30 p.m., Sept. 14 at Holiday Inn City Centre, Downtown



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Best Western Plus Ramkota Hotel (rooms newly remodeled)
3200 W. Maple St. Sioux Falls, SD 57107
Phone: (605) 336-0650
Rate: $104.99/night



Thursday, Sept. 13, 2018


7 a.m.

Registration opens
(LOCATION: Ramkota lobby)

Morning pastries sponsored by South Dakota Ready Mixed Concrete Association

8 a.m.

Blueprint for Better Mayoral Panel: Architecture, Community Development and Economic Growth, sponsored by Architecture Incorporated (1 LU/HSW)
mayors.jpg(LOCATION: Annex, across from Expo Hall)

Featuring Sioux Falls Mayor Paul TenHaken, Spearfish Mayor Dana Boke, Rapid City Mayor Steve Allender and Aberdeen Mayor Mike Levsen and moderated by Patri Acevedo, AIA, President of AIA South Dakota. The 2018 American Institute of Architects Convention theme explores the profession’s most valuable asset–our Voice. As architects, we solve problems through design. We use our voice to protect the public and building owners, advocate for design and transform communities. However, we do not do it alone. We work with a broad group of professionals, including public officials, as clients and partners. South Dakota’s economy is strong, and as our communities continue to grow, building, whether roads or award-winning performance venues, is part of this growth. What we build contributes to the economic development of our cities and public officials are faced with challenging questions: Where do we grow? Do we grow incrementally or all at once? How do we meet the needs of today while planning for tomorrow? During this panel, four South Dakota mayors from across the state will engage in a conversation about the value, priorities and challenges of building for their community’s current needs while planning for a brighter future.

9:15 a.m.

TRACK ONE: Navigating Firm Culture (1 LU)
firmculturepanel.jpg(LOCATION: Amphitheater 1)

Culture is the “how” of any architecture firm. For every flavor of Ben and Jerry’s ice cream, there is a different style of firm culture. Some styles are trending, others innovative, but all aim to increase productivity within the office. In our thriving economy, employee retention is key. What work environments are attracting and retaining employees of every generation? How does a firm retain culture through transitions or expansion? Hear about four very different flavors of firm culture and how it affects their firm’s process. Speakers will discuss the benefits and challenges of innovative office strategies ranging from flex desks to remote offices. Learn how individuals at every level within a firm can be a positive contributor to their firm. Join us as we try to tackle the age old question of work/life balance. Presenters: Nickisha Benjamin, AIA, Molly Ellis, AIA, Bridget Geissler, Associate AIA and Katie Kangas, co-chair of the AIA MN Emerging Professionals Committee.

TRACK TWO: Blueprint for Better P3 Primer, session 1 (1 LU/HSW)
(LOCATION: Amphitheater 2)

blueprintforbetter1b.jpgOur cities are experiencing challenges related to growth such as providing affordable housing, neighborhood revitalization, historic preservation, and sustainable growth. Public-private partnerships (P3s) are a tool to make projects addressing these challenges happen. While there is an increased need for public-private partnerships, there are few precedents in our state and training on this topic is scarce. Part one of the Blueprint for Better Public-Private Partnership session will be an educational P3 primer presentation presented by Erica Beck and a presentation of P3 case study projects by Erin Olson-Douglas and Greg Wattier. The goals of this program is to bring civic leaders, public officials and architects together , to educate about public-private partnerships, and promote well-planned P3s as a way to address community and public needs. This session will feature:

  • Erin Olson-Douglas, city of Des Moines economic development director
  • Greg Wattier, AIA, Slingshot Architecture
  • Erica Beck, chief of staff for Sioux Falls Mayor Paul TenHaken
  • Angie Boersma, AIA, architect at ID8 Architecture, moderator

10:30 a.m.

TRACK ONE: Expanding Access: (Dis)Able By Design (1 LU/HSW)
abledpanel.jpg(LOCATION: Amphitheater 1)

With a growing population of United States residents who experience a disability, Architects have the ability to advocate for these specific occupants within their communities by designing adaptable, inclusive environments. The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990 was a monumental victory for inclusive design focused on barriers for individuals with mobility, vision, and hearing impairments. These standards, however, are unable to address the interwoven dimension of the body and mind within space; a critical consideration for design of those who are affected by sensory processing limitations. With ever-evolving developments in science, technology, and culture, architects are able to revisit accessibility informed by the perspectives of neurodiversity. This presentation will illustrate how a person-centered approach to barrier-free design and understanding of the overall mood of a space results in better buildings for all. Presented by Stuart Shell, Forte Building Science, Allison Dvorak, AIA, TSP Inc., and Meaghan Walls, Assistology LLC.

TRACK TWO: Blueprint for Better P3 Primer, session 2 (1 LU/HSW)
(LOCATION: Amphitheater 2)


Public-private partnerships (P3s) are often a tool to make projects addressing community challenges such as affordable housing, neighborhood revitalization, historic preservation and sustainable growth possible. Part two of the P3 session will feature a panel discussion and Q&A with regional professionals holding extensive experience with public-private partnerships. This panel discussion will explore the nuanced challenges of P3 projects related to funding, legal structure, and design and the more intangible benefits of P3 projects.. The panel will feature:

  • Erin Olson-Douglas, city of Des Moines economic development director
  • Greg Wattier, AIA, Slingshot Architecture
  • Mike Cooper, Sioux Falls city planning director
  • Erica Beck, chief of staff for Sioux Falls Mayor Paul TenHaken
  • Sara Lum, AIA, architect at JLG Architects, moderator
11:30 a.m.


Lunch event: Cultivating Leadership Through Service
(LOCATION: Annex, across from Expo Hall)

cultivatingpanel.jpgThrough the collaboration of the AIA North Central Region's emerging professionals committee, hear from the region's directors, young architects, and architectural associates about their stories of leadership. Each one has invested themselves through many paths of service to the profession and to their communities. The panel will discuss mentorship, service, advocacy and how leadership has played a role in each of our panelists' professional development.

  • Panelist: Kyle Palzer, Assoc. AIA, AIA North Central States Region's Associate Director, Kodet Architectural Group Ltd.
  • Panelist: Thomas Hurlbert, AIA, co-owner and founder of CO-OP Architecture, with offices in Aberdeen, Rapid City and Sioux Falls
  • Panelist: Matt Johnson, AIA, LEED AP, AIA North Central States Regional Director, Managing Principal of Leo A. Daly's Minneapolis office
  • Panelist: John Holten, AIA, NCARB, LEED, Zerr Berg Achitects, Fargo, North Dakota
  • Moderator: Stacey Z. Keller, AIA, NCARB, AIA North Central Region's Young Architect Regional Director, Senior Project Architect at Mead & Hunt, Inc. in Middleton, Wisconsin
1-5:30 p.m.

Exhibit Hall open

Exhibit Hall Platinum Sponsors: Clark Engineering, Nichiha Fiber Cement, Kline-Johnson and Fargo Glass and Paint/Andersen Windows

Gold Sponsors: Petersen Aluminum Corp. (PAC-CLAD), Innovative Architectural Products, Bell Structural Solutions, M3Sixty, Moline Concrete Products, Tymetal and Syverson Tile & Stone

Exhibtor party startng at 4:30 p.m: Sponsored by: Associated Consulting Engineers (ACE) Inc., Smartt Interior Construction, DeSCo Architectural Inc. and Perspective

(LOCATION: Expo Hall)

7:30 p.m.

Evening Keynote: Sovereignty Through Design, Tamara Eagle Bull, FAIA, AICAE, NCARB, President, Encompass Architects, sponsored by the South Dakota Humanities Council, National Endowment for the Humanities and Dakota Resources (1 LU/HSW)
Eagle_Bull.jpg(LOCATION: Annex, across from Expo Hall)

Tamara Eagle Bull, an advocate for culturally relevant and responsible design and a recognized leader in the realm of contemporary Native American architecture, presents our evening public keynote. As the first Native American woman in the U.S. to become a licensed architect, she uses her position and knowledge to improve the schools and communities in which she works. Tamara is a member of the Oglala Lakota Nation, the co-founder of Lincoln, Nebraska-based Encompass Architects and the winner of the 2018 American Institute of Architects (AIA) Whitney M. Young Jr. Award. Her talk will showcase contemporary Indigenous design projects and demonstrate the expression of Native American culture through design.


Friday, Sept. 14, 2018


7 a.m.

Registration table opens
(LOCATION: Ramkota lobby)

Morning pastries sponsored by JLG Architects

8:30 a.m.

AIA South Dakota annual meeting
(LOCATION: Amphitheater 1)

10 a.m.

Learning Environments for Tribal Communities, Tamara Eagle Bull, FAIA, AICAE, NCARB, President, Encompass Architects, sponsored by Sioux Falls Design Center (1 LU/HSW)
Eagle_Bull.jpg(LOCATION: Lincoln/Jefferson rooms)

A new K-8 school for the community of Porcupine on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota was designed utilizing an interactive process involving the students, staff, parents and school board. The design team utilized the requirement of LEED compliance as opportunities to integrate cultural elements. The curriculum influenced the design to support cultural teaching methods. A presentation by Tamara Eagle Bull.

Key learning objectives:

  1. Sovereignty of the Tribal Nation was expressed through the selection process and design process.
  2. Native student based curriculum and interactive design process influenced the layout and design of the facility.
  3. Use of state of the art technology and building systems supplemented and complimented the curriculum. 
  4. Integration of LEED compliance elements were seen as opportunities to incorporate cultural elements.
11 a.m.

Enrichment award winner(s)
(LOCATION: Lincoln/Jefferson rooms)

Presentations from Amanda Jamison and Shyanne Kopfmann and recognition of Jacob Ricke.

11:30 a.m.


Luncheon Keynote: AIA President-elect William Bates, FAIA, sponsored by West Plains Engineering, student lunches sponsored by Koch Hazard Architects
bates.jpg(LOCATION: Washington Room)

AIA President-elect William Bates presents the afternoon keynote address for our AIA South Dakota 2018 convention. Bates, a member of the Board of Directors since 2011, has served terms as a vice president and the chair of the Board Community Committee from 2015-2016. He twice served as president of AIA Pennsylvania, in 1991 and 2010, and was president of AIA Pittsburgh in 1987.

1 p.m.

Juror's keynote - John Ronan, FAIA, sponsored by South Dakota State University DoARCH
John_Ronan.jpg(LOCATION: Lincoln/Jefferson rooms)

John Ronan, FAIA, is founding principal of John Ronan Architects in Chicago, serving as lead designer on all projects. He is known for abstract yet sensuous work that explores materiality and atmosphere. Ronan holds a Master of Architecture degree with distinction from the Harvard University Graduate School of Design, where he received the Julia Amory Appleton Prize upon graduation, and a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Michigan. He is currently the John and Jeanne Rowe Endowed Chair Professor of Architecture at the Illinois Institute of Technology College of Architecture, where he teaches studio courses on architectural design and seminars on the history and theory of material culture in architecture. A monograph on his work, entitled Explorations: The Architecture of John Ronan, was published by Princeton Architectural Press in 2010, and a book on his building, The Poetry Foundation, was published by the Center for American Architecture & Design at the University of Texas in 2015.


2:30 - 4:30 p.m. Gage_Brothers.jpgTour of new Gage Brothers facility, bus sponsored by Gage Brothers (2 LU/HSW)
Tour of Gage Brothers' new $40 million state-of-the-art precast concrete production facility in northeast Sioux Falls. The 210,000-square-foot plant will be the most automated and efficient precast plant in North America.
5:30 p.m.

AIA South Dakota Design Awards and Dinner sponsored by Journey Group and TSP Inc.

Thanks to L. G. Everist for supplying the service and president's awards.

(LOCATION: Holiday Inn City Centre downtown, Starlight room)

Social hour: 5:30 p.m.
Dinner: 6:30 p.m.
Program: 7 p.m.


AIA North Central States Emerging Professionals Summit

This year, the AIA South Dakota Convention is the host site for the AIA North Central States Emerging Professionals Summit, drawing young architects (architects licensed 10 years or less) and design professionals from Minnesota, North Dakota and Wisconsin. The summit is being held on Wednesday, Sept. 12, at the Sioux Falls Design Center, 108 W 11th St. Click here to register for the summit.

Wednesday, Sept. 12, at the Sioux Falls Design Center

1-1:15 p.m. Introduction, purpose, goals and ice breaker (Stacey/Kyle)
1:15-2:15 p.m. Leadership building
2:15-2:45 p.m. Firm culture and leadership discussion
2:45-3:45 p.m. Regional committee updates, visioning and mission
3:45-4:15 p.m. National updates - Strategic Council, COF, YAF and NAC reports
Break to shift to Architecture Incorporated
4:30-5:45 p.m. State challenges/Success break-outs and discussion
5:45-6:30 p.m. Synthesis and action items
Return to Sioux Falls Design Center
6:30-7:30 p.m. Open Happy Hour Mixer (Drinks sponsored by ISG; apps sponsored by EAPC)
7:30 p.m. Dinner - location TBD, expense on your own