AIASD Convention

AIA South Dakota 2018 convention

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

AIA SD Design Awards, 5:30 p.m., Sept. 14 at Holiday Inn Downtown


Registration link coming soon.



Exhibitor information packet


Book your hotel by Aug. 19 to guarantee rate

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



AIA President-elect Bates to present keynote at AIA South Dakota 2018 convention

AIA President-elect William Bates, FAIA, will present the keynote address at the AIA South Dakota 2018 convention, planned for Sept. 13-14 in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. 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.

First Native American woman to become licensed architect to speak at AIA South Dakota

Sovereignty Through Design: Presenting our public keynote at the convention (Thursday, Sept. 13, 2018, 7 p.m.) will be Tamara Eagle Bull, FAIA, an advocate for culturally relevant and responsible design and a recognized leader in the realm of contemporary Native American architecture. 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.

Human Experience “Abled”: Designed to Adapt

What does it mean to incorporate accessible design in an age of continuously developing cognitive disabilities? By beginning to understand developments in neuroscience and technology, we may begin to provide new approaches to inclusive design. This presentation will illustrate how a person-centered approach to barrier-free design results in better buildings for all users. Presented by Stuart Shell, Forte Building Science, Allison Dvorak, AIA, TSP Inc., and Meaghan Walls, Assistology LLC.

Cultivating Leadership Through Service

Through 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.
  • 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
  • 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

NOTE: This year, the AIA South Dakota Convention is the host site for the AIA North Central Region 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.