Design in the Hills


Design in the Hills is a unique gathering of architects, landscape architects, interior designers, engineers and artists from across the state, along with members of the community to celebrate and elevate the standard of design work in the Black Hills. Each year, we focus on projects and places of interest in the Black Hills communities, rotating the event between the various cities in the region. This conference is unique in the design world; while there are sponsors and continuing education credits, very little of it is provided in a traditional classroom setting.

The conference is interactive and mobile. A full day of tours and presentations is followed by a half day primarily filled by a multi-disciplinary design charrette that tackles an interesting project from that year's community of focus.

Photo from Angela Lammers


Tours, a charrette and more at Design in the Hills 2019


Thanks to all who attended Design in the Hills 2019: Innovation Rapid City, held July 18-19 in South Dakota's beautiful Black Hills.

Those attending Day 1's events were treated to spectacular tours of Black Hills Energy's Horizon Point headquarters, the Regional Health Advanced Orthopedic and Sports Medicine Hospital and Rapid City Regional Airport's Green Roof. Attendees also got to listen to presentations on the restorative impact of perceived open space, virtual reality as a design tool and creating spaces for innovation.

Day 2's activities included a presentation and design charrette on Dakotas Aging in Place, our vendor show and the AIA SD Summer Membership meeting.

Read more about Design in the Hills on the AIA SD blog Blueprint South Dakota (

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Thanks to Gage Brothers, Hebron Brick Supply, Syverson Tile & Stone, West Plains Engineering, Journey Group, Bridger Steel and Tallgrass Landscape Architecture for sponsoring Design in the Hills 2019.

Design in the Hills is open to all design professionals, including architects, interior designers, landscape architects, planners, interns and students.