Get Involved

The AIA South Dakota Board of Directors invites you to help strengthen your membership organization by volunteering for one of our working groups. 

Email the committee leader to learn more.

Architecture SD Magazine Editorial Committee

Help tell the stories of design and architecture around our state by getting involved in concepting, designing, writing, editing or selling advertising in support of Architecture SD magazine. The Committee meets approximately eight times per year. 

To inquire or join, contact Keith Thompson, AIA.

  • Keith Thompson, AIA (Chair)
  • Larry Crane, AIA
  • Sandra Lea Dickenson, AIA
  • Todd Stone, AIA
  • Dave Van Nieuwenhuyzen, AIA
  • Tom Hurlbert, AIA
  • John Riker, Assoc. AIA
  • Chase Kramer, AIA
  • Lucas Fiegen, Assoc. AIA
  • Brian Rotert

design:South Dakota Team 

Help rural communities around our state design their future in collaboration with design: SD, a project which underscores the important role design plays in community and economic development. Get involved in community selection, charrette planning, community engagement, or the the three-day community design charrettes.

 To inquire or join, contact Keith Thompson, AIA.

  • Keith Thompson, AIA (Chair)
  • Jason Kann, Assoc AIA
  • Todd Stone, AIA
  • Charles MacBride, AIA
  • Frederico Garcia-Lammers, Assoc. AIA
  • Larry Crane, AIA
  • Sandra Lea Dickenson, AIA
  • TJ Olson

Design in the Hills (Summer Membership Meeting) Committee

Help plan and organize the annual July membership event in the Black Hills. Get involved in planning, organizing, promoting, providing continuing education, etc.

 To inquire or join, contact Kristine Bjerke, AIA.

  • Kristine Bjerke, AIA (Chair)
  • Andrew Fett, AIA
  • Jeremy Altman, Assoc. AIA
  • Jordan Burbach, Assoc. AIA

Annual Convention Committee

Help plan and organize the chapter's big event of the year every October. Get involved in logistics, selecting speakers and workshops, coordinating the exhibit hall, promotion, planning networking events, finding sponsors, and more.

 To inquire or join, contact Gene Fennell, AIA.

  • Gene Fennell, AIA (Chair)
  • Keith Thompson, AIA
  • Charles MacBride, AIA
  • Catherine Dekkenga, AIA
  • Sara Lum, Assoc AIA

Communications Committee

Help our members demonstrate why architecture and AIA South Dakota matters to communities and leaders across the state and region. Develop marketing plans and be involved in enhancing the AIA South Dakota website, social media and virtual AIA storefront.  To inquire or join, contact Dave Van Nieuwenhuyzen, AIA.

  • Dave Van Nieuwenhuyzen, AIA (Chair)
  • Keith Thompson, AIA
  • Todd Stone, AIA
  • Allison Dvorak, AIA
  • John Kolander, AIA

Emerging Professionals Committee

Help encourage and prepare associates, architecture students, and other young professionals in the architecture field in our state, including licensing exam group study and SDSU Department of Architecture involvement. To inquire or join, contact Tom Hurlbert, AIA.

  • Tom Hurlbert, AIA (Chair)
  • Charles MacBride, AIA
  • Dave Bertelson, AIA
  • Jacob Bunde, AIA
  • Catherine Dekkenga, AIA
  • Jeremy Altman, Assoc. AIA
  • Jared Carda, Assoc. AIA
  • Michelle Klobassa, AIA

State and Local Government Advocacy Committee/SGN Policy Affairs

Help track bills and ordinances in Washington, DC, Pierre and across the state that will impact architecture, and advocate for issues that matter. To inquire or join, contact John Riker, Assoc. AIA.

  • John Riker, Assoc AIA (Chair)
  • Gene Fennell, AIA
  • Angela Boersma, AIA
  • Patri Acevedo, AIA
  • John Kolander, AIA
  • Tom Hurlbert, AIA

Scholarship Committee

  • Michelle Klobassa, AIA (Chair)
  • Keith Thompson, AIA
  • Elizabeth Schulze, AIA
  • Charles McBride, AIA
  • Chase Kramer, AIA

Design Awards

  • Michelle Klobassa, AIA (Chair)
  • Patri Acevdo Riker
  • Andrew Eitreim, AIA
  • Leap Chear, AIA
  • Jason Kann, Assoc AIA
  • Charles McBride, AIA
  • Stacey McMahan, AIA

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