Scholarship Program for Architecture Students

The American Institute of Architecture of South Dakota has established the Merit Award Scholarship Program and the Enrichment Award Scholarship Program for present and future South Dakota students. The Merit Award is open to students enrolled in the South Dakota State University Department of Architecture and is based on portfolio review. The Enrichment Award is open to any South Dakota high-school graduate enrolled in an architecture degree program in their third year or higher or all third year or higher students enrolled at SDSU Department of Architecture. The Enrichment Award is based on student crafted proposals.

View Information and Deadlines for the 2017-2018 Merit Award Scholarship Program.

View Information and Deadlines for the 2017-2018 Enrichment Award Scholarship Program.


2016 - 2017 AIA SD Enrichment Scholar - Emily Ingemansen

Emily Ingemansen was awarded the AIA South Dakota Enrichment scholarship. A native of Brookings, Ingemansen is a 2011 graduate of Brookings High School.  She attended South Dakota State University in 2011-2012 majoring in general studies and decided to take some time off. She started again in 2014 with a major in Architecture and minor in Studio Arts with a Certificate in Ceramics. Ingemansen first learned of Frank Gehry in her second year summer studio at SDSU DoArch..  Last fall, she attended the AIA South Dakota Annual Convention and learned of the Enrichment Award. Her winning proposal was her idea to visit a list of Gehry buildings in the Los Angeles area as well as Las Vegas and document them using 

View Emily's application.


2016 - 2017 AIA SD Merit Scholar - Spencer Sommers

Spencer Sommers was awarded the 2016 AIA South Dakota Merit scholarship. Sommers is a 2010 graduate of Roncalli High School and a graduate student at SDSU DoArch. In 2015 he earned his Bachelor’s of Science in Architectural Studies with a Minor in Construction from SDSU DoArch. He gained his intern experience at CO-OP Architecture in Aberdeen. Spencer has studied abroad in London, Paris, Berlin and has also taken part in travel studies in Chicago, Dallas, and Los Angeles.




2015 - 2016 AIA SD Scholar - Emily Heezen

photo_EmilyHeezen.jpgAIA South Dakota selected Emily Heezen for the $2,500 Enrichment Scholarship Award. A native of Pierre, SD, Emily is a third year student at SDSU Dept. of Architecture.

Her proposal for the AIA South Dakota Enrichment Award is to travel to, research, and document Mies van der Rohe buildings in the United States via motion time-lapse photography. 

View Emily's application.








2015-2016 AIA SD Scholar - Levi Wager

Photo_of_Levi_Wager.jpgAIA selected Levi Wager for the $1,000 Merit Scholarship Award.  Levi is a third year student at SDSU Dept. of Architecture. 









2014 - 2015 AIA SD Scholar -  Brent Sturlaugson, Assoc. AIA

20140320_Brent_Sturlaugson_S.jpgAIA South Dakota selected Brent Sturlaugson for the $2,000 Enrichment Scholarship Award. A native of Rapid City, SD, Brent is in graduate school at Yale University. He is examining the complex environment in which housing and infrastructure manifest themselves in the daily lives of Lakota residents of Pine Ridge.

 View Brent's Application

 View Brent's Final Project
FROM ITINERANT TO PERMANENT - An Archival Review of Housing Types On Pine Ridge Reservation 


2014 - 2015 AIA SD Scholar - Shawn Barron

Shawn_Barron.jpgAIA selected Shawn Barron for the $500 Merit Scholarship Award.  Shawn is a third year student at SDSU Dept of Architecture.  He is a graduate of Washington High School in Sioux Falls, SD.








2013-2014 AIA SD Scholar Bobbie Sedlmajer

bobbie_sedlmajer.jpgAIA South Dakota selected Bobbie Sedlmajer of Ellsworth Air Force Base, SD for the $2000 Enrichment Award Scholarship and the $500 Merit Award Scholarship. Bobbie is a 3rd year architecture student and enrolled member of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe. With this award, she hopes to explore architectural design and further develop her architectural education through the design and fabrication of a small-scale temporary architectural installation.  This installation will appear during the annual Antelope Community Pow Wow on July 12 - 14, 2013 in Antelope, SD.  View Bobbie's Final Project. 


2012-2013 AIA SD Scholar Nathan Scott

nathan_scott.jpgAIA South Dakota selected 4th year architecture student Nathan Scott of Brandon, SD for a $2,000 scholarship award during the 2012-2013 academic year. Nathan is enrolled at Iowa State University. 

View Nathan's student exhibit