AIA SD Design Awards


AIA South Dakota invites your participation in the 2022 AIA South Dakota Design Awards program, which will be open to all AIA South Dakota architect members. Awards may be submitted as an individual AIA SD member or as a firm located in South Dakota having a majority of its principals as AIA SD members. 

There are three award categories for 2022 — Architecture - Large Project, Architecture - Small Project and a Rolling Category — Master Planning & Community Design.

Each category is eligible for Merit and Honor awards. Honor Awards will be granted for overall design excellence and Merit Awards will be given where a particular aspect of the project design is deserving of recognition. The projects are not to be judged in competition with each other, but as a measurement of the project’s performance considering its own scope and potential. Projects of ordinary program or modest budget can merit an award based on the architects' skill in optimizing the design opportunity.

Download the full 2022 submittal instructions from here. The submission site will open by July 8, 2022.

AIA SD is also accepting submissions for our nominated awards, which include the Legacy Award and the Young Architect Award. Visit our Nominate a Peer page.

The submission deadline for both the AIA SD Design Awards and Nominated Awards is 5 p.m. CDT on Aug. 5, 2022.


PREVIOUS YEARS' WINNERS

2021

2021 HONOR AWARD goes to:
  • RAd Architect (Robert Arlt) of Sioux Falls won an Honor Award in Architecture for Urban Nest, a net-zero-energy ready Urban Refill family home built just south of downtown Sioux Falls.
2021 MERIT AWARDS go to:
  • CO-OP Architecture, of Sioux Falls, Aberdeen and Rapid City, won a Merit Award in Architecture for the NSU Regional Sports Complex in Aberdeen, a premier sporting complex helping the university continue its success in athletics and academics.
  • RAd Architect captured a Merit Award in Architecture for Sauna Cube, an 8-by-8-by-8-foot volume articulated in five frames with a slice to create a skylight face, allowing early morning sun into the wood interior as well as views out into the tree canopy.
2021 PEOPLE'S CHOICE AWARD goes to:
  • Koch Hazard Architects of Sioux Falls won the 2021 People’s Choice Award for the South Dakota Veterans Cemetery, the first federally funded, state-owned and operated, cemetery for veterans built on a 60-acre property in northeastern Sioux Falls.
2021 PRESIDENT'S AWARDS go to:
  • Friends of the Goss Opera House, a nonprofit organization that helped restore and helps maintain the historic Goss Opera House, a circa-1889 venue in Watertown, South Dakota, received a 2021 President's Award.
2021 CHAMPION OF ARCHITECTURE goes to
  • Former South Dakota State University President David Chicoine, Ph.D., Chicoine, who served as SDSU’s president from 2007-2106, was recognized as the 2021 Champion of Architecture for his key role in establishing the SDSU Department of Architecture (DoArch), South Dakota’s first accredited architecture program.
2021 YOUNG ARCHITECT AWARDS go to:
  • Chase Kramer, a project architect at TSP, Inc. Kramer has been honored by Augustana University as a "40 Under 40" alumnus and he was named a "40 Under 40" professional to watch by Prairie Business magazine. Kramer is the current guest member on the TSP Board of Directors and was a longtime member of the firm's Innovation Team.
  • Robert Arlt, of RAd Architect. A graduate of Leadership Sioux Falls, Arlt is a practicing architect and a former lecturer at the South Dakota State University Department of Architecture (DoArch), where he taught from 2014 to 2021. Projects designed and built through Arlt’s instruction and professional office, RAd Architect, have received regional and national recognition through publication in architectural journals, online design magazines. recognized in 2015 when the rest stops were named to the National Register of Historic Places.
The juror for the 2021 AIA SD Design Awards was Andrew Wells, FAIA, co-founder of Dake Wells Architecture. Wells served as the lead juror, assembling a team of four architects from across the region to judge 18 South Dakota entries.

2020

2020 MERIT AWARDS go to:

    • CO-OP Architecture, of Sioux Falls, Aberdeen and Rapid City, in the category of Architecture for its design of the Britton Event Center in Britton, South Dakota, a community facility used for events, concerts, activities and more. 
    • Koch Hazard Architects, of Sioux Falls, in the category of Preservation & Adaptive Reuse for McVicker Plaza in Vermillion, South Dakota, which was renovated and restored in partnership with the Vermillion Area Chamber & Development Company. The building is home to the Chamber and provides retail space and additional collaborative space for the community.
    • CO-OP Architecture, of Sioux Falls, Aberdeen and Rapid City, in the category of Preservation & Adaptive Reuse for its design of Look’s Marketplace in collaboration with BCV Architecture + Interiors. Look’s Marketplace is a retail restaurant and butcher shop featuring a bakery, a coffeeshop, a cheese counter, a brewery and a full-service restaurant.

2020 PEOPLE'S CHOICE AWARD goes to:

    • TSP Inc., of Sioux Falls, Rapid City and Watertown, with SmithGroup, for its design of the Jewett Regional Science Education Center, located along Northern State University’s primary entry in Aberdeen, South Dakota. The center creates a new portal onto the campus for students, faculty and the Aberdeen community.

2020 PRESIDENT'S AWARDS go to:

    • AIA SD Past President Patri Acevedo, AIA, JLG Architects
    • Brian Rex, Assoc. AIA, chair of the South Dakota State University Department of Architecture (DoArch), Brookings
    • AIA SD Executive Director Angela Lammers, Cetera Services LLC, Sioux Falls

2020 CHAMPION OF ARCHITECTURE goes to:

    • Ray Hillenbrand, Rapid City businessman and philanthropist, who played a significant role in the revitalization of the city’s downtown. Hillenbrand created downtown’s Prairie Edge & Sioux Trading Post in an effort to educate the public about and preserve Native American culture and provide a place for Native American artists to display and sell their artwork.

2020 LEGACY AWARD goes to:

    • Ward Whitwam, FAIA, a longtime Sioux Falls architect who designed schools, churches, elderly care facilities, medical facilities, corporate offices, private residences and the state’s iconic concrete tipis along Interstate 90, which were recognized in 2015 when the rest stops were named to the National Register of Historic Places.

The juror for the 2020 AIA SD Design Awards was Matt Kreilich, FAIA, of Snow Kreilich, an AIA Firm of the Year honoree.


2019 

2019 HONOR AWARD goes to:

    • South Dakota State University DoArch in the category of Architecture for its design of Passive House in Brookings, a net-zero-energy single-family house built to demonstrate sustainable development to the region’s residents, contractors and building officials

2019 MERIT AWARDS go to:

    • TSP Inc. of Sioux Falls, Rapid City and Watertown, in the category of Architecture for its interior renovation of Hamre Recital Hall at Augustana University in Sioux Falls.
    • JLG Architects, of Sioux Falls and Rapid City, in the category of Architecture for Farmhouse Bistro in Spearfish, a modern reflection of rural Americana located on a rolling farmstead along Spearfish Creek
    • CO-OP Architecture, of Sioux Falls, Aberdeen and Rapid City, in the category of Architecture for its design of the Northern State University athletic fields in Aberdeen

2019 PEOPLE'S CHOICE AWARD goes to:

    • JLG Architects, of Sioux Falls and Rapid City, in the category of Architecture for Farmhouse Bistro

2019 PRESIDENT'S AWARDS go to:

    • Allison Dvorak, AIA, of Avera McKennan, for her tireless drive and passion to AIA South Dakota as chair of the communication committee
    • Dakota Resources and its president, Joe Bartmann, for their work in rural areas of the state
    • SDSU DoArch’s Passive House, for putting theory into practice and demonstrating sustainability

2019 CHAMPION OF ARCHITECTURE goes to:

    • South Dakota sculptor Dale Lamphere and structural engineering firm Albertson Engineering Inc. 

2019 YOUNG ARCHITECT goes to:

    • Sara Lum, AIA, a planner with the South Eastern Council of Governments (SECOG)

2019 LEGACY AWARD goes to:

    • Jeff Hazard, AIA, the longtime CEO and principal of Koch Hazard Architects

2018

2018 HONOR AWARDS go to:

    • TSP Inc. of Sioux Falls, Rapid City and Watertown, with SmithGroup in the category of Architecture for its design of the DSU Beacom Institute of Technology in Madison
    • Koch Hazard Architects of Sioux Falls in the category of Architecture for its design of the renovation of the South Dakota State Capitol Law Library in Pierre
    • South Dakota State University DoArch in the category of Detailing and Craftsmanship for its design of the Lamella Arch in Brookings

2018 MERIT AWARDS go to:

    • TSP Inc. of Sioux Falls, Rapid City and Watertown, with SmithGroup in the category of Architecture for its design of the new Augustana University Froiland Science Complex in Sioux Falls
    • Koch Hazard Architects of Sioux Falls in the category of Architecture for its design of Jones 421 residential/commercial center in downtown Sioux Falls
    • Ciavarella Design Architects of Mitchell in the category of Architecture for its renovation design of Hyde Stadium in Pierre

2018 PEOPLE'S CHOICE AWARD goes to:

    • TSP Inc. of Sioux Falls, Rapid City and Watertown, with SmithGroup in the category of Architecture for its design of the DSU Beacom Institute of Technology in Madison

2018 PRESIDENT'S AWARDS go to:

    • Sandy Dickenson, AIA, of Fine Line Architecture in Vermillion, for serving a term on the AIA national Strategic Council
    • John Riker, Assoc. AIA, of JLG Architects in Rapid City, for leadership with AIA SD advocacy efforts
    • Gene Fennell, AIA, of Fennell Design, for service and leadership to the organization as immediate Past President

2018 CHAMPION OF ARCHITECTURE, INDIVIDUAL goes to:

    • Steve Metli, longtime Sioux Falls city planning director and downtown visionary 

2018 CHAMPION OF ARCHITECTURE, GROUP/ORGANIZATION goes to:

    • Gage Brothers, a Sioux Falls-based manufacturer of innovative architectural and structural concrete products

2018 YOUNG ARCHITECT goes to:

    • Allison Dvorak, AIA, CPHC, an architect with TSP Inc.

2018 LEGACY AWARD goes to:

    • Paul Boerboom, AIA, retired principal, senior architect and design discipline co-leader at TSP Inc.



2017 

2017 HONOR AWARDS go to:

    • CO-OP Architecture in the category of Architecture for K.O. Lee Public Library in Aberdeen
    • Koch Hazard Architects in the category of Unbuilt for ARCH House for Affordable Housing Solutions

2017 MERIT AWARDS go to:

    • Koch Hazard Architects in the category of Architecture for Stockwell Engineers in Sioux Falls
    • Ciavarella Design Architects in the category of Architecture for El Columpio restaurant in Mitchell
    • CO-OP Architecture in the category of Historic Preservation and Adaptive Reuse for Minneapolis & St Louis Railroad Depot building in Aberdeen

2017 PEOPLE'S CHOICE AWARD goes to:

    • CO-OP Architecture for K.O. Lee Public Library in Aberdeen

2017 PRESIDENT'S AWARDS go to:

    • Michelle Klobassa, of TSP Inc. in Sioux Falls, for Exceptional Leadership and Service to AIA South Dakota for developing the AIA South Dakota Design Awards into a celebration event.
    • Dave Van Nieuwenhuyzen, of JLG Architects in Sioux Falls, for Exceptional Leadership, Service and Mentorship to AIA South Dakota for his service as board president (2014-2015) and past president (2016) and for the co-development of a professional-to-student mentorship program.
    • AIA South Dakota Executive Director Angela Lammers, of Cetera Services LLC in Sioux Falls, for Exceptional Service and Guidance to AIA South Dakota leadership and for strengthening AIA South Dakota to better serve members.

2017 CHAMPION OF ARCHITECTURE goes to

    • Jerry Lohr, president of J. Lohr Vineyards & Wines, for his support of South Dakota's first accredited architecture program

2017 YOUNG ARCHITECT goes to:

    • Andrew Eitreim, AIA, CDT, LEEP AP BD+C, vice president and principal architect of Architecture Incorporated

2017 LEGACY AWARD goes to:

    • Alan Richard “Dick” Dempster, AIA, LEED AP, founding principal architect and partner of Architecture Incorporated



2016

2016 MERIT AWARDS go to:

    • Koch Hazard Architects in the category of Architecture for Prairie Berry East Bank, Sioux Falls, South Dakota
    • Department of Architecture, South Dakota State University in the category of Master Planning & Community Design for Wrigley Square, Mobridge, South Dakota

2016 PEOPLE'S CHOICE AWARD goes to:

    • TSP, Inc. for Tall Grass Liquor, Marshall, MN

2016 PRESIDENT'S AWARD goes to:

    • Kris Bjerke, AIA for her leadership assembling a team, creating a framework and developing Design in the Hills 2011-2016

2015

2015 HONOR AWARD goes to:

    • Koch Hazard Architects for Gil Haugan Construction, Sioux Falls, SD

2015 MERIT AWARDS go to:

    • Koch Hazard Architects for the Howard Wood Press Box, Sioux Falls, SD
    • Koch Hazard Architects for The Bakery, Sioux Falls, SD

2015 PEOPLE'S CHOICE AWARD goes to:

    • AcV2 for The Garage, Rapid City, SD

2015 PRESIDENT'S AWARDS go to:

    • Larry Crane, AIA for his long term tenure 2001-2015, commitment and dedication as a member of the Board of Directors of AIA South Dakota.
    • Susie Wiswall, Executive Director for her dedication and leadership from 2013 - 2015.


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