AIA South Dakota is a professional membership organization of architects, design professionals who anticipate becoming licensed in the future, and partners with expertise in the built environment who seek opportunities to learn, share and advance the important idea that design matters in every South Dakota community. AIA South Dakota is a 501(c)6 non-profit organization, a component of the American Institute of Architects (AIA), and one of 217 Accredited AIA components across the globe.
AIA SD Signature Events:
Design in the Hills is an interdisciplinary gathering of design professionals who work with individual communities to celebrate and elevate the standard of design in the Black Hills. Each year we focus on projects and places of interest in communities of the Black Hills by rotating the event between the various cities in the Black Hills 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 typically followed by a half-day primarily filled by a multi-disciplinary design charrette that tackles an interesting project from that years’ community of focus. Hands-on workshops were a recent alternative.
AIA South Dakota Annual Convention and Expo is the largest architecture and design event in the state. The convention is valued its commitment to hosting world-class speakers, relevant panels and presentations and facilitating strong connections between architects and suppliers to the built environment. In addition to architects, attendees often include engineers, landscape architects, interior designers and others who contribute to the built environment. Tours are often present as part of the event as are more traditional presentations and panels. Creative submissions welcome.
Please feel free to submit a proposal for consideration especially for Design in the Hills or the AIA SD Annual Convention. If your proposal is for either event, please specify that information.
Submissions related to walking tours, building tours, presentations, hands-on workshops, trainings, charette subjects, etc. are all welcome. Share your innovative project or product, detail a unique experience or host a collaborative session. Presenters will typically be allotted 60 minutes per session, inclusive of Q&A. If you need an extended session, please communicate your preferred timeframe and communicate a rationale explaining why you need the additional time and how conference attendees will benefit.
Throughout the evaluation process, AIA SD Committees will use the following criteria in their review:
AIA SD Response:
AIA SD committee members will begin contacting individual submitters to communicate one of three actions:
General Submission Guidelines:
Submissions must be submitted as a pdf document and delivered via email to angela (at) aiasouthdakota.org.