Design in the Hills

 Design in the Hills 2023 photo by Jeremy Altman, AIA

Join us for Design in the Hills 2024

Design in the Hills is unique in the design world; although there are sponsors and continuing education credits, very little of it is provided in a traditional classroom setting. The conference is interactive and mobile. 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 who all connect to celebrate and elevate the standard of design.

Each year, AIA South Dakota focuses on projects and places of interest in the Black Hills communities. Tours for 2024 include South Middle School, Monument Health, the Our Lady of Perpetual Help cathedral, the McGillycuddy House and Block 5, and we'll hold our sponsor expoduring happy hour at Ugly Graffiti in downtown Rapid City.

Design in the Hills attendance is limited and open only to design professionals. Individuals seeking to represent their firms in a business development capacity should reach out to to get on the sponsorship wait list.

Register for Design in the Hills 2024


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7:15 a.m.

REGISTRATION — Parking lot at Rapid City High School, 601 Columbus St., Rapid City, SD 57701

7:45 a.m.

BUS DEPARTURE — Park at Rapid City High School, 601 Columbus St., Rapid City, SD 57701

8 a.m.

SOUTH MIDDLE SCHOOL TOUR — 2 Indiana St., Rapid City, SD 57701 — 1 LU/HSW

9:15 a.m.

MONUMENT HEALTH TOUR — 353 Fairmont Blvd, Rapid City, SD 57701 1.5 LU/HSW

11 a.m. CATHEDRAL TOUR + PRESENTATION — Our Lady of Perpetual Help, 520 Cathedral Dr., Rapid City, SD 57701 (Lunch - Catered by Qdoba) 2 LU/HSW
1:30 p.m. McGILLYCUDDY HOUSE TOUR — 727 South St., Rapid City, SD 57701 1 LU/HSW
2:45 p.m.

BLOCK 5 TOUR — 525 St Joseph St., Rapid City, SD 57701 — 1 LU/HSW

NOTE: Personal protective equipment required to attend the Block 5 tour. “Required PPE includes closed toe shoes, with appropriate treads for a construction site, high vis vests, hardhats and eye protection within active working areas. The much-anticipated Block 5 project tour is an extremely brief walk from Rapid City High School where most Design in the Hills attendees will have parked their cars upon arrival. You WILL be able to access your own PPE prior to the tour if you bring it and leave it in your vehicle (there is also ample room if you want to load your PPE on the storage space on the underside of the bus, however if you accidentally leave it behind you may not be able to recover it later).

4 p.m. HAPPY HOUR/ SPONSOR EXPO — Ugly Graffiti Downtown 725 St Joseph St., Rapid City, SD 57701

Registrations are non-transferable. Refunds will be provided for requests made in writing to prior to Friday, June 28. No refunds will be granted after June 28.

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