AIA SD 2021 Annual Convention

  • September 16, 2021
  • September 17, 2021
  • Ramkota Hotel and Convention Center, Sioux Falls, SD


AIA SD Convention Day 1: Thursday, Sept. 16, 2021

Best Western Ramkota Conference Center, 3200 W. Maple St., Sioux Falls, S.D.

7 a.m.

Contactless Check-in/registration desk opens

Best Western Ramkota Hotel lobby (attendees); Best Western Ramkota Exhibit Hall (exhibitors)
8 a.m.


Opening breakfast supporting sponsor: DeSCo

Tom Hurlbert, AIA, President of AIA South Dakota
Brian Johnson, AIA, AIA SD Board Member and Chair of AIA SD Scholarship Committee

Best Western Ramkota Washington-Lincoln

8:15 a.m.

Opening Keynote: Mutton Busting, sponsored by SDSU DoArch - 1 LU/HSW

Andrew Wells, FAIA, co-founder of Dake Wells Architecture, 2021 AIA SD Design Awards Juror
Best Western Ramkota Washington-Lincoln

andrew_wells.jpgThe work of Dake Wells Architecture is rooted in the pragmatic problem solving of the Ozarks, focusing on ingenuity over innovation. This presentation will provide background to the practice, its method of operation, its values, and its approach to design thinking as illustrated through recent projects.

Dake Wells Architecture is a design-centered practice of architecture, interiors, planning, and graphics, with an emphasis on progressive and sustainable design solutions. Founded in 2004 with Brandon Dake, FAIA, the practice has grown to include offices in Springfield and Kansas City, Missouri serving a variety of community minded public and private clients. Brandon and Andrew share a common vision to build a practice where a passion for design excellence forms the foundation of a collaborative design studio. Growing up in rural Missouri meant they could relate to the common public misconception that designed solutions are expensive or frivolous. Instead, they believe design is not only appropriate, but essential to our quality of life. It is rooted in thorough analysis, rigorous investigation, and meticulous execution that is achieved through diligence and commitment to the cause.

Andrew received a Bachelor of Architecture from Hammons School of Architecture at Drury University. His work for educational, commercial and cultural clients has been widely recognized for design excellence by the American Institute of Architects, The Chicago Athenaeum, The Chronicle for Higher Education, Interior Design Magazine, Contract Magazine and numerous other digital and print media outlets. In 2020, Dake Wells Architecture was recognized by the Architectural League of New York with its Emerging Voices award. In addition, he has served as an adjunct professor at the Hammons School of Architecture teaching upper-level design studios, and as visiting critic at University of Arkansas, University of Nebraska, Kansas University, and Keene State College, to name a few. In 2012, Andrew was elevated to the AIA College of Fellows for his contributions to the profession through design and education.

9:30 a.m.

The Future of Higher Education, sponsored by McGough Construction  - 1 LU/HSW

University Presidents Panel Part I

Best Western Ramkota Washington Room

Featuring Barry Dunn, Ph.D., President, South Dakota State University in Brookings; Sheila Gestring, MBA, President, University of South Dakota in Vermillion, José-Marie Griffiths, Ph.D., President, Dakota State University in Madison; and James Rankin, Ph.D., President, South Dakota School of Mines & Technology in Rapid City; Moderated by Tom Hurlbert, AIA, President of AIA South Dakota.

The 2021 American Institute of Architects South Dakota Convention explores one of our profession’s most valuable assets: a vision for the future. As architects, we solve problems through planning and design. We use our voice and our skills to design our schools and universities, and in turn, these institutions develop students who develop our cities, towns and, in fact, our lives. Architects need to better understand our university presidents’ goals and vision to design a better future. What is the university president’s role in master planning — Continuity or a new vision? Financial stability or investment risk-taking in future success? What are the skills and traits that make a great university president? What are the biggest design-related legal hurdles facing colleges?

10:45 a.m.

Visions Forward, sponsored by Architecture Incorporated - 1 LU/HSW

University Presidents Panel Part II

Best Western Ramkota Washington Room

Featuring Barry Dunn, Ph.D., President, South Dakota State University in Brookings; Sheila Gestring, MBA, President, University of South Dakota in Vermillion, José-Marie Griffiths, Ph.D., President, Dakota State University in Madison; and James Rankin, Ph.D., President, South Dakota School of Mines & Technology in Rapid City; moderated by David Chicoine, Ph.D., former president, South Dakota State University.

Who better to moderate a panel of university Presidents than a leader who has successfully navigated the role. Former SDSU President David Chicoine will dive deeper into these core issues, skillfully moderating a panel to explore all aspects of the built environment on university campuses, including master planning, vision and other long-range priorities imacting universities in South Dakota and elsewhere.


Luncheon Keynote: Snøhetta and Nature, sponsored by West Plains Engineering - 1 LU/HSW

Matt McMahon, Director, Snøhetta
Best Western Ramkota Exhibit Hall Annex

Matt McMahon, Director and Landscape Architect at Snøhetta, will examine how the firm engages ideas of nature. Drawing from history, built projects, and in-progress Snøhetta works, the presentation offers a critical view of the firm’s position within the American landscape, telling a multi-viewpoint story about nature and design. Wide-ranging material will touch upon topics including wealth and leisure, ecological science, working economies, cultural history, and gardens to organize a picture of the fraught natural context practices must navigate today.

McMahon has focused his career exploring the intersection of landscape, architecture, and ecology. He holds degrees in biology and landscape architecture from Penn State University, and a Masters of Architecture from Princeton. With this multidisciplinary background he brings an interdisciplinary approach to his work at Snøhetta. In addition to his recent work on the Blanton Museum of Art in Austin, Matt currently leads the design of the Theodore Roosevelt Presidential Library in Medora, North Dakota. Prior to his work at Snøhetta, Matt worked for Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates, Hargeaves Associates, Grimshaw Architects, and Stan Allen Architect.

1:30 p.m.

AIA SD Exhibit Hall

Platinum sponsors: PAC-CLAD • Kline-Johnson & Associates • Fargo Glass & Paint • IMEG Corp.

Golden ticket sponsor: EAPC Architects Engineers

Best Western Ramkota Exhibit Hall


4 p.m.

Exhibitor party, sponsored by Associated Consulting Engineering, Inc.

Supporting sponsor: Perspective

Our exhibitor party and prelude to the AIA SD Design Awards celebration
Best Western Ramkota Exhibit Hall

6 p.m.

AIA SD Design Awards ceremony and dinner - 1 LU

SD Poet Laureate Sponsor: CO-OP Architecture

Featuring South Dakota Poet Laureate Christine Stewart-Nuñez and Andrew Wells, FAIA, co-founder of Dake Wells Architecture
Best Western Washington

8 p.m.

Post Design Awards meetup, sponsored by Pella

PAve, 130 S. Phillips Ave.
AIA SD's members have often met informally after the design awards to socialiaze. AIA SD President Tom Hurlbert has suggested that attendees meet at PAve, and Pella has generously offered to sponsor the event.

AIA SD Convention Day 2: Friday, Sept. 17, 2021

Morning sessions and lunch at Best Western Ramkota Conference Center, 3200 W. Maple St., Sioux Falls, S.D.

8 a.m.

AIA SD Annual Membership Meeting

Best Western Ramkota Amphitheater 1

9 a.m.

The Theodore Roosevelt Presidential Library: Context and Impact, sponsored by JLG Architects - 1LU/HSW

Best Western Ramkota Washington Room


Featuring Matt McMahon, Director at Snøhetta; Josh Kehrwald, AIA, Project Manager, JLG Architects; Patrick Thibaudeau, LEED FELLOW, ILFI, CCS, Principal Sustainability Partner, JLG Architects; and Kim Chapman, Regional Director/Senior Ecologist, RES.


The 26th President of the United States, Theodore Roosevelt, said, “I would not have been President had it not been for my experience in North Dakota." Today, the Theodore Roosevelt Presidential Library Foundation is leveraging his impactful experience in the badlands of North Dakota, to build a T.R. experience for the world. The Foundation is rooted in the values of daring greatly, thinking boldly, living passionately and caring deeply. It’s thru this lens that the design team is bringing local and national architects, landscape architects, engineers and sustainability expertise into a meaningful convergence that goes beyond the building. The Theodore Roosevelt Presidential Library — in the badlands of Medora, North Dakota — is one uniquely and deeply rooted in context and care of community, through a constellation of destinations, within the over-arching vision of great impact and action. During this seminar, a panel of key leaders involved in the project will briefly introduce themselves and open the discussion up for Q&A.

10 a.m.

Professional Guidance to Academia Panel - 1 LU/HSW

Goal Setting Suggestions for SDSU DoArch's Next Decade
Best Western Ramkota Washington Room


Featuring David Chicoine, Ph.D., former president, South Dakota State University; Pat Crawford, Director, School of Design, South Dakota State University; Federico Garcia Lammers, Associate Professor/Graduate Program Coordinator, South Dakota State University; Autumn Kayl, Assoc. AIA, Architectural Graduate, TSP, Inc.; Spencer Sommers, Design Architect, CO-OP Architecture; moderated by Sean Ervin, AIA, Principal/Senior Architect, TSP, Inc.

The presentation will discuss the educational history of a young Architecture program in South Dakota, what educators and architecture industry representatives have been doing, and how the architect profession as a whole may impact the molding of the next generation of professionals. The panelists will focus on how the architecture profession can both guide and participate as a group to make positive change related to industry and related research, social issues in South Dakota and beyond along with design approaches that address them, and other issues impacting community health & welfare. The ultimate goal for this process is to build a bridge to our next generation of architects and demonstrate the value of our profession to society.

11 a.m.

AIA SD Enrichment Scholar

Nathaniel Krueger, South Dakota State University
Best Western Ramkota Washington Room

Sponsor of pre-split match for AIA SD 50/50 Scholarship Raffle: VanDeWalle Architects
Student Learning Experience sponsor: Koch Hazard Architects

Nathaniel Krueger is currently a graduate student at South Dakota State University DoArch, and grew up in Manson, Iowa. In 2020, he graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Architecture with a Minor in Studio Arts. He was a teaching assistant for both an introductory drawing lecture and a first-year architectural design studio and was a member of AIAS and Tau Sigma Delta. He has gained internship experience at Allers Associates Architects of Fort Dodge, Iowa, and Koch Hazard Architects of Sioux Falls. Through his studies he has traveled to Minneapolis, Chicago, and New York where he developed his interests of parks in relationship to cities prompting the application proposal.

11:15 a.m.



Great Shots tour - 1 LU/HSW

2505 W Benson Rd, Sioux Falls

Sanford Health and Sanford Frontiers has invested in the health and wellness community in Sioux Falls and surrounding area for decades. The Sanford Great Shots project is another recent example of their commitment to health and wellness for all ages in the community. Great Shots is a golf entertainment facility combining the love of the game of golf with entertainment, food, and beverage that is a regional attraction for enthusiasts and novices. The facility includes specialty training areas called the Sanford POWER Golf Academy for instruction and athletic training. The Sanford POWER Golf Academy includes a putting green, private bays for the range and research space for the Sanford Sports Science Institute to study injury prevention and performance in golf. There is an interactive driving range, meeting rooms, a restaurant, and a VIP Lounge. Great Shots includes unique features designed to keep with the authenticity of the sport and serve athletes who want to improve their game. Recent additions include weekly yoga classes and the facility will be used as a concert venue during the Sanford Invitational golf event. The range has three floors of bay holding up to 60 golfers at a time.

1:15 p.m.

Jefferson High School tour, sponsored by Journey Group - 1 LU/HSW

1600 N. Marion Road, Sioux Falls

As communities thrive and grow, they need to keep pace with their infrastructure, amenities, and school facilities. The Sioux Falls School District has grown in population at a steady pace for quite some time and the need to expand their facilities to accommodate the population growth was evident. Jefferson High School was the district’s answer to the expanding northwest area of the City. A successful bond issue was passed to address district-wide facility upgrades and enrollment growth. During the tour the course presenters will discuss how the design of the Jefferson High School with its three different levels and many different programmatic spaces work together to create a 21st century high school experience. The presenters will discuss how the core classroom spaces are organized in five multi-disciplinary learning suites each consisting of two learning communities serving 180 students each. This arrangement aides in creating a secure campus and works to provide a more comfortable student experience. The tours will also be accompanied by students enrolled in Jefferson to give the tour groups an inside look at their experience thus far in 2021.

2:45 p.m.

Downtown Walking Tour - 1 LU/HSW

Various locations, downtown Sioux Falls

phillips_ave_800.jpgLocated in the heart of historic downtown Sioux Falls along the Big Sioux River, is Phillips Avenue, a thriving and vital downtown district that supports businesses, residents and visitors. This downtown walking tour highlights some of the oldest buildings in the city of Sioux Falls, that were built in the late 1880’s and will spotlight several historic commercial buildings with under construction or recently completed. The architects and tour professionals will explain each project’s technical, life safety and historic details.

Glacial Lakes Distillery, 200 S Main Ave, Sioux Falls

VanDeWalle Architects, 210 S. Phillips Ave., Sioux Falls

First National Bank, 100 S. Phillips Ave., Sioux Falls

Jones Building, 421 N. Phillips Ave., Sioux Falls

Downtown Walking Tour Water Stop, "The Drop," sponsored by Articulate (122 S. Phillips Ave, Suite 201).

4 p.m.

Railyard Flats tour - 1 LU/HSW

Sponsored by Andersen Windows, ARS and Interstate Office Products

440 E. 8th St., Sioux Falls


This tour of the Railyard Flats, opened in July, 2021, will showcase a $14 million building with state-of-the-art mass timber technology rarely used in the multi-family in the United States – and is the first DLT mass timber project in South Dakota’s history. The building includes 41 high-end apartments, covered parking, and more than 10,000 SF of commercial office space on the re-developing East Bank of downtown Sioux Falls. Railyard Flats is the first project to be approved and built on the abandoned railyard switching lines in downtown Sioux Falls. The tour will feature innovative building systems and technology. Sustainability elements in mass timber construction provide a new, reduced-carbon option for large buildings in South Dakota.

5 p.m.

Afterparty at Highball at Railyard Flats (cash bar)

440 E. 8th St., Sioux Falls


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