Design in the Hills 2022

  • July 14, 2022
  • 7:30 AM (MDT)
  • July 15, 2022
  • 12:00 PM (MDT)
  • Rapid City, South Dakota
  • 5


  • AIA SD Member Registration for Design in the Hills 2022.
  • AIA SD non-member registration for Design in the Hills 2022.
  • Design in the Hills registration for event sponsors.


Design in the Hills 2022 is set for Thursday, July 14 through Friday, July 15 in Rapid City, South Dakota.

Each year, AIA South Dakota focuses on projects and places of interest in the Black Hills, rotating the event between various cities in the region.

This conference is unique in the design world. The event features sponsors and continuing education credits, though it's interactive and mobile with very few sessions offered in a traditional classroom setting. 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.

ATTENTION: Design in the Hills is an event in which most activities occur outdoors. Please be aware that the opening tour on Thursday, July 14 has strict dress requirements. The cement plant is an industrial manufacturing site. Long pants and full sleeves are required along with closed-toed, sturdy shoes (no sandals). Feel free to change your clothes following the tour. You can store your extra items in the bus' storage area.



7:30 a.m.

Bus pickup at The Monument, 444 N. Mount Rushmore Road, Rapid City

8 a.m.

Breakfast provided

Walk the Line with Cement Production - Plant tour of the Dacotah Cement plant by Chuck Cox, GCC, LEED AP BD+C, CGP, CSI, WC AP. 1.5 LU/HSW (PPE will be provided; attendees MUST wear full-length pants, sturdy shoes and long sleeves to be granted access)

10 a.m.

South Dakota Mines Pearson Alumni Center by Jenn Johnson, AIA 1 LU/HSW
11 a.m. Tour of renovation project of the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology Devereaux Library by Jared Carda, AIA 1 LU/HSW
Noon Lunch
1:15 p.m.

Creating Spaces for Innovation: Revisiting the David Lust Accelerator Building - Elevate Rapid City and Eirik Heikes, ASLA 1 LU/HSW

2:30 p.m. Tour of The Monument, Patri Acevedo Fuentes, AIA, and Michael Stanley, ASLA 1 LU/HSW
3:30 p.m.

The Remaking of Memorial Park: Legacy Commons Playground, Memorial Park Promenade, and 6th Street Corridor - Patrick Wyss, FASLA 1 LU/HSW

4:30 p.m. Happy Hour at Que Pasa Cantina rooftop, 502 Main St, Rapid City

FRIDAY JULY 15, 2022

Black Hills State University, University Center, 4300 Cheyenne Boulevard

7:30 a.m. Breakfast with sponsors
8 a.m.

He Sapa Otipi: Reclaiming Place for Indigenous Gathering and Healing by Bobbi Koch, Assoc. AIA, and Valeriah Big Eagle, Ed.D. 1 LU/HSW

9 a.m. Expo - Engage with sponsors
10 a.m. He Sapa Otipi: Reclaiming Place for Indigenous Gathering and Healing by Bobbi Koch, Assoc. AIA, and Valeriah Big Eagle, Ed.D. design charette 2 LU/HSW

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