Design in the Hills 2023

  • July 20, 2023
  • 7:30 AM - 6:00 PM (MDT)
  • Rapid City, South Dakota
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  • AIA SD Member Registration for Design in the Hills.
  • AIA SD non-member registration for Design in the Hills.
  • Sponsor ticket for Design in the Hills.

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Design in the Hills 2023 is set for Thursday, July 20, 2023.


Design in the Hills is shifting to a one-day event this year. It will be held in Rapid City on Thursday, July 20.

Tours include the Security First Bank, Hermosa School and Dinosaur Park reconstruction. The sponsor expo will be combined with happy hour at the new Ugly Graffiti storefront in downtown Rapid City. We look forward to seeing you this summer to tour a few Black Hills design projects, have plenty of engaging conversations and, of course, enjoy some food and libations.

Design in the Hills is an event in which most activities occur outdoors. Dressing for warm July temperatures and wearing comfortable shoes is highly encouraged.



7:15 a.m.

Bus arrival at Rapid City High School, 601 Columbus St, Rapid City

7:45 a.m.

Bus departure

8 a.m.

Security First Bank Tour — Led by Jerud Pummel, AIA, Uda Architecture + Design — 1 LU/HSW

9:30 a.m.

Hermosa School Tour — 1 LU/HSW

11 a.m. B&T Industries Tour— 1 LU/HSW
Noon Lunch at B&T Industries (Nell’s to deliver)
1 p.m. Oyate Health Center Tour — Led by Craig Grunenfelder, Director of Facilities Operations, Oyate Health Center— 1 LU/HSW
2:15 p.m. Dinosaur Park Accessibility Improvements — Led by Melissa Petersen, ASLA, Rapid City Parks & Recreation Department, and Matt Fridell, ASLA, Tallgrass Landscape Architecture  — 1 LU/HSW
3:30 p.m.

Downtown Rapid City Walking Tour — Led by Jared Carda, AIA, CO-OP Architecture; Brad Burns, AIA, Chamberlin Architects; Luke Jessen, Lloyd Companies — Featuring the Courthouse, Property MELD, Apartments, Fire Station and Block 5 — 1 LU/HSW

4:30 p.m. Happy Hour/Sponsor Expo – Ugly Graffiti

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

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