American Indian Institute for Innovation

The American Indian Institute for Innovation (AIII) is an ambitious new school concept being developed to provide high quality STEM-based (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) secondary education within the Native American population of central United States.

TKWA has been hired to develop a complete residential campus master plan on a 1000-acre site overlooking the sacred Bear Butte in South Dakota. The master plan includes roads, utilities, and other infrastructure needs. TKWA has developed all programming for new campus buildings, including STEM classrooms and labs, cultural center, student dormitories, guest lodge, faculty offices, food service & dining, field house & swimming pool, auditorium, and music performance space.

As a STEM school the integration of sustainable concepts into the design also represents an outstanding educational opportunity. The performance of energy and water efficient building systems and technologies will be incorporated into the student curriculum, providing real-world application of scientific and engineering principles. Buildings will be equipped with monitoring systems that allow students to observe in real time the impact of seasonal climate conditions and the impact of daily living habits on energy and water use.


Black Hills, SD


1,000 acres


Master plan for a STEM-based residential campus


In progress