Angela Boersma grew up on a family farm near Pipestone, MN. There, she developed a sense of community, pride of place and appreciation for the singular opportunities and responsibilities available only in the rural midwest. Her studies took her to cities in different parts of the world. It was then that she discovered a passion for preserving and developing the rural communities she always called home.
Angie is accomplished in both architecture and interior design, and it is through those pursuits that she searches for solutions related to community development. She founded ID8 Architecture in Brookings, South Dakota, in 2018, and recently co-founded both Shelter Community Housing Corporation and Linchpin Corporation to support rural economic development.
She is heavily involved in her adopted hometown of Brookings, where she volunteers on boards and commissions that directly relate to the built environment - from the Comprehensive Master Plan Advisory Committee to the Affordable Housing Task Force.
Angie is also a talented musician, was a professional photographer for nearly 15 years, enjoys camping and backpacking, and has an insatiable love for audiobooks and podcasts. She has also trail-hiked a marathon (without training) to observe the beautiful architecture around Lake Geneva.
With a BS in interior design and Masters in Architecture, Angie continues to learn through professional certifications and educational opportunities. She has received many honors, including the the Mayor’s Generational Leadership Award and the Prairie Business Journal 40 under 40 honoree.
Education, Accreditations and Awards
- Masters in Architecture from the University of Minnesota, with an emphasis in historic preservation (2009)
- Bachelor of Science in interior design, with a minor in economics/business administration and an emphasis in hospitality management from South Dakota State University (2006)
- Briggs Scholar at SDSU
- American Institute of Architects (AIA)
- National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB)
- National Council for Interior Design Qualification (NCIDQ)
- Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Accredited Professionals (LEED AP)
- Graduate of Leadership South Dakota (2019)
- Mayor’s Generational Leadership Award recipient (2018)
- Prairie Business Journal 40 under 40 honoree (2016)
- Class of Leadership Brookings (2016)