designArc Group subscribes to the belief that quality work stems from collaboration and a continuous emphasis on open feedback. We strive to learn as much from each other as we do on our own. In doing so, an environment is fostered in which creative and motivated individuals can benefit from the expertise of their colleagues. It is this cumulative knowledge and energy with which we approach every project. It is our belief that the highly-motivated nature of our team is reflected in the architectural solutions we develop for our clients.

Founded in 2008, designArc Group is a close-knit, growing architectural office providing a wide range of design services for eastern South Dakota and the surrounding areas.  At designArc Group, we pride ourselves on the personal relationships we develop with each of our clients.  We seek to familiarize ourselves as best we can with the unique challenges that each new project presents.  Through working closely with our clients and maintaining an open dialogue of collaboration within our office, we are able to address these challenges with solutions that are sure to satisfy - or surpass - your expectations.  For most, employing the services of an architectural office is a once-in-a-lifetime event, and at designArc, we are acutely aware of this fact.  As such, we make every effort possible to maintain a sensible and fiscally-responsible attitude towards the design and construction of your project.


In the years since our office opened, we’ve been hard at work, diversifying our portfolio to accommodate the commercial, residential, institutional, and historical needs of the individuals and organizations within our community.  Whether your aspirations have matured into drawings in a notebook, or if you’re still in the “day-dreaming” stage, we encourage you to take advantage of our free consultation policy. Our team is eagerly waiting to apply the breadth of our knowledge and experience to your project!




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Les is the founder, business owner, and stamp-holder for designArc Group. Les’ broad background includes more than 24 years of design experience for many commercial, hospitality, health care, education, religious, and residential buildings. His experience extends throughout South Dakota, Minnesota, North Dakota, and Colorado.


Whenever he’s able, Les is out bow-hunting or fishing, but he usually is enjoying his time together with his wife Sara and their three children, Benjamin, Madelyn, and August.





Matthew graduated from North Dakota State University’s Master of Architecture program, class of 2014, and has been working at designArc Group ever since. Matthew is a licensed Architect in the state of South Dakota, and the designated Revit captain for the team. He has experience in the design and management of a broad range of project types, including multi-family, general commercial, and institutional facilities, as well as master site design and planning.

Matt enjoys spending his free-time with his wife, Jess, and energetic little son, Teddy. He also enjoys golfing with friends, jogging around town in the summer, and playing pool with the co-workers after hours.



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Tom graduated from South Dakota State University with a Masters of Architecture, and has been with designArc for 8 years. Tom’s knowledge of computers technology and has experience in design and management of a broad range of projects, including public project, multi-family, institutional facilities and master planning.


Tom is also an avid hunter when time allows, enjoys spending time with his wife and twin girls, and attending local sporting events on the weekends.




Nicholas graduated in 2019 from South Dakota State University with a Masters of Architecture. His devotion to preserving historic buildings has led him to take on an active role specializing in restoring existing buildings. Nicholas donates his time to this passion by working with the Sioux Falls Board of Historic Preservation. At designArc Group, Nicholas enjoys graphic representation, rendering, and construction detailing while integrating functional design.

Nicholas is a classic car enthusiast, hobbyist car mechanic, and enjoys the outdoors with his friends and family. 




Emily is a Brookings local who graduated from South Dakota State University with a Master of Architecture in 2019. She later joined designArc Group in the fall of 2020. Emily assists in design, graphic representation, computer modeling, and construction document drafting.

Outside of the office, Emily enjoys spending time with her family and friends. She also enjoys traveling, scrapbooking, movies, and house projects. 



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Joining designArc Group in 2020, Alicen’s expertise in architectural design spans decades since 1992. From initial project procurement, design documents, to project closeout, Alicen has facilitated a range of projects in SD, NM, and most recently Houston, TX. Since 2002, healthcare has been her primary design focus, but many other facility types have found their way across her desk. Alicen is proficient in the latest drafting software, 3D modeling, and enjoys helping each project be successful on all levels.


Alicen has three teenage kids (triplets) who keep her very busy with after-school activities. She is also a very active citizen of Bridgewater, SD, as the Planning and Zoning Commission President and as a City Council member of Ward 1.



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Hermela graduated from South Dakota State University with a Masters of Architecture, and recently joined designArc in 2021. Born in Ethiopia and having earned a Bachelor’s degree there, she has a diverse educational and professional background. Hermela assists with graphic representations and construction documents, and has a talent for site analysis studies.


In her free time, Hermela enjoys traveling to visit her family and friends. She also enjoys reading, music, painting and other indoor activities.



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Tori recently joined our team as a Student Intern in 2021, expected to graduate with Masters at SDSU in 2024. Tori assists with a wide range of tasks including construction documents, graphical representations, and proposal response documents. Her quick learning and willing attitude is very much appreciated at designArc Group.


Tori’s passions are painting, fishing, and going to the family cabin on weekends.