ID8 Architecture opens new office in downtown Brookings

BROOKINGS – Interior designer, architect and owner of ID8 Architecture Angela Boersma has a unique philosophy when it comes to design – and it’s the same philosophy she uses in her position on the Brookings County Commission. 

ID8 is an interior design and architecture firm that has been open for just over a year. Its staff specialize in custom interior designs, renovations, restorations and new builds.

“We literally built this place; we were here before there were even any walls,” said Boersma. 

Boersma said at her recent ribbon-cutting event that she and her growing staff designed each aspect of the office space at 414 Main Ave., Suite 3, and built much of it themselves.

From an early age, Boersma was inspired by the beauty of the prairie at her family’s farm near Pipestone and wanted to encapsulate that beauty in design. She always had big dreams that she felt she was never able to properly achieve; but now with ID8, the possibilities are “only as limited as my imagination could be,” Boersma said.

Another reason Boersma created ID8 Architecture was to create personal and business opportunities for her employees. 

“(I wanted) to create opportunity so that people don’t feel like they have to leave the profession completely just so they can raise their family,” she added.

ID8 – from the word “ideation” – works on a personal level with each client, Boersma said. The team does not just focus on either aesthetic or architectural space but rather a culmination of the two.

“We frequently don’t sell things, but in many cases what we sell are ideas,” hence the name ID8, Boersma said. “We define and redefine an idea and then create the instruction manual on how to get there.”

When getting her undergraduate degree in interior design at South Dakota State University, Boersma recognized interior design and architecture have to work simultaneously to create cohesion and functionality within a space.

She sees the rest of the world in the same manner. Taking aspects of one line of thought and combining it with another can create something that much better, Boersma said.

After Boersma received her undergraduate degree, she pursued her master’s degree in architecture at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities. 

Boersma then taught at South Dakota State University and worked for Mills Construction, accumulating more than 10 years of experience before opening ID8.

Joining the Brookings County Commission earlier this year, Boersma has found that her philosophy for thinking both as an interior designer and an architect is similar to government work. To find solutions, Boersma is continuously pulling ideas and options from different committees.

Boersma was inspired to pursue public service by her father, who had been a township supervisor in the Pipestone area for many years.

Boersma is not the only one at ID8 who uses different disciplines in design. 

Much of Boersma’s staff have backgrounds in areas that don’t necessarily have anything to do with interior design and architecture. 

Design assistant Rachelle Doudna has degrees in both interior design and sociology. She’s found her sociology degree to be just as useful because there are “social impacts and ramifications” that lead to a better space for the client.

Design assistant Aspen Thorstenson has a background in the scientific aspects of architecture and materials. With her scientific knowledge, she can determine the best sort of materials used in the space that best fit clients’ needs.

Boersma wants ID8 to be a reflection of Brookings. It only made sense for her to stay in the community after building personal and business relationships here over the years. Plus, Boersma enjoys “making the town that I love that much more lovely.”

“Brookings is one of those rare gems that is simultaneously very rural and has the urban qualities that I love,” Boersma said. “ID8 is really a wholesome view of design and construction that uses them together.”

For more information about ID8, visit its website at or call at 695-9635.

COURTESY OF: The Brookings Register

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