North Dakota Heritage Center

Elevating A Cultural Destination

The North Dakota Heritage Center expansion creates a national architectural destination that elevates the State Historical Society of North Dakota’s visibility. The addition nearly doubles the Heritage Center with expanded exhibit/collection space, state-of-the-art research technology, improved public amenities, and additional office and support space.

The limestone exterior matches existing campus buildings while the glass-and-steel Northern Lights entrance atrium emphasizes transparency. The entry plaza features petrified logs and glacial erratics. The atrium serves as the physical and spiritual heart of the Heritage Center. Interior programming includes four primary galleries that highlight the state’s history and pre-history thematically and three additional exhibit halls.


Bismarck, North Dakota

Building Type

Museums & Cultural Centers


97,000 SF

  • 2016 IES/IIDA Regional Guth Award for Interior Lighting Design
  • 2016 IES/IIDA Section Guth Award for Interior Lighting Design
  • 2015 AIA North Dakota Honor Award
  • 2015 AISC/IDEAS2 (Innovative Design and Excellence in Architecture Using Structural Steel) Recognition Award (national)
  • 2015 North Dakota Ready Mix & Concrete Association Sustainability in Design Award
  • 2015 Architectural Engineering Institute, Mechanical Systems Design Award
  • 2014 North American Copper in Architecture Award

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