Architects merge with N.D. firm

JLG/AcV2 Architecture

February 13th, 2017

Patri Acevedo and John Riker found kindred spirits with fellow architects from JLG Architecture and as of Jan. 1 two firms have merged.

For now, the former AcV2 Architecture and Interior Design will be known as JLG/AcV2 Architecture.

“We’re taking this slowly,” Acevedo said of the name transition.

“We did want to be mindful and respectful to the relationships we have created, to be able to bring people along with us instead of just stopping (use of the AcV2 name),” she said.

Acevedo and Riker, her husband, said her local firm joining forces with a larger, regional firm became a consideration last summer when AcV2 and JLG architects collaborated on a number or projects bigger than AcV2 could handle by itself.

JLG has offices in Brookings and Sioux Falls. Their nearest location to western South Dakota at the time was in Dickinson, N.D.

“We were their local boots on the ground for a couple of proposals,” Riker said.

With their business growing, Acevedo and Riker realized teaming up with the 100-member firm made sense, with the philosophies of AcV2 and JLG dovetailing nicely, she said.

“We realized that their values and our values, like the core values of the culture, fit really well,” she said.

Acevedo grew up in San Juan, Puerto Rico, where she studied Environmental Design at the Universidad de Puerto Rico and later earned a Master of Architecture from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in New York.

She and Riker, a former U.S. Air Force B-1B weapons systems officer, moved to Rapid City in 2005 and founded AcV2 in 2010.

AcV2 has collaborated on a number of well-known historic preservation and transformation projects in downtown Rapid City, including The Garage (former Motor Service Co. building), the former Parts Central building, and Murphy’s Pub & Grill.

What is now JLG Architects was founded by Gary Johnson and Lonnie Laffen in Grand Forks, N.D., in 1989. The addition of AcV2 Architecture gives JLG 12 offices in North Dakota, South Dakota and Minnesota.

JLG/AcV2 will remain on the second floor of the Murphy’s building at 510 9th St. Contact them at 605-484-6071 or by email:

Source: Jim Holland Journal staff

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