Design Institute

Real Solutions for Today’s Real Downtowns

Design Institute was created on the premise that good design is a key element in revitalizing and sustaining traditional commercial districts.


Design Institute is a unique professional consultation service developed by The Lakota Group. The mission is to provide practical, cost-effective solutions for planning, urban design and historic preservation issues facing today’s Main Streets and commercial districts.

Services range from leading charrette workshops to preparing customized design manuals to delivering customized training.

For more information and to learn how the Design Institute can serve your community, email