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Wanda Dalla Costa Gives Drexel Arfaa Lecture

January 11, 2022

Wanda Dalla Costa AIA presented the winter Arfaa lecture entitled, “Indigenous Design: New Meaning, Methodologies and Responsibilities.” 

Dalla Costa is a member of the Saddle Lake Cree Nation and the director and founder of the Indigenous Design Collaborative at Arizona State University, a community-driven design and construction program, which brings together tribal community members, industry and a multidisciplinary team of ASU students and faculty to co-design and co-develop solutions for tribal communities. Her teaching and research are focused on Indigenous ways of knowing and being, co-design methodologies, sustainable design, and the resiliency of vernacular architectures. Dalla Costa also participated in the 2018 Venice Biennale, as part of “Unceded” where she joined 18 Indigenous architects from across Turtle Island, to share an Indigenous vision of the future. Her firm, Tawaw Architectural Collective, is based in Phoenix, Arizona.