Specialists in Native North American Design

We believe design is a powerful tool with the ability to inspire its users, envision a future and mirror the values, culture and history of a people.

We have been working with First Nation and Tribal clients across Canada and the USA for 20+ years. We continue to develop leading expertise, informed by the diverse influences that are shaping our communities and fostering our local economies.

We believe in a collaborative process. Whatever the size or scope of your project, we have a network of organizations across Canada and USA that we join forces. It is about creating custom solutions, led by specialist teams that understand the needs of your particular project.

Our Director is a member of the Saddle Lake First Nation in Alberta, Canada. For our US affiliates, we are a WMBE, DBE and SBE and welcome opportunities and interested partners.

VALUES

What We Believe

We listen. We don’t begin unless we understand your goals, business and brand.

We strive for a smooth and transparent process – from community engagement and design, through to construction.

We celebrate our clients. We understand that every community is unique and deserves a tailored solution. The only way to know is to listen.

We support the latest advances in technology to enhance the mission and business of our clients, whether its sustainable design, BIM & 3-D technology.

We support all initiatives that involve community, including building capacity into all phases of a project. Together, let’s make a plan.

PEOPLE

Who We Are

about-imageDirector, Wanda Dalla Costa, Architect AAA, AIA, M.Arch, MDesR, LEED A.P.

Wanda is a member of the Saddle Lake First Nation in Northern Alberta. She has worked with First Nations and Tribal entities for over 20 years.

Her interest in cultural design was developed through a combination of Native Studies (B.A. 1991, U of A) and from exploring indigenous architecture overseas. She holds a Masters of Architecture (U of C, Calgary, AB) and a Masters of Design Research in City Design, Planning & Policy (Southern California Institute of Architecture or SCI-Arc, Los Angeles, CA).

Wanda is a member of AISES (American Indian Science & Engineering Society) and AICC (American Indian Chamber of Commerce). She most recently acted as the Cultural Adviser for the United States Department of Energy Solar Decathlon Competition (Team Canada).

Expertise Sector Experience

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Civic + Government

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Corporate + Commercial

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Gathering + Healing

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Higher Education

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Interiors

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Residential

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Sports + Recreation

CONTACT

USA: 1.480.565.7840
CANADA: 1.403.774.7236

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CANADIAN ARCHITECT Oct 2012 v. 57 N. 10

CANADIAN ARCHITECT Oct 2012 v. 57 N. 10

"A Group of Alberta-based Architects is working on resolving First Nations Development Issues." Text Kent McKay & Shafraaz Kaba  

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Hidden in Plain Sight: Contributions of Aboriginal Peoples to Canadian Identity and Culture, Volume II

Hidden in Plain Sight: Contributions of Aboriginal Peoples to Canadian Identity and Culture, Volume II

Dalla Costa, W. 'An Emerging Narrative: Aboriginal Contributions to Canadian Architecture.' Hidden in Plain Sight: Contributions of Aboriginal Peoples to ...

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Design as a “Native” Tradition; Musings & meanderings on design thinking and other thin

Design as a “Native” Tradition; Musings & meanderings on design thinking and other thin

Design as a “Native” Tradition Excerpt .... If design exists in every culture then every culture has its design sense.  Its how ...

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US Dept of Energy Solar Decathlon Competition 2011 Team Canada (A house for Treaty 7)

US Dept of Energy Solar Decathlon Competition 2011 Team Canada (A house for Treaty 7)

The U.S. Department of Energy’s Solar Decathlon challenges 20 international student teams to design, build, and operate solar-powered houses. The ...

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City Probe Magazine

City Probe Magazine

The Many Faces of Aboriginal Calgary, Summer 2004  

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We are always interested in designers with related backgrounds.

Please send inquiries to: info@RQarc.com