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.
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.
Who We Are
Director, 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).
CANADA: by Appointment
CANADIAN ARCHITECT Oct 2012 v. 57 N. 10
Hidden in Plain Sight: Contributions of Aboriginal Peoples to Canadian Identity and Culture, Volume II
Design as a “Native” Tradition; Musings & meanderings on design thinking and other thin
US Dept of Energy Solar Decathlon Competition 2011 Team Canada (A house for Treaty 7)
City Probe Magazine