The Pedagogy of Indigenous Architecture

SAH 2021 Virtual Conference

The Pedagogy of Indigenous Architecture
Wednesday, May 19, 2021
12:00–1:30 PM CDT

Moderator: Anne Marshall, University of Idaho

Architectural education in North America is based on European models and until recently has rarely included Indigenous architecture. First modeled after the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris, then later after the Bauhaus in Weimar, Dessau, and Berlin, architectural education in North America has been so focused on European architecture that it has overlooked the architecture of its own backyard. Few North American academic institutions offer courses pertaining to the history, design, study, or teaching of Indigenous architectures in North America. Faculty who wish to include Indigenous architectures in surveys of architectural history find that even the most recent and comprehensive textbooks on architectural history include very little about Indigenous architecture. Even more rare are programs focusing on Indigenous pedagogy. This roundtable seeks to highlight a few exceptional 21st-century initiatives that address this lacuna.


David T. Fortin, PhD (Métis)
Director, Associate Professor, McEwen School of Architecture, Laurentian University

Daniel J. Glenn (Apsáalooke-Crow)
Principal Architect, 7 Directions Architects/Planners

Theodore (Ted) Jojola, PhD (Isleta Pueblo)
Director, Regents and Distinguished Professor, Indigenous Design and Planning institute, University of New Mexico

Lynn Paxson, PhD (unenrolled)
Emeritus University Professor, Department of Architecture, Iowa State University

Luugigyoo Patrick Reid Stewart (Nisga'a), PhD
Architect AIBC, MRAIC, LEED AP, Adjunct Professor
McEwen School of Architecture, Laurentian University


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