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Wanda Dalla Costa

Institute Professor
Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 1605
Biography

Wanda Dalla Costa, AIA, LEED A.P. holds a joint position at The Design School and the School of Construction (Institute Professor and Associate Professor). She is a member of the Saddle Lake First Nation and has spent nearly 20 years working with Indigenous communities in North America. Dalla Costa teaches an interdisciplinary service learning studio at ASU, where students engage directly with local tribal communities. Her interests include community-driven design, Indigenous methodologies, Indigenous placemaking/placekeeping and the vernacular intelligence of regional architectures. She recently exhibited at 2018 Venice Biennale as part of a group of 18 Indigenous architects (Unceded / Team Canada). She holds a Master of Design Research (City Design) from the Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc) and a Master of Architecture from the University of Calgary. Her company, Redquill Architecture www.RQarc.com is based in Phoenix, Arizona. 

 

Education
  • Master's degree. Design Research (City Design, Planning and Policy), Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc)
  • Master's degree. Architecture, University of Calgary
  • B.A. Sociology/Native Studies
Research Interests

Indigenous placekeeping (urban and rural), Indigenous design engagement, climate resiliency & passive design in architecture, bioclimate principles derived from regional Indigenous architectural precedents.  

 

 

Publications

Book Chapters
• Dalla Costa, W. (2018 in press). “Teaching Indigeneity in Architecture: Indigenous Placekeeping Framework.” In Kiddle, R., Stewart. L.P  & O’Brien, K. (eds). Our Voices: Indigeneity and Architecture,  ORO Editions, New York, NY, USA: 146-153.

• Dalla Costa, W. (2018 in press). “Metrics and margins: Envisioning frameworks in Indigenous architecture in Canada.”  In Grant, E., Greenop, K. & Refiti, A. (eds). Handbook of Contemporary Indigenous Architecture. 2017, Springer International, The University of Adelaide, Sydney, Australia: xx-xx.
•  Dalla Costa, W. (2016) “Contextualized Metrics and Narrating Binaries: Defining Place and Process in Indigenous North America,” A Conference paper presented at Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA), 2016 International Conference. Santiago, Chile.

Refereed Conference Publications
•  Dalla Costa W.(2017). “Housing Equity and Heat Vulnerability: A Case Study for Indigenous Design and Construction.” In: M. Young (ed.), AMPS Proceedings Series 9. Living and Sustainability: An Environmental Critique of Design and Building Practices, Locally and Globally. London South Bank University, London, 08 – 09 February, 2017. pp: 543-554.

Invited Peer-Reviewed Journal Publications

“Contextualized Metrics and Narrating Binaries: Defining Place and Process in Indigenous North America,” Conference Paper for Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA), 2016 International Conference, Santiago, Chile.


Conference Proceeding
•  Dalla Costa, W. (2016) “Contextualized Metrics and Narrating Binaries: Defining Place and Process in Indigenous North America,” A Conference paper presented at Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA), 2016 International Conference. Santiago, Chile.

Peer Reviewed Conference Presentations:
•  Feb 8- 9, 2017: “Housing Equity and Heat Vulnerability: A Case Study for Indigenous Design and Construction.” Living and Sustainability: An Environmental Critique of Design and Building Practices, Locally and Globally. AMPS (Architecture, Media, Politics & Society), London, England.
•  Oct 20-21, 2016: “Contextualized Metrics in the Built Environment; Critical Engagement in Indigenous North America”, Scholarship of Social Engagement Symposium, University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS.
•  June 29 - July 1, 2016: “Contextualized Metrics and Narrating Binaries: Defining Place and Process in Indigenous North America,” Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA), Santiago, Chile.

Research Activity

Students reimagine ASU campus with designs that better reflect Native cultures (Oct 2018)

https://asunow.asu.edu/20181113-creativity-native-students-redesign-asu-...

Community members offer input in Governor’s Sustainable Housing Plan (Nov 2018)

http://www.gricnews.org/index.php/grin-articles

Gila River Indian Community members see traditional house designs come to life (Sept 2018)

https://asunow.asu.edu/20180913-arizona-impact-gila-river-indian-communi...

ASU moving forward with GRIC housing study (Gila River News, July 2017)

http://www.gricnews.org/index.php/grin-articles/2017-articles/july-7-201...

 

ASU Del Webb School presents adobe brick designs for home building (Gila River News: March 29, 2017)

http://www.gricnews.org/index.php/grin-articles/2017-articles/april-21-2...

 

New construction course strives to help tribal communities improve housing (Dec 20, 2016 ASU Inner Circle News)

https://innercircle.engineering.asu.edu/2016/12/20/new-construction-cour...

Awards:

•  2018 Leveraging a Residential Mockup to Engage Native American Students in STEM.” Grant by Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts and the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering. Co-PI’s: Kristen Parrish, Mounir El Asmar Received: $20,000.
•  2017 Affordable Housing Design Leadership Institute (AHDLI) Collaborative Action Grant. Granted by Enterprise Community Partners, Inc. Received: $5,000.
•  2018 Indigenous Placemaking for ASU Campuses and Sun Devil 365. Applied project.
•  2018 Upper Fruitland Chapter of Navajo Nation, Cemetery Design. Role: Project Lead. $49,000.
•  2016 - 2018 Gila River Indian Community Sustainable Housing Initiative. Activities to date include: Design-Build of Shade Structure/Adobe bench (2018); Community Engagement & Survey (2017); Construction Feasibility Report (2017); Design study (2016), Adobe Block Demonstration (2016). Role: Project Lead.
•  2017 Affordable Housing Design Leadership Institute (AHDLI) Design Leadership Mini-Grant. Granted by Enterprise Community Partners, Inc. Received: $1,000.
•  2017 - 2018 Tuba City Chapter of Navajo Nation: Equestrian Learning & Education Center. Design Feasibility Report as part of CON 494/598. Role: Project Lead. Received: $23,224.
•  2017 Buckminster Fuller Catalyst Program. “Climatic, Culture and Economic Resiliency through Indigenous Architecture.” Role: Project Lead. Team members: Steve Tepper, Bryan Brayboy.
•  2016 Tolani Lake Chapter of Navajo Nation: Affordable Housing Design & Project Delivery. Design Feasibility Report as part of CON 494/598. Role: Project Lead. Received: $10,000.

 

 

Fall 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
CON 590Reading and Conference
DSC 592Research
DSC 593Applied Project
BUS 593Applied Project
DSC 598Special Topics
CON 598Special Topics
AIS 598Special Topics
Spring 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
CON 494Special Topics
DSC 494Special Topics
AIS 494Special Topics
DSC 499Individualized Instruction
CON 590Reading and Conference
DSC 592Research
CON 593Applied Project
CON 595Continuing Registration
AIS 598Special Topics
CON 598Special Topics
DSC 598Special Topics
CON 599Thesis
CON 680Practicum
CON 790Reading and Conference
CON 792Research
CON 795Continuing Registration
CON 799Dissertation
Fall 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
AIS 494Special Topics
CON 494Special Topics
CON 590Reading and Conference
CON 598Special Topics
AIS 598Special Topics
Spring 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
PUP 494Special Topics
CON 494Special Topics
CON 590Reading and Conference
CON 593Applied Project
PUP 598Special Topics
CON 598Special Topics
Fall 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
CON 494Special Topics
CON 590Reading and Conference
CON 593Applied Project
CON 598Special Topics
Spring 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
CON 598Special Topics
Presentations

Conference Presentations:
• “Story, Landscape and Place-Making: Contextualizing Indigenous Knowledge within Indigenous Architecture” Native American & Indigenous Studies Association (NAISA). Vancouver, BC, June 22 - 24, 2017.
• “Architecture as Storyteller,” Western Social Science Association (WSSA), San Francisco, CA, April 13-15, 2017.
• “Housing Equity and Heat Vulnerability: A Case Study for Indigenous Design and Construction.” Living and Sustainability: An Environmental Critique of Design and Building Practices. AMPS (Architecture, Media, Politics & Society), London, England, Feb 9-10, 2017.
• “Helping Communities Find Voice and Healing through Planning,” American Indian Studies Association Conference (AISA), University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM, February 2-3, 2017. Co-presenters: Michelle Hale and Elroy Keetso.
• “Indigenous Placekeeping Framework: Critical Engagement in Indigenous North Americat”, Lawrence, KS, Oct 20, 2016. Scholarship of Social Engagement Symposium, University of Kansas. Lecture synopsis: Cause and effect in Indigenous architecture.
• “Contextualized Metrics and Narrating Binaries: Defining Place and Process in Indigenous North America,” Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA), Santiago, Chile, June 29, 2016. Lecture synopsis: Defining Indigenous architecture.
• “Indigenous Design Symposium: Fostering the Co-Production of Knowledge,” American Indian Council of Architects and Engineers (AICAE), Phoenix, AZ, Apr. 29, 2016. Lecture synopsis: The co-production of knowledge in higher education.
• “Indigenized Construction and Economic Development: Equipping Indian People with the Tools Needed to Built the Communities they Desire,” Construction in Indian Country (CIIC), Phoenix, AZ, Apr. 27, 2016. Co-presenters: Michelle Hale and Jerome Clark. Lecture synopsis: Indigenous metrics and opportunities in Construction.
• “Community Innovations and Indigenous Materials,” Construction in Indian Country (CIIC), Phoenix, AZ, Apr. 26, 2016. Lecture synopsis: Indigenous materials, local initiatives and opportunities.
• “Indigenous Innovation Opportunities in the Built Environment,” National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development (NCAIED) Conference, Las Vegas, NV, Mar 24, 2016. Lecture synopsis: Indigenous metrics and opportunities in Construction.
• “Indigenous Urban Planning, Design, Architecture & Construction: Equipping Indian People with Tools Needed to Build the Communities They Desire.” American Indian Studies Association Conference (AISA), Phoenix, AZ, Feb. 4-5, 2016. Co-presenters: Michelle Hale, Jerome Clark, Chandler Willie. Lecture synopsis: Indigenous metrics and opportunities in Construction.
• “Indigenous Architecture Process and Principles: A Case Study of the K-3 Aboriginal Learning Center,” Construction in Indian Country (CIIC), Phoenix, AZ, Apr. 20, 2015.
Other Research activities to consider

Honors / Awards
  • 2018 Venice Biennale, Team Canada. Unceded is a team composed of 18 Indigenous Architects from across North America, led by Douglas Cardinal and co-curated by David Fortin and Gerald McMaster. Dalla Costa is one of the Exhibiting Indigenous Architects for Unceded. https://www.unceded.ca/
Professional Associations
  • American Institute of Architects (AIA), Registered Architect (Arizona & California)
Graduate Faculties / Mentoring History
  • PhD Committee for BriAnn Laban, University of Hawaii at Manoa: “A Hopi House Design Guideline: Incorporating Culture into Design” (2018).
  • 2017 - current Project Assistant: Selina Martinez (BSD 2017, The Design School, ASU).  
  • 2018 - current Project Assistant: Rhonda Harvey (The Design School, ASU). 
  • 2018 - current Project Assistant: Neegin Saatchi (Construction Management, ASU). 
  • 2016 - 2018 Research & Teaching Assistant: Brianne Arviso (PhD Candidate 2020, Construction Mgmt, ASU)
  • 2018 Project Assistant: Chandler WIllie (BSD 2016, MUD 2017, The Design School, ASU).
  • 2016 Project Assistant: BriAnn Laban, (PhD Candidate 2018, U of H).
Work History
  • 2010 - current, Director of RedQuill Architecture Inc. (RQA), Phoenix, AZ (www.RQarc.com).
  • 2006-2010, Project Manager, Zeidler Partnership Architect (ZPA), Calgary, AB.
  • 2002 - 2005, Designer, Project Lead & Marketing, Perkins + Will Architects (PW) & Formline Architects (FA) (formerly Waugh &   Busby Architects), Calgary, AB.
Service
  • Creative Placemaking and Equitable Communities Initiative (ASU), Advisor (2018 - present)
  • Projecting All Voices (ASU), Advisor (2018 - present)
  • Indigenous Task Force, Royal Architecture Institute of Canada (RAIC), Member (2017 - present)
  • Indigenous Task Force, RAIC, Chair, Education Committee (2017 - present) 
  • Native American Connections, Board Member (2016-2017)
  • Construction in Indian Country (CIIC), Faculty Member (2016 - present)
  • American Indian Council of Architects & Engineers (AICAE), Board Member (2015 - present)
  • American Indian Science & Engineering Society (AISES), Member (2015- present)
  • U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2011, Team Canada (placed 6th). Role: Cultural Advisor. Title: TRTL or Technological Residence Traditional Living (First Nations housing).

 

Consulting

Architect, AIA (registered in California and Arizona)

Director, Redquill Architecture 

www.rqarc.com

Board
  • Constuction in Indian Country Advisory Council https://ciic.construction.asu.edu/
  • Chair, Subcommittee on Indigenous Architecture Education, Indigenous Task Force (RAIC)
  • Member, Royal Architecture Institute of Canada (RAIC) Indigenous Task Force
  • Member, American Indian Council of Architects and Engineera (AICAE)