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Wanda Dalla Costa

Sch Sustain Engr & Built Envrn
Visiting Scholar (FSC)
Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 3005
Biography

Wanda Dalla Costa, AIA, LEED A.P. is the Visiting Eminent Scholar at the Del E. Webb School of Construction at Arizona State University. She is an architect and has spent nearly 20 years working with Indigenous communities in North America. Her current work focuses on culturally responsive design, sustainable-affordable housing, climatic resiliency in architecture, and built environments as a teaching tool for traditional knowledge. She holds a Master of Design Research (City Design, Planning and Policy) from the Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc), a Master of Architecture from the Faculty of Environmental Design at the University of Calgary, and a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology/Native Studies. She is the Owner of Redquill Architecture (www.RQarc.com). Dalla Costa is a member of the Saddle Lake First Nation, Alberta and currently resides in Phoenix, Arizona.

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
• “Metrics and margins: Envisioning frameworks in Indigenous architecture.” Handbook of Contemporary Indigenous Architecture. 2017, Springer International, Sydney, Australia.
• “An Emerging Narrative: Aboriginal Contributions to Canadian Architecture.” Hidden in Plain Sight: Contributions of Aboriginal Peoples to Canadian Identity and Culture, 2011, vol. 2, University of Toronto Press, Toronto, Ontario.

 

Refereed Conference Publications
• “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.
• “Indigenous Placekeeping Framework: Critical Engagement in Indigenous North Americat”, Scholarship of Social Engagement Symposium, University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS, Oct 20, 2016.

 

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.

 

 

Research Activity

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...

 

 

 

 

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

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/

Member, Royal Architecture Institute of Canada (RAIC) indigenous Task Force 

Member, American Indian Council of Architects and Engineera (AICAE)