A UIUC Building for Native American House & American Indian Studies
ARCH 572 | Fall 2013
Associate Professor Joy Malnar
“An understanding of the loss of cultural identity, and the struggle to preserve, regain and continue to evolve [their] culture, is one of the fundamental challenges facing Native American tribes across the country, and therefore a fundamental challenge of designing contemporary Native American architecture.”
– Daniel Glenn, “Design for the Seven Generations”
The studio project will require research on Native American tribes, analysis of the UIUC campus for selection of an appropriate building site, the development of a building program and the design of a new building for UIUC Native American students, faculty, staff, and their guests. The new building must resonate with the diverse number of represented tribes coming to the UIUC campus by being culturally appropriate while taking into account respect for the land and regional seasonal changes. There are 565 Federally-‐recognized Tribes in North America with the Midwest Region being home to 35 tribal governments and reservations. The design task is to represent and celebrate their diverse and unique identity, but not by engaging in stereotypes or icon specific images. Your building design will be evaluated based on how successfully it supports Native Americans on campus, and its ability to reestablish tribal connections to the land by assisting people to perceive and appreciate seasonal changes.
In teams, students will study the campus and select potential sites for the Native American building. Based on the needs of Native American House and the American Indian Studies a building program will be developed. Each team will read material by or on Native American architects and study similar types of buildings on other campuses. Each student will select one of the sites, refine the program, and individually design the building.