Wanda Dalla Costa & Selina Martinez
Indigenous Placekeeping, Plurality, and Futurities
In a world filled with infinite diversity, the Indigenous Design Collaborative is interested finding ways to integrate and uplift other narratives. We believe that Indigenous design, offers new methodologies and new outcomes to the field, that speaks to a new level of interconnection between the natural, built world and living worlds. Join us, as we delve into a series of concepts that we are currently examining including ancestrality, placekeeping, plurality and futurality. The Indigenous Design Collaborative (IDC) is a community-driven design and construction program, which brings together tribal community members, industry and a multidisciplinary team of ASU students and faculty to co-design and co-develop solutions for tribal communities in Arizona.
About Wanda Dalla Costa
Wanda Dalla Costa, AIA, LEED A.P. is a member of the Saddle Lake Cree Nation. She is a practicing architect, a professor and a YBCA 100 2019 honoree. At Arizona State University, she is the director and founder of the Indigenous Design Collaborative, a community-driven design and construction program, which brings together tribal community members, industry and a multidisciplinary team of ASU students and faculty to co-design and co-develop solutions for tribal communities. Dalla Costa holds a Master of Design Research in City Design from SCI-Arc, and a Master of Architecture from the U of C.
About Selina Martinez
Selina Martinez, is a member of the Pascua Yaqui Tribe and Xicana born and raised in Phoenix, AZ. She completed her master of Architecture degree from ASU in 2020, and is currently pursuing her architectural license. She has been involved in a diversity of projects with local tribal nations through the ASU Indigenous Design Collaborative. Selina is the cofounder and lead instructor for Design Empowerment Phoenix, a program of the Sagrado Galleria in South Phoenix that creates opportunities for youth and community to engage in design tools and processes.