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 tpreserve, 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.