Making Space for Resistance Opening Reception


We are happy to announce the opening reception for Making Space for Resistance: Past, Present, Future with Duane Blue Spruce, architect and planning coordinator of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI) in New York, from Laguna Pueblo and San Juan Pueblo.

The talk will begin at 1:00 pm on Friday, September 6, 2019 at the Yale School of Architecture, 2nd Floor Architecture Gallery Room 211. All are welcome to attend!

The exhibition is currently open and will be on display until October 5, 2019 in the North Gallery at the Yale School of Architecture.

Yale Jim Vlock First Year Building Project Adopts Tribal Land Acknowledgement

The Yale M.Arch Class of 2021 voted to adopt a tribal land acknowledgement for the Building Project of 2019. ISAPD member and M.Arch Class of 2021 student, Anjelica S. Gallegos, collaborated with the Yale New England Indian Papers Series (Native Northeast Research Collaborative) to provide information on the Indigenous inhabitants and care takers of the building site.

The current building site on Plymouth Street of New Haven, Connecticut falls under the jurisdiction of two separate articles of agreement between Quinnipiac leaders and English authorities during the 17th Century. The annotated treaties are referenced on the Yale Building Project of 2019 website.

ISAPD members are positive and resolved the tribal land acknowledgement and vital collaboration with the Yale New England Indian Papers Series (Native Northeast Research Collaborative) will become part of the Yale School of Architecture’s Jim Vlock Building Project legacy.

Read the tribal land acknowledgement here.

Making Space for Resistance Exhibition is Well Underway

ISAPD Members have been busy creating and designing the spatial atmosphere of the Making Space for Resistance exhibit which will occur in the fall of 2019 at Yale School of Architecture’s North Gallery. Various handmade elements include fusing natural, textural and functional materials together. Designing the space and curating the work in the exhibit has been the focus for several months. ISPAD is especially excited to continue the art piece commemorating the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women. More details on this particular section of the exhibit can be found here.

ISAPD Launches Fundraiser for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women Art Installation

ISAPD recently launched a campaign to create a commemorative art installation which honors and spreads awareness of the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women epidemic.

The designed installation will be built by members of ISAPD during the summer of 2019 and will be featured in the gallery show curated by ISAPD entitled:

Making Space for Resistance: Past, Present Future
Yale School of Architecture – North Gallery
August 29, 2019 -October 5, 2019

To read more about the campaign please visit the gofundme website here!

The Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women art installation will provide a unique and necessary commemoration to the Indigenous women from an architectural perspective and will energize the spatial practices of healing from those often overlooked.

Thank you for your support!
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Indigenous Knowledge Sharing Spaces in the state of NY

Summer Sutton (PhD ’21) visited several cultural centers and museums representing Indigenous communities across the state of New York. The images and information from these visits are added to the Indigenous Space website as part of an ongoing research project:

By mapping formalized spaces of Indigenous knowledge sharing, the website aims to re-frame Indigenous Architecture as a communicative tool between people and their environments. Spaces designed and dedicated to pass on Indigenous knowledge continue to connect the past with the present, formalize communicative identities, and foster a relationship with ancestral land.


ISAPD contributes the work of Rina Swentzell and Chris Cornelius to Paprika!

ISAPD contributes the work of Rina Swentzell and Chris Cornelius to be included in Paprika! Vol. 04, Issue 15 Ca(non).

“This issue puts into question the architecture ‘canon,’ a term that is often used but not explicitly defined. Our intention is neither to define nor defy it but instead to address the implications of the term on what is taught, how architecture is practiced, and who gets recognized. In this issue, we deliberately bring to the foreground resources that represent architecture’s historic and contemporary heterogeneity. This acknowledgment is necessary in reflecting the larger shift towards diversifying architectural pedagogy and the imperatives of contemporary practice.”…/canon-a-collected-list-of-works