ISAPD meets Winona LaDuke at Manhattan’s first Powwow since the 1700s

ISAPD members, Anjelica Gallegos and Summer Sutton, along with Yale architecture classmate, I-Ting Tsai, attended the 1st Lenape Powwow in NYC, held at the Park Avenue Armory on November 18th.

The event included a talk by Winona LaDuke, Native American land rights activist and author, as well as performances by acclaimed Inuit throat singer, Tanya Tagaq.

ISAPD visits Cornell University and stays at Akwe:kon

ISAPD visited Cornell University to see the work-in-progress screening of Waaki – Sanctuary, by film maker, Victor Masayesva (Hopi). The faculty of Cornell’s American Indian and Indigenous Studies Program (AIISP) were kind enough to offer a place for ISAPD to stay in Akwe:kon, the first university residence hall designed and developed to celebrate American Indian culture and heritage.

ISAPD had the chance to explore I.M. Pei’s Johnson Art Museum on Cornell’s campus as well as Milstein Hall, designed by Remington Koolhaas in 2011.


ISAPD visits the University of Buffalo and meets with Prof. Ted Jojola

Prof. Ted Jojola (University of New Mexico, School of Architecture and Planning) gave a talk on “Indigenous Planning” at the University of Buffalo on Wednesday, November 14th. ISAPD traveled to Buffalo, NY to attend the lecture and joined Prof. Jojola for a dinner hosted by the faculty at the School of Architecture and Planning at the University of Buffalo.

Responding to the “Indigenous/Vernacular” Architecture Question

Paprika!, the new broadsheet of the Yale School of Architecture recently issued a call for proposals on the topic of questioning the meaning of “Vernacular” in the architecture profession. The original call for proposals made the all-too-common-mistake of associating “vernacular” with “indigenous” and “primitive.” The editors of the paper were quick to respond to ISAPD and agreed to re-frame the original theme for the Paprika! issue.

The ISAPD team wrote a response to Paprika! on this issue. More information about this will be coming out soon!