Canadian Architect


Aboriginal Housing and Collaborative Design Seminar

March 24, 2016
4110 Human Computer Interaction Building, Carleton University, Ottawa

 [email protected] will host a seminar and discussion on Aboriginal housing and collaborative design, featuring a talk and opening ceremony by Douglas Cardinal on March 24, 2016.

When: Thursday, March 24, 2016 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Where: [email protected], 4110 Human Computer Interaction Building, Carleton University

Detailed agenda and registration information:

Canada must improve housing and infrastructure for Indigenous communities. It is well known that collaborative design for new building with Indigenous communities can produce efficient, comfortable and culturally appropriate dwellings.

The purpose of the event is to share a powerful design methodology with those who are interested in sustainable partnerships with Indigenous communities.

Cardinal will discuss how collaborative design is fair, respectful and effective. His session will explore the process of working with Canadian Indigenous communities and will look at how the Indigenous approach to collaboration influences design and creates a model for effective architectural planning.

Using specific design processes adapted to the needs of Indigenous communities, the presenters will provide attendees with significant insights into Indigenous values, how designers identified and worked with them, and how those values have been expressed in built environment. The session is for those who wish to engage and work with Indigenous communities in Canada.

About Douglas Cardinal

Cardinal is an architect and master builder whose life is dedicated to creating beautiful, thriving and harmoniously built environments.

Born in 1934 in Calgary, his architectural studies at the University of British Columbia took him to Austin, Texas, where he obtained his architectural degree and found a life experience in human rights initiatives. Douglas then became a forerunner of philosophies of sustainability, green buildings and ecologically designed community planning. His architecture springs from his observation of nature and its understanding that everything works seamlessly together.

In recognition of such work, Cardinal has received numerous awards including: 19 honorary doctorates, Gold Medals of Architecture in Canada and Russia, and an award from United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural organization (UNESCO) for best sustainable village. He was also titled an Officer of the Order of Canada and was awarded the declaration of being “World Master of Contemporary Architecture” by the International Association of Architects.


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