Contemporary Native American Projects: Four Studies

  • Joy Monice Malnar
  • Frank Vodvarka


We discuss the distinct cultural and philosophical context for the new architecture that has emerged on Native lands within the USA during the past two decades. As individual tribes can now employ their own architects and contractors, a more sophisticated design sensibility has emerged that seeks to reconcile form and content in a manner that is culturally reassuring and unifying. Four projects—each distinct in its design approach, building function, and geographic area—are presented in terms of cultural reflection, structural approach, sustainability, and their impact on the development of a wider Native regionalism.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.The University of Illinois, Urbana-ChampaignChampaignUSA
  2. 2.Loyola UniversityChicagoUSA

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