Recent Architectural and Planning Strategies on Native American Lands

  • Joy Monice Malnar
  • Frank Vodvarka


Native American reserves are currently considered quasi-independent political entities with varying degrees of autonomy within the U.S. federal system. Significant 1996 legislation resulted in increased Native control over what is built on their lands. Individual tribes can now hire architects and contractors, as well as employ new systems of financing and culture-sensitive building codes. We discuss, with examples, why cultural issues are critical to design in Native communities, and their built interpretation by both Native and non-Native architects. We also examine issues relating to urban planning, sustainability, and financial strategies in light of these enhanced opportunities.


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Authors and Affiliations

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

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