First Nation Community Engagement

Of the drivers that inform the expression of a building – climate, landscape, materials – the local cultural context is often the most challenging to access meaningfully. This session explores methods used to engage community members in the development of three projects located in First Nation’s communities in central and northern BC. Specific methods used to engage community members in meaningful conversations about the future of their communities and the education of their children will be described and illustrated with examples. Case studies will show how these conversations have resulted in buildings that speak to the values and aspirations of the communities that they are located in. Case studies will also speak to how a culture that is different from the context of the professional consultant team influences the development of a project. Specifically, how this influence shapes the nature of the conversation and the building that results.

Time: 3:30 – 5 p.m.
Location: Room 220
Learning Units (LUs): 1.5 Core

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Presented by:

Richard Evans Architect AIBC, MRAIC

Richard’s professional architectural journey began in 1986 as an intern with Arthur Erickson Architects’ Vancouver office. After a two-year contract with the then called Department of Indian Affairs, he cofounded Marceau Evans Johnson Architects in 1991, and then in 2008 created Evans Architecture. Evans Architecture continues to be First Nation community focused; developing culturally relevantRead More

Claire Wood Architect AIBC

Claire is a firm believer that architecture tells stories and that it is the task of the architect to understand and reflect the stories of the community they are designing for. Her career has varied widely from art installation and curation, to design for theatre, custom residential design, and community-led design. She has worked inRead More

Richard Vallee Retired Architect AIBC

From his earliest building in Iqaluit as a project architect with Bruno Freschi Architects in the early 1980’s, Richard Vallee has been highly aware of the importance of making a building culturally relevant and responsive to the people who will end up using it. As a partner in the Courtyard Architects in the 1990’s heRead More