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Wanda Dalla Costa

Wanda Dalla Costa

Institute Professor, The Design School, Herberger Institute for Design and Arts

Herberger Institute for Design and Arts
Arizona State University
PO Box 872102
Tempe, AZ 85287-2102


  • Senior Global Futures Scientist, Julie Ann Wrigley Global Futures Laboratory
  • Institute Professor, The Design School, Herberger Institute for Design and Arts
  • Associate Professor, School of Sustainable Engineering and the Built Environment, Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering


Wanda Dalla Costa, AIA, LEED A.P. holds a joint position at Arizona State University between The Design School as Institute Professor, and the School of Construction as Associate Professor. She is a member of the Saddle Lake First Nation and has spent nearly 20 years working with Indigenous communities in North America. Her current work focuses on re-operationalizing Indigenous ways of knowing, being and connecting in contemporary architecture education and practice. Her interests include co-design methodologies, Indigenous place-keeping and climatic resiliency based in regional architectures. Dalla Costa was the first, First Nation women to become an architect in Canada, and is part of a team of Indigenous architects representing Canada at the 2018 Venice Biennale. Dalla Costa’s coursework at ASU includes Indigenous Planning, Architecture and Construction and a multidisciplinary Indigenous Construction Studio, where architecture, construction and planning students work directly with tribal communities. Dalla Costa is a member of the following boards and organizations committed to advancing construction and architecture in Indian Country: Advisory Board, Construction in Indian Country (CIIC) at Arizona State University; member, American Indian Council of Architects & Engineers (AICAE); member, the American Indian Science & Engineering Society (AISES); member, Royal Institute of Architecture Canada (RAIC) Indigenous Task Force; Chair, Education Subcommittee of RAIC’s Indigenous Task Force. Dalla Costa holds a Master of Design Research (City Design) from the Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc) and a Master of Architecture from the University of Calgary. Her company, Redquill Architecture ( is based in Phoenix, Arizona.


  • MA, Design Research in City Design, Planning and Policy, Southern California Institute of Architecture, 2011
  • MA, Architecture, University of Calgary, 2002
  • BA, Sociology, Native Studies, University of Alberta, 1991


Book Chapters


Dalla Costa, W. 2018. Metrics and margins: Envisioning frameworks in indigenous architecture in Canada. Pp. 193-221 In: Grant, E., K. Greenop, A. Refiti and D. Glenn eds., The Handbook of Contemporary Indigenous Architecture. Springer Singapore. DOI: 10.1007/978-981-10-6904-8. ISBN: 978-981-10-6903-1.

Dalla Costa, W. 2018. Teaching indigeneity in architecture: Indigenous architects from across North America. Pp. 146-153 In: Kiddle, R., L. P. Stewart and K. O'Brien eds., Our Voices: Indigeneity and Architecture. ORO Editions. ISBN: 978-1940743493.


Dalla Costa, W. 2011. An emerging narrative: Aboriginal contributions to Canadian architecture. Pp. 356-379 In: Voyageur, C. J., D. R. Newhouse and D. Beavon eds., Hidden in Plain Sight: Contributions of Aboriginal Peoples to Canadian Identity and Culture. University of Toronto Press. Toronto, Canada. ISBN: 978-1442610125.

Conference Papers


Dalla Costa, W. 2017. Housing equity and heat vulnerability: A case study for indigenous design and construction in Arizona. Pp. 543-554 AMPS Proceedings Series 9. Living and Sustainability: An Enviromental Critique of Design and Building Practices, Locally and Globally. London South Bank University, London, England. (link )