Changing Horse NFP Society


Blood Tribe Kainai Nation, Alberta, Canada

TAWAW role

Architectural Design

architect of record

Tawaw Architecture Collective Inc.



Housing First

The Supportive Housing Complex is an on-reserve housing development for houseless people in the Blood Tribe. It is based on a traditional, self-sustaining, holistically ecological, Blackfoot village, the ‘Housing First’. This approach is rooted in the idea that people are best able to move forward in their lives once they have a safe secure and decent house and supportive community.


Community-centered Design

The complex consists of eight (8) units surrounding a Central Gathering building. The project aims to affirm the community’s sense of place and home by purposefully integrating Niitsitapi (Blackfoot) cultural and communal aspects of healing and social integration.


number of community engagements


Sustainable and Energy-Efficient

The innovative use of prefabricated Structural Insulated Panels (SIPs) offers a high performance building envelope and ease of construction on this rural site.

Honorary Fellow

The Royal Architectural Institute of Canada is proud to announce that Wanda Dalla Costa, a prominent Indigenous voice and practitioner in North American architecture, has been awarded honorary fellowship for 2022. Wanda Dalla Costa is a member of the Saddle Lake Cree Nation and was the first First Nation woman to become an architect in Canada. Her firm, Tawaw Architecture Collective, is based in Phoenix, Arizona. She is the director and founder of Arizona State University’s Indigenous Design Collaborative, a community-driven design and construction program that brings together tribal community members, industry and multidisciplinary teams of university students and faculty to co-design and co-develop solutions for tribal communities. Dalla Costa is a prominent Indigenous female voice within the architectural profession–specifically within the academic sphere in North America.

YBCA's 100 Honorees: Wanda Dalla Costa

Indigenous Design Collaborative's founder and design director Wanda Dalla Costa was recognized as YBCA 100 list of change makers and cultural activists working at the intersection of art, social change and civic life.

Trailblazer Award: Wanda Dalla Costa

Presented this year as part of NZ20, the world's largest net zero conference and expo, the Trailblazer Awards celebrate leaders who are building a net zero future through their work in the carbon, energy, water, waste, transit and/or policy sectors.

St. Lawrence Center Competition Award 2023


Jeff Harnar Award
Unbuilt Architecture 2021