AISSS Spatial and Branding Re-Design


American Indian Student Support Services (AISSS) is dedicated to Indigenous students at ASU, providing meeting and studying space and support services to achieve academic success. The initiative began with a branding exercise, led by the internationally renowned, Menos Es Mas, who assisted the team in analyzing stylistic and regional symbols to create a logo unique to AISSS. The design team, following the graphic brand, developed a common design language that could be applied to all four campuses. The graphic and spatial identity consisted of four components: activity icons (study, socialize, eat, rest, gather, meet, advocate) for signage or wall/ glass application; tribal seals, denoting the 22 tribes of Arizona; a mural application that units the icons; and a color palette representative of the southwest.
Stage of Completion
Conceptual/Schematic Design (2020)
Arizona State University - Tempe, Downtown, West, and Polytechnic Campus
American Indian Student Support Services, Arizona State University
IDC (Indigenous Design Collaborative) Design Leads
Wanda Dalla Costa, Claudio Vekstein
IDC Design Team
Tierra Miller, LaDawn Bentley

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