Grace Lutheran Church Parking Garage


Wanda Dalla Costa and Claudio Vekstein in collaboration with True North Studio and Salt River Pima Maricopa Indian artist, Thomas “Breeze” Marcus, are co-creating a seven-story parking garage for Grace Lutheran Church. This urban place keeping initiative occupies a prominent place in downtown Phoenix, directly across from Hance Park. The elders shared, that the most unifying notion to represent all Indigenous nations, was nature. In response, Breeze created an Indigenous design reflective of Phoenix’s history: the original canal water ways honoring the ingenuity of the local Hohokam people who brought water to the valley. The garage is made of a series of fiberglass perforated panels, with perforation ranging from 2” to 8”, that will wrap from the east, north, and west elevation. Designed with integrated LED lighting, the structure will provide a glowing backdrop for the park’s evening events.
Public Space
Stage of Completion
Design Development (2019-2020)
Roosevelt Row Arts District, Phoenix, Arizona
8,075 sq.ft. 750 m2
True North Studio Developers
Architect of Record
Archicon, Architecture And Interiors, LC
IDC (Indigenous Design Collaborative) Design Leads
Wanda Dalla Costa, Claudio Vekstein
IDC Design Team
Rhonda Harvey, Dolores Cremonini

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