Seven Generations Home: Elders Village


The Seven Generations home is part of the Indigenous Housing Innovation initiative by the Canadian Government which aims to support indigenous-led solutions to housing. The initiative was led by Rod Saddleback, a member of Samson, who through his vision, created a solution to improve Elders privacy, security, autonomy and social connection. The community has long suffered from housing that is dangerous in terms of fire, mold, air quality, overcrowding, and lack of maintenance, and the recent influx of modular structures, have been found to be non-conducive to culture, climate or longevity.
Stage of Completion
Feasibility Study (2020-2021)
Samson Cree First Nation, Alberta, Canada
600-7,500 ft2 | 56-697 m2
Indigenous Homes Innovation Initiative
Architect of Record
Wanda Dalla Costa Architect
Design Team
Peng Peng, Rhonda Harvey, Dolores Cremonini, Tierra Miller, Selina Martinez

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