Swan River First Nation – Cultural Centre


The Swan River First Nation is a Woodland Cree community located on the south-central shore of Lesser Slave Lake in Alberta. Critical to the community’s future and well-being, the center is intended to focus on cultural teachings, and will include a central gathering space for community members. The facility will support arts, heritage, cultural creation and celebration and offer a permanent place for youth, Elders, artisans, and Nation members to engage, gather, create, and showcase their art, culture, and ceremony.
Stage of Completion
Feasibility Study (OCT 2020-2021)
Swan River First Nation, Alberta, Canada
26, 431 ft2 | 2,455 m2
$12,383,210.63 CAD
Swan River First Nation
Design Leads
Wanda Dalla Costa Architect
Design Team
Tierra Miller, Architectural Designer
Kyron Hardy, Architectural Designer
Peng Peng, Architectural Designer

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