Sweetgrass First Nation K-12 School


The Sweetgrass First Nation K-12 School features 12 classrooms, a Cree Language room, a combined Science/Multipurpose Room, a Resource Room, and a full-sized gymnasium with a mezzanine level indoor running track. A Daycare and HeadStart are being designed as optional additions. The school was designed to achieve the CAGBC Net Zero Carbon Ready Standard. The design is intended to mimic the free-flowing movement of the native grasses in the area, while highlighting local beadwork from the community.
Stage of Completion
Construction (2022-2024)
Sweetgrass, Saskatchewan, Canada
41667 ft2 | 3,871 m2
Sweetgrass First Nation
Architect of Record
Wallace Klypak Architects Ltd
Indigenous Consultant
Wanda Dalla Costa Architect
Design Team
Kyron Hardy

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