Red Crow Community College


Blood Tribe, Alberta, Canada

TAWAW role

Architectural Design

architect of record

Kasian Architects



Renewal and Resiliency


Innovative research and community facility – a convergence of historical archives, a library, a keeping house for artifacts, classrooms, administrative space, and a theatre. Extensive end-user engagement with local Elders, community leaders, youth, and cultural advisors underpins its design. 



To Be Blackfoot


Reflect and honor Blackfoot culture, community, and way of life. It is the basis of everything and primary importance to be represented. The foundation to the school and design is to bring in values, customs, language, and tradition. It places a strong emphasis on inclusivity and accessibility, ensuring the space is welcoming and user-friendly for all, including those with mobility or mental challenges. Design Drivers: identity, kinship, inclusivity, inspiration, innovation, and resiliency. These drivers were woven into every aspect of the design.


number of community engagements


Connection to Nature

Incorporation of natural areas, physical nature into the building, and framed views from the building (to physical landmarks, connection to sky, and astromony).


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