TAWAW utilizes a two-eyed seeing approach, integrating both Indigenous and western approaches to architecture. For collaborators that are new to Indigenous design, TAWAW offers interactive work sessions for our partners and collaborators.


Our collaborative approach aims to create highly contextual responses. Original and custom elements – from typeface and wallpaper, to furniture and wall systems– have become our specialty.


TAW is resilient and efficient with the engagement practice flowing interdependently in the design process of indigenous design work and architecture.
We have a few new items to consider:


We believe there is much to the field that there is to contribute, and it is our role to teach our insights, ways of being and knowing, knowledges systems, and mentorship in an all-level learning .
As part of our training includes:

Indigenous Futurities

Traditional knowledge can transcend the stereotype of Indigenous knowledge of the past. We are exploring new modes of cultivating an innovative and exciting work.
We are innovative:

Place-Based Research

Place-based research is an essential part of our Indigenous Placekeeping Framework. We believe we can offer a new perspective to the research that can uplift architecture in:


TAW’s mission to share knowledge extends far from the screen – into the conversations and bigger talks. We believe it is important to diversify and talk about our ways of knowing, being, and learning with the Indigenous and Non-indigenous audiences.

TAW is open to speaking in:

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