Generations before us knew that to go far, we must go together. We believe building the resilience the world needs today means getting back to the roots of our shared humanity—where collective generosity and wisdom offers the way forward.


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.


Through dialogue, our approach invites all voices— fostering diverse and unexpected ideas that ignite inspiration and broaden innovation.


Led by Indigenous values of reciprocity, we aim to create an environment that is welcoming and encourages co-creation. It’s the foundation on which we were seeded, and it’s carried on through the designers we mentor and relationships we grow.

Data-Driven Storytelling

As placekeepers, we engage time and tradition to preserve the cultural richness of the communities we work with, while using technology to honor the complexities of our interconnected world.


We invite you to explore Indigenous worldviews, lifeways and contemporary identity through the lens of architecture. We offer instructional modules accompanied by ambassadors who will guide you on your learning journey.

Place-Based Research

We conduct historical research prior to entering community in order to become familiar with local histories, lifeways and place attachments.


Located in both Arizona and Alberta, our Indigenous-led team collaborates with firms and organizations across North America to share our design-research process for culturally-grounded architectures and landscapes.

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