Infrastructure BC


Vancouver, BC

TAWAW role

Architectural Design

architect of record

Formline Tawaw Architecture Inc.



Needs of a Growing Population


Situated on the un-ceded territory of the Musqueam Indian Band, Coast Squamish Nation, and Tsleil-Waututh Nation (MST), this project will be home to Urban Native Youth Association (UNYA), Nicola Valley Institute of Technology (NVIT), with housing and childcare uses provided by the City of Vancouver. This project offers the opportunity to create a community based on Indigenous values and cultural narratives.



Decolonized Indigenous-led

An Indigenous-led team, creating a project designed by Indigenous people for Indigenous people. This is essential to enhancing the cultural and economic wellbeing of urban Indigenous people on traditional territory. The roots of our approach are informed by our community-led collaborative design and Indigenous ways of knowing, doing, and being.


number of community engagements




Creating a sense of belonging through representation of the territorial tribes, art integration, and language integration, within the design. The urban development project is designed to support across all stages of life, offering child care, youth programs, post-secondary education, and affordable housing. Complementing these efforts are a diverse array of communal spaces intentionally crafted to encourage multigenerational interaction spaces.


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