Apr/29
Joseph Kunkel

Bridging Boundaries in Native and non-Native Communities: An architecture for wealth-building and equitable opportunity

MIT Architecture | Spring 2021 Lecture Series
The MIT NOMAS Lecture
6:00 PM, webcast

 

Joseph Kunkel

Joseph, a citizen of the Northern Cheyenne Nation, is a Principal at MASS Design Group, where he directs the Sustainable Native Communities Design Lab based in Santa Fe, New Mexico. He is a community designer and educator, focused on sustainable development practices throughout Indian Country. His work includes exemplary Indian housing projects and processes nationwide. This research work has developed into emerging best practices, leading to an online Healthy Homes Road Map for tribal housing development, funded by the United States Department of Housing and Urban Developments' Policy Development and Research Office. His professional career has centered on community-based design, materials research, fabrication, and construction. In 2019 Joseph was awarded an Obama Fellowship for his work with indigenous communities. Joseph is a Fellow of the inaugural class of the Civil Society Fellowship, a partnership of ADL and The Aspen Institute, and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.

Image Credits:

01 Joseph Kunkel portrait. Courtesy of Joseph Kunkel.

02 Rural High Desert Housing Project: Wa-Di Housing Project, Kewa Pueblo, NM. Photo Credit: AOS Architects

03-04 Modular Housing Project Title: Big Valley Rancheria Elder Housing Project, Lakeport, CA. Photo Credit: John Gichuki, Public Works Director, Big Valley Rancheria Band of Pomo Indians.