2023 Indigenous Architecture Forum: Finding Pathways to Regeneration

Thursday, October 19 | 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Center for Architecture + Design, 140 Sutter Street (between Kearny and Montgomery), San Francisco

AIA Member: $35 | General: $45 | Student: $15

Registration includes light morning refreshments and lunch will be provided.

Be sure to consider signing up for the separate program related to this collection of conversations, “Experiential Tour: Exploring Rematriation.”



The Center for Architecture + Design in collaboration with the American Institute of Architects/San Francisco (AIASF) hosts its inaugural 2023 Indigenous Architecture Forum: Finding Pathways to Regeneration.

Join us for an extraordinary full-day event at the Center for Architecture + Design, where you’ll journey through engaging conversations that take a deep-dive into Indigenous placemaking, in the Bay Area, California, and North America. The Forum will explore the Urban Indian experience and take a look at the transformation of Indigenous communities in the dynamic urban landscape. We’ll discuss where traditions and modernity seamlessly intertwine and the vital role of integrating Indigenous architecture and design into contemporary practice and more. 

2023 Indigenous Architecture Forum Sponsor


Patricia Algara, ASLA, Principal & Co-Founder, BASE Landscape Architecture, is a recognized leader in coalition building and community-driven design. She creates landscapes that immerse children and families of all backgrounds and abilities in learning, exploration and play. Patricia was born to a bilingual/bicultural family in central Mexico. She has engaged Spanish-speaking communities as collaborators in projects from master plans to urban agriculture initiatives. Her community involvement and advocacy expand the boundaries of traditional landscape architecture. Patricia earned a Master of Landscape Architecture from the University of California at Berkeley, and holds a Bachelor of Latin American Studies from the University of Arizona.

Tamarah Begay, AIA, Principal-In-Charge, is the founder of Indigenous Design Studio + Architecture (IDS+A), a 100% Native American Woman-Owned architectural and planning firm. As a member of the Navajo Nation, Ms. Begay is the first Navajo woman registered architect and has accumulated over 15 years of experience working in Native American tribes with connecting culture, language, and tradition through design. Another focus of Tamarah’s is educating clients on the importance of embracing Indigenous values of design and planning. She is committed in supporting minorities in particular Native Americans in architecture & planning and other related fields, through business opportunities and professional development.


Kimberly Butt, AIA, NCARB DBIA, Principal, TreanorHL, is a preservation architect, architectural historian and principal at TreanorHL. Fascinated by the stories historic structures and cultural resources represent, Kim helps building owners and stakeholders seize the opportunity to protect and enhance their properties. With more than 22 years of experience, she guides her clients through the historic preservation process to develop architectural solutions that respect the history of both people and place while preparing for the future. Kim has documented, evaluated, restored, and rehabilitated historic buildings throughout California and the Pacific Northwest.


Gregg Castro, Culture Director, The Association of Ramaytush OhloneRamaytush Ohlone, T’rowt’raahl Salinan, Rumsen, has been involved in preservation of his cultural heritage for nearly three decades, for both his late Mother’s rumsien Ohlone heritage, and on his late Father’s side, the since ended ‘Salinan Nation Tribal Council’ (serving two terms as Tribal Chair) and currently the non-profit organization, Salinan T’rowt’raahl. Gregg is a member of the Society for California Archaeology (SCA).  Gregg is a Co-Facilitator for the annual California Indian Conference, a 30+ year gathering about California Indigenous heritage. Gregg is a writer and activist within the California indigenous community, on issues regarding cultural preservation, protection, education and traditional practices.

Ursula Currie, AIA, Senior Associate, Perkins&Will, a dedicated architect and advocate for the design industry, she is the current President of the AIA East Bay Chapter and has been an active Board member since 2020. Ursula’s professional experience includes managing and designing architectural projects for Institutional clients such as: Department of General Services; University of California, Berkeley; National Institute of Culture, Lima; and UNICEF, Malawi. She also has extensive aquarium experience serving clients such as The Monterey Bay Aquarium, Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach, Toledo Aquarium in Ohio, and the Aquarium of the Bay in San Francisco. Born in Belfast, Northern Ireland, she earned her Architecture Degrees at Dundee University and the Glasgow School of Art, Scotland.

Daniel Glenn, AIA, NCARB, Principal, 7Directions Architects/Planners  is a nationally recognized expert in culturally responsive architecture and in green affordable housing with a focus on work for diverse cultures. Mr. Glenn’s work reflects his Crow tribal heritage. He has been featured in the film, Indigenous Architecture / Living Architecture, and four of his tribal projects have been featured in the book, Design Re-Imagined: New Architecture on Indigenous Lands published in 2013 by the University of Minnesota Press.  He was selected to be on a national technical advisory team on greening Indian housing for the HUD Sustainable Construction in Indian Country program and is a regularly invited speaker at conferences and universities. His projects include the University of Montana Payne Family Native American Center, a LEED Platinum project and the Place of Hidden Waters for the Puyallup Tribe, the 2012 LEED for Homes Project of the Year.

Anthony Guzman, Chief Cultural Officer, Native American Health Services (NAHC) is an enrolled Uintah Band member of the Northern Ute Tribe and grew up on the Uintah and Ouray Indian Reservation in Northeastern Utah.  He attended boarding school at Riverside Indian School in Anadarko, Oklahoma, Haskell Indian Nations University in Lawrence, Kansas and earned his Master of Social Work degree in 2006 at the University of Utah.  He has worked with American Indian populations for his entire clinical and administrative career. Currently, Anthony is the Chief Cultural Officer at the Native American Health Center where his is responsible for establishing a culturally dynamic healing framework, advancing responsive holistic approaches to community wellness, and mindfully harmonizing ceremonial practice into patient care. Anthony enjoys creating art, fatherhood, and skateboarding. 

Selina Martinez, Architect in Training, is a member of the Pascua Yaqui Tribe and Xicana born and raised in Phoenix, AZ. In 2022, she led architecture studios at the ASU Design School, integrating the use of 3D laser scanning and indigenous/bioclimatic desert design responses. In 2020, Selina was a recipient of the Radical Imagination grant from the NDN Collective, establishing the seed funding to create Juebenaria, a project focused on providing an evolving collection of a plurality of Yaqui lived experiences through digital media. Selina is also the co-founder and lead instructor for Design Empowerment Phoenix, a program of the Sagrado Galleria in South Phoenix in South Phoenix that creates opportunities for community to engage in design tools and processes.

Richard NeillPhotographer, filmmaker and founding director of Adventure Pictures, has produced films and multimedia projects focused on urban design and architecture which have aired nationally on PBS, National Geographic, and Discovery Channel, with additional projects shown at the Mak Museum, Vienna, the National Building Museum, Washington, D.C. and in film festivals across the country.



Daniel Perez, AIA, NOMA, LEED AP, 2023 AIASF Board President / Principal Studio Perez;  is a California Licensed Architect and holds a Master’s Degree in Architecture from the University of California at Berkeley and a Bachelor of Science in Design from Arizona State University. Daniel grew up in rural Idaho and has a deep appreciation and respect for the natural environment. Studying and working in metropolitan and major US urban centers have informed his practice. Daniel practiced architecture for 15 years in Arizona, New York City and the San Francisco Bay Area prior to starting Studio Perez in 2005. Daniel is currently a board member of AIA San Francisco, serving on Latinx in Architecture Steering Committee,  and former co-chair of the AIASF Mentorship Committee and wholeheartedly advocates for mentorship in the architectural profession.

Patrick Reid Stewart, PhD, Architect AIBC, FRAIC, LEED AP,Patrick R. Stewart Architectsim’oogit saa-bax, is a hereditary chief of wilp daxaan Nisga’a village of Gingolx. He is adjunct professor at McEwen School of Architecture, Board Member for British Columbia/Yukon of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (RAIC) and Chair of the RAIC Governance Committee; Chair of the Indigenous Task Force and Co-Chair of the Truth & Reconciliation Task Force for the RAIC and Chair of the Provincial Indigenous Homelessness Committee in British Columbia, Co-Editor of Our Voices: Indigeneity and Architecture (2018), Our Voices II: the Decolonial Project (2021) and the upcoming Our Voices III: Catalysts for Change; an exhibiting architect with UNCEDED: Voices of the Land (2018 Venice Architecture Biennale), and a Curatorial Member of Architects against housing alienation at the 2023 Venice Architecture Biennale.

Garron Yepa, Assoc. AIA, AICAE, Senior Designer, MASS Design Group, is a Jemez Pueblo and Diné designer who supports reciprocal partnerships to realize essential, innovative, and lasting design solutions. Garronwas born and raised in New Mexico and brings his cultural and regional knowledge to every architectural project. As the son of a Navajo (Diné) mother, and a Jemez Pueblo (Towa) father Garron has a unique perspective on architecture and design. Being a fluent Towa speaker has given him insight into another way of describing the world around him. As a Senior Designer at MASS Design Group, Garron manages projects in the Santa Fe office working in areas that highlight preservation, higher education, and tribal community spaces.



2023 Sponsorship Opportunities Still Available
Join us in being a part of these significant conversations as we journey forward together! Opportunities are available for this Forum which explores themes encompassing the contemporary Native American experience in its historical context, the evolution from Rural to Urban living, and the seamless integration of Indigenous wisdom into modern practices.