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AICAE Open House at A’19!

Are you attending the AIA Conference on Architecture in Las Vegas?

Meet us at A’19: The American Indian Council of Architects & Engineers is hosting an Open House & Networking Hour at the AIA Conference on Architecture 2019 on Thursday, June 6th from 11:00am-12:00pm at the Las Vegas Convention Center Room N236. If you are attending A’19, we invite our members to join us for the event. We encourage you to please share this notice with other interested folks who plan on attending. The fuller the house the better!

For more information, visit our Facebook Event link here:

Visit Our Booth: Bring yourself, your colleagues, friends, and relatives! We will have a booth setup (#2131) at the A’19 Architecture Expo. Come by and talk with AICAE Leadership and meet our members!

For inquiries, please email:


We are excited about the opportunity to have a strong presence this year and in future AIA events.

Job Advertisement: Marketing and Project Development Coordinator

Position: Marketing and Project Development Coordinator (ALBUQUERQUE, NM)

About the Position: IDS+A is looking for a full-time Marketing and Project Development Coordinator who is ready to join our collaborative studio environment. We are looking for a talented individual who can take the lead, but also be a team player. The Marketing and Project Development Coordinator is responsible for three substantial areas: business development, project pursuits, and elevating our presence as a leader in the Native and non-Native Architecture community. The position directly influences the firm’s operation and overall success. Effective communication, accountability, dedication, and a strong commitment is essential. Experience with tribal, community projects is preferred as our projects involve skill in project coordination and working closely with native communities.

For more information on this solicitation, please download the full advertisement here: POSITION ADVERTISEMENT

For inquiries, please email:

About our Firm: Indigenous Design Studio + Architecture (IDS+A) was founded in 2012 and is 100% Native Woman owned. Indigenous Design Studio provides unique, sustainable and innovative designs, with a focus on Native American Tribes. At IDS+A we work on an exciting range of architectural and planning projects with opportunities for growth and innovation. Our market sectors include commercial office (mixed-use), single and multifamily residential, government and interiors projects. Our primary disciplines include Architecture, Project Management, Building Research, Interior Design and Master Planning. We offer a competitive compensation package with medical benefits, matching employer sponsored retirement plan, performance bonuses and flexible work schedules. IDS+A has a supportive work environment which promotes personal and professional growth.

AICAE would like to encourage our members to please forward this announcement to other interested individuals.

AICAE 2019 Happy New Year!

Congratulations to the many achievements of our AICAE members this past year! We are very excited to take on the New Year. We look forward to your continued support of the American Indian Council of Architects and Engineers. We will continue to promote the development of indigenous people in design professions. We wish you all of the best in your pursuits and experiences for 2019. May we take on this year together!

Please visit our Facebook to read about our recent accomplishments and several events we have been proud to take part in 2018.


AICAE 2018 Winter Solstice Greetings


Winter Solstice Greetings! (December 21st, 2018) Today marks the first day of winter as well as the solstice, a sacred day in many indigenous cultures. As we celebrate the passing of the shortest day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere, we look forward to spending time with our families and loved ones. Traditionally, this has been a time of storytelling and gathering in long winter nights during which gifts and knowledge can be shared. We hope that your winter season is full of joy, love and beauty.

During this time of year, the two light daggers frame the spiral petroglyph atop Fajada Butte in Chaco Canyon, NM. Indigenous master builders marked this moment annually with the placement of large tablature stones to ensure the timely occurrence, a practice many contemporaries incorporate into their designs today. As we take a moment to reflect on the knowledge amassed and handed down by our ancestors, we appreciate their presence and honor this traditional knowledge.

AICAE would like to thank all of our members and supporters for sharing their wisdom this year and we wish continued success in the coming year.


2018 AICAE Conference Wrap Up

Thank you attendees and speakers! Thank you to everyone who attended this year’s AICAE conference.  We had a jam packed conference, and heard from a variety of speakers about the many aspects of the built environment.  From procurement to art, from Insulated Concrete Forms to lab design, the presentations this year had something for everyone. We had a great host in Blue Star Integrative Studio Inc. who facilitated a great conference and picked a great facility to host us, River Spirit Casino Tulsa. We had a few new faces that we look forward to learning from. We have some great momentum for the coming year and look forward to continued participation with the guidance of new leadership.  Keep an eye out for upcoming improvements to the website and we encourage everyone to invite new members to our growing organization.

Special thanks to our lunch presentation sponsors:
Fox Blocks Industrial Strength Insulated Concrete Forms represented by Randy Daniels, Manager and CRUX Solutions, Inc. represented by Drew Deatherage, Vice President and Co-Founder.

Additionally, thank you Edith Baker and Paula Andrews from MCN Contracting & Employment Support Office (CESO) for representing the host nation, Muscogee (Creek) Nation.


AICAE is proud to announce that at the Annual AISES (American Indian Science and Engineering Society) Conference in Phoenix, AZ during November of 2015 we signed another important MOU. The term of the MOU is three years and the MOU recognizes our desire to work with AISES to help support both building and supporting a pipeline of Indigenous students and professionals in the Engineering, Architecture, Design, Landscape Architecture, Construction, Planning and other allied Fields.

The MOU includes an agreement to cooperate and facilitate contacts between members of the two groups. Activities in which AISES local components and AICAE chapters may cooperate include working cooperatively to fundraise for one or both organizations; developing projects in support of American Indian students; and rebuilding underrepresented communities. AICAE and the AISES will discuss opportunities for reciprocal membership and/or joint membership promotion opportunities. The two groups will also provide limited reciprocal conference registrations, membership support, exhibition space, digital communication support, participation support in national and regional leadership opportunities. The Intent of the MOU is to help both groups further their goals to support increasing the number and level of participation of Native peoples in the allied design and STEM fields.

The signing of this MOU builds on our momentum from the signing of an MOU with the National AIA in June of 2015 and furthers our desire to work cooperatively with other groups who can help us provide the best service to our members.


Shown in the photo above:

Front Row (L-R) AICAE President Beverly Diddy and AISES Chief Executive Officer Sarah Echohawk

Back Row (L-R) AICAE Secretary Tammy Eagle Bull, AISES Chair of the Board of Directors Richard Stephens, AICAE Vice President Michael Laverdure, and Lynn Paxson.

Honoring Johnpaul Jones

At the Annual AICAE meeting in Minneapolis (May 2015), the members of the AICAE honored one of our own, Johnpaul Jones, with a beaded Eagle Feather in recognition of services to Native Americans, the preservation of our cultures, arts, and especially for honoring the natural world and indigenous traditions in architecture, creating spaces worthy of the cultures they reflect, the communities they serve, and the environments they inhabit. He will uphold and protect the honor of possessing this symbol that has been bestowed on him by an Elder of the American Indian Council of Architects and Engineers and as an enrolled member of a Federally recognized tribe.



Shown in the photo above:

Herb Fricke, Lynn Paxson, Robert Outland and Johnpaul Jones