Joseph Kunkel, Executive Director, is a Northern Cheyenne Tribal Member. He is a community designer and educator working on building capacity in Indian Country. As an Enterprise Rose Architectural Fellow, Joseph worked directly with the Sustainable Native Communities Collaborative (SNCC), and the Santo Domingo Tribal Housing Authority (SDTHA). His most recent work with SNCC has been to research and share exemplary Native American Indian housing projects and processes nationwide and build and develop emerging best practices, which has lead to the development of an online Health Homes Road Map for affordable housing development in Indian Country, all funded by HUD’s Policy, Development, and Research Office. His professional career has centered on community-based design, ranging from material research and fabrication, to community-based planning, design and development. At the SDTHA Joseph assisted with the planning and development of a 41 unit Low-Income-Housing-Tax-Credit development, along with leading the housing comprehensive master plan, which started with an Our Town grant funded by the National Endowments for the Arts, and has led to an ArtPlace America grant award. This award will fund multiple arts project tying together two new affordable housing developments on the Santo Domingo Pueblo.
Core Practices: Culturally appropriate design, community engagement, healthy housing design, design thinking, capacity building, urban mapping and wayfinding design, native-to-place architecture, master and comprehensive planning.
Nathaniel Corum, Design Director, is an architect and educator who has worked with SNCC, Indigenous Community Enterprises, Red Feather, and Architecture for Humanity on housing and community initiatives and to develop and research appropriate architectural, planning and materials solutions for diverse international and tribal projects. As a former Fulbright Scholar and Senior ECPA (Energy and Climate Partnership of the Americas) Fellow, he’s pursued continuing research and practice in culturally-appropriate regenerative design. His work with SNCC has included showcasing exemplary Native American housing nationwide through case studies research and documentary production, and collaboration with diverse communities on housing, planning and community facilities. Alongside these initiatives, Corum has leveraged over 400 students from some 20 design programs in real-world, hands-on workshops that complement the efforts of professional project teams in diverse public-interest design situations. Nathaniel’s design work and process has been widely published and included in several international exhibitions. Nathaniel holds an undergraduate degree from Stanford University and a Master of Architecture from the University of Texas at Austin. He is the recipient of a Rose Architectural Fellowship and author of “Building a Straw Bale House” from Princeton Architectural Press.
Core Practices: Environmentally regenerative architecture, community engagement, participatory architecture, community master planning, workshop facilitation, technical assistance training, documentary research, and green building systems technology.
Ray Demers, Technical Associate, is a Senior Program Director with Enterprise Community Partners. He co-led the technical team updating the 2015 Green Communities Criteria – a national green building standard developed exclusively for affordable housing. Ray delivers technical trainings and works with policymakers to advocate for equitable development practices. He supports Enterprise Solutions work nationally by researching, incubating, and piloting emerging information technology systems to increase impact. Prior to joining Enterprise, He worked at Erdy McHenry Architecture in Philadelphia and as a project manager at Harvey Construction Corporation in Manchester, NH. Ray has a Master’s degree in Architecture from the University of Pennsylvania and a Bachelor of Arts degree in History from Lehigh University.
Core Practices: Community engagement, participatory design process, architectural design and planning, regenerative research and site design, architectural and environmental education, community design facilitation, technical assistance training, and building systems technology.
Daniel Glenn, Senior Design Associate, is an architect and educator with thirty years of experience in the design and teaching of affordable, sustainable, and culturally responsive architecture in urban and rural environments across the United States. He is the Principal of 7 Directions Architects/Planners, PLLC, an Indian-owned design A/E firm based in Seattle, WA, and has taught architecture at Arizona State University, the University of Washington, and Montana State University. He has provided technical assistance and trainings for green housing to tribes throughout the country through the HUD Sustainable Construction in Indian Country Initiative, the Sustainable Native Communities Collaborative, and the Enterprise Community Partners Rural and Native American Initiative. Mr. Glenn, who is from the Crow Tribe of Montana, designed the Crow Nation’s Little Big Horn College Campus, featured in the documentary film, Aboriginal Architecture Living Architecture. He has designed several LEED projects, including the LEED for Homes Gold Guadalupe House, LEED for Homes Platinum Puyallup Place of Hidden Waters and the University of Montana’s Payne Family Native American Center in Missoula. Daniel has a B.Arch. from Montana State University and a Masters of Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Four of his projects are featured in the book, New Architecture on Indigenous Lands.
Core Practices: Culturally responsive design, community engagement, participatory design process, affordable housing design, community master planning, campus design, community design facilitation, technical assistance training, and green building systems technology.
Chloe Hanna-Korpi, Design Associate, is a public interest designer with a focus on community outreach and engagement. Key to her development in this field, was her service in the Peace Corps as a rural health volunteer in a remote mountain village of El Salvador where her work focused on youth development, maternal health and improving community organization. Chloe’s Peace Corps experience ignited a passion for engaging timid community members through creative expression. She brought this passion into her studies at the University of Cincinnati, where her Master of Architecture thesis focused on prototyping a simple how-to-guide and interactive model that walk community groups through the design process. Chloe is particularly passionate about working with youth and recently became a Teaching Artist with Youth Art Exchange, which involves teaching a rigorous after school Introduction to Architecture and Construction course to public high school students in San Francisco.
Core Practices: Community outreach, participatory design process, low income housing design, community master planning, campus design, home health and resiliency training, capacity building, information gathering through creative expression.
Mayrah Udvardi, Technical Associate, is fascinated with the way the built environment creates injustices in developing areas around the world. She grew up in Australia, Germany, and the US, a background which gave her insight into the ways in which place and identity coalesce. Mayrah has helped lead campaigns at the grassroots level ranging from an EPA-funded pilot program to generate energy independence in Corvallis, OR to campus sustainability at Wellesley College, MA to internal displacement in Bangalore, India. Her passion for addressing housing and livelihood insecurities through design emerged during her three years with Enterprise Design Initiatives. She has since conducted two rigorous studies of spatial injustice: her undergraduate thesis addressed the ways in which urban design plays into environmental degradation and injustice in Bangalore. After graduation, she used drawing and mapping to record how indigenous peoples around the world struggle to sustain their homes, first through the Watson Traveling Fellowship and later for an Urban-Think Tank project called Empower Shack. Mayrah looks forward to continuing these types of investigations through her Masters of Architecture at Columbia University.
Core Practices: Community engagement, visual journaling, cultural and environmental impact assessment, culturally responsive design, resiliency modeling,