Joseph Kunkel | Bridging Boundaries in Native and non-Native Communities



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

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.

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