Designing for Institutional Inclusion: Indigenous Engagement and Architectural Symbolism


Designing for diversity and inclusion is an architectural practice that centers on engagement and community. Learn from Canadian Wellness Architects how they incorporated Indigenous practices and symbolism to create an institutional space that welcomes, respects and focuses on the Indigenous community’s heritage and culture. Yellowhead Institute is an Indigenous-led research and education centre based at Toronto Metropolitan University. The Institute privileges Indigenous philosophy and amplifies Indigenous voices. Rooted in community networks, Yellowhead offers critical and accessible resources to support the reclamation of Indigenous land and life. Red Studio presents the process and outcomes of the project focusing on narrative, symbolism, material, and programming.


Richelle Sibolboro
Director of Marketing, Red Studio, Ontario, Canada

Denise Santini
Principal, Red Studio Inc Architects, Ontario, Canada

Antonio Santini
Principal, Red Studio, Ontario, Canada


Presentation Type

Paper Presentation in a Themed Session


2023 Special Focus—New Agendas for Design: Principles of Scale, Practices of Inclusion


Indigenous, Design, Architecture, Engagement, Institution, Inclusion, Diversity

Digital Media


Designing for Institutional Inclusion (pdf)