5:30 pm - 8:00 pm (EDT)


  • AIA New York | Center for Architecture
  • 536 LaGuardia Pl
  • New York
  • NY

NYC GSD alumni were invited to  In Conversation with the Land: Two Indigenous Practices. Elisapeta Heta and Chris T Cornelius discussed their experiences as Indigenous designers, comparing and expanding upon their practices and how they seek to change the built environment and embed a stronger relationship to place through their indigenous worldviews. A panel discussion moderated by Zoë Toledo MArch23 followed the presentations.

Opening Remarks were given by AIANY Global Dialogues Committee members: Gregory Haley MAUD98, Andrea Lamberti MArch97, and Betsy Williamson MArch97. 

Chris T Cornelius (citizen of the Oneida Nation of Wisconsin, North America), Professor and Chair of Architecture, University of New Mexico; Principal and Founder, studio:indigenous

Elisapeta Heta (Ngātiwai, Ngāpuhi, Waikato Tainui, Sāmoan, Tokelauan), Principal and Kaihautū Whaihanga (Māori Design Leader), Jasmax

Zoë Toledo MArch ’23 (Citizen of the Navajo Nation)

The event was free for AIANY members and open to the public. Learn more.

Organized by: AIANY Diversity and Inclusion Committee; AIANY Global Dialogues Committee; Rafael Viñoly Architects

Questions? Contact [email protected].