We’re at the Indian Community School of Milwaukee,
which is actually located in Franklin, on a campus that is a little over a hundred acres.
And the students that come here have native ancestry. In 2003 I asked to be apart of the
design team. To me it was important that I thought about architecture being apart of
culture. And culture being intergrated into buildings. Specifically my own culture, American
Indian culture. I grew up on the Oneida reservation near Green Bay, I’m from Wisconsin. Went to
undergraduate in architecture at UWM. There are very few Native American architects, as
far as architectural professers go that’s an even smaller group. I try to integrate
culture into my work, both for American Indian clients and non-American Indian clients. I
think it’s important that the buildings reflect their place and the people that use them.
I am Chris Cornelius an enrolled member of the Oneida Nation of Wisconsin and associate
professor of architecture at UWM.