Image Courtesy of Chris Cornelius

Summer Institute II: Indigenous Architectures | Lecture by Chris Cornelius

Tuesday, August 13, 2019 – 6pm

Plug In Institute of Contemporary Art | 1, 460 Portage Ave | Winnipeg MB | Canada

Plug In ICA was pleased to present a public lecture by acclaimed architect Chris Cornelius in conjunction with the Summer Institute II: Indigenous Architectures.* Cornelius spoke about timeless Indigenous values in contemporary architecture. His work posits Indigenous design methodologies as tools to de-colonize design. Specifically, Cornelius spoke about his recent architectural installations that serve as Indigenous land acknowledgements.

Chris Cornelius is a citizen of the Oneida Nation of Wisconsin and an Associate Professor of Architecture at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. He is the founding principal of studio:indigenous, a design practice serving Indigenous clients. Cornelius was a collaborating designer with Antoine Predock on the Indian Community School of Milwaukee, and is the recipient of numerous awards and honors, including the inaugural Miller Prize from Exhibit Columbus, a 2018 Architect’s Newspaper Best of Design Award, and an artist residency from the National Museum of the American Indian. Cornelius has exhibited widely, including at the 2018 Venice Architecture Biennale.

*Our 2019 Summer Institute II: Indigenous Architectures was led by Joar Nango, who is joined by Lorraine Albert, Carrie Allison, Albyn Carias, Julie Gendron, Alicia Marie Lawrence, David Peters, and Evan Taylor for a collaborative two week session focused on Indigenous architectures, foregrounding Indigenous approaches to design and alternative models of social space.

All events are free to the public!


Plug In Institute of Contemporary Art recognizes we are in the territories of the Anishinaabeg, Cree, Dakota, Dene, Métis, and Oji-Cree Nations. Plug In ICA is situated in Treaty 1 territory, the ancestral and traditional homeland of Anishinaabe peoples. Treaty 1 was signed in 1871, taking this territory from seven local Anishinaabe First Nations in order to make the land available for settler use and ownership (Referenced from the University of Winnipeg).

Our Summer Institute is generously supported by the RBC Foundation and Johnston Group.

Plug In ICA extends gratitude to our artists, generous donors, valued members and dedicated volunteers, with special thanks to our Director’s Circle.

We gratefully acknowledge the support of the Canada Council for the Arts, the Manitoba Arts Council and Winnipeg Arts Council. We could not operate without their continued financial investment and lobbying efforts.