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Indigenous Architecture across Abya Yala (Latin America): General Resources


This page provides general resources, including resources related to Indigenous/Native American Studies and Indigenous architecture in North America. Additionally, language resources are provided relating to the communities covered in the LibGuide, as well as information about the speakers for the NOMAS Spring Symposium 2022. 

Language Resources

Please see the following guides created by the Literature & Language Library down below for language learning resources. They include courses, apps for your phone and computer, translation tools, dictionaries, and related sociocultural literature.

Of the many Indigenous languages, their guides focus on resources on Quechua and Aymara/Aimara.

Do also note that many videos on YouTube are now offering translation and closed captioning options. 

Symposium Speakers

Paola Aguirre is the founder of Borderless, urban design and research practice based in Chicago. Paola has been trained as an architect and urban designer, and her professional experience includes working with government, universities and architecture/urban design offices both in Mexico and the United States. She is also founder of Borderless Workshop, a research and collaborative platform focused on rethinking cities among the US-Mexico border region. On that front, she is the creator-producer of Mapeo Workshops that work with multiple universities and students from different programs to research, critically discuss and creatively think about urban challenges using mapping as a main tool. Mapeo works with students, instructors, community members, and guest experts to create conversations, exchange knowledge and ideas through an intense boot-camp format. (From the Borderless website

Liz Gálvez is Mexican-American. She is a registered architect, directs Office e.g. and teaches as a Visiting Critic at the Rice School of Architecture. She received an M.Arch. from Massachusetts Institute of Technology with a concentration in history, theory, and criticism of architecture and a bachelor’s degree in architectural and philosophical studies from Arizona State University. Her work focuses on the interface between architecture, theory and environmentalism through an examination of building technologies. (from Rice School of Architecture website

Office e.g, Liz Gálvez. A Scattered Showroom, Ann Arbor, MI, 2019. In collaboration with Abby Stock, Michael Ferguson, and Valeria De Jongh. Funding courtesy of Kohler Co., NIBCO, and The Taubman College of Architecture and Planning. 

Deborah Garcia is a designer, writer, and curator. She holds a Masters of Architecture from Princeton University and a Bachelors of Architecture from the Southern California Institute of Architecture. She was a recipient of the Princeton University Butler Travelling Fellowship which took her to the corporate agricultural complex of the United States heartland where she was a resident at ARTFarm Nebraska, and was an invited participant for the 2019 Arctic Circle Expedition in the international territory of Svalbard, Norway. She was a co-curator of THE DRAWING SHOW at the A+D Architecture and Design Museum in 2017 and curator of One Night Stand for Art and Architecture-LA in 2016. She is the current Marion Mahony Emerging Practitioner Fellow at the MIT Department of Architecture. (From MIT Department of Architecture website

Francisco Javier Rodríguez-Suárez, FAIA, is the Clayton T. Miers Professor in Architecture and Director of the School of Architecture at the University of Illinois. Professor Rodríguez-Suárez studied architecture at Georgia Tech, Paris, and Harvard GSD, where he earned a Master of Architecture with Distinction winning the American Institute of Architects Medal, the Portfolio Award, and a Fulbright Fellowship. His practice, RSVP Architects, has earned over 10 AIA-PR Awards and Citations and several BIENAL awards in seven different categories. Rodríguez-Suárez is a Fellow of the AIA and was selected by El Nuevo Día newspaper as one of the ten most influential pioneers in Puerto Rico for the year 2008, when he collaborated with artist Ai Wei Wei on the Ordos 100 project in China. He recently finished his term as President of the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA), an organization that had previously recognized him as Distinguished Professor. (From the UIUC School of Architecture website

Resources from the Catalog