Lecture by Chris Cornelius
November 16, 2017

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Indian Community School of Milwaukee Sweatlodge Changing Room, Franklin, Wisconsin, 2014 © Nick Zukauskas. Courtesy of studio:indigenous


Thursday, November 16, 2017. Event starts at 6 pm.
$10 suggested donation at the door.


Architect and professor Chris Cornelius, founding principal of studio:indigenous, will lecture on Thursday, November 16, as part of MAS Context’s 2017 Fall Talks series. The lecture will take place at Studio Gang Architects (1520 W Division St, Chicago, IL 60642).




During his presentation, professor Cornelius will be speaking about how he incorporates timeless indigenous thinking in contemporary architecture. Chris’s work posits indigenous design thinking can be a tool to fight colonization.

In 2017, the project Wiikiaami by studio:indigenous was one of the five installations awarded the J. Irwin & Xenia S. Miller Prize. The project will be installed at Eliel Saarinen’s First Christian Church in Columbus, Indiana, as part of Exhibit Columbus.


MAS Context is supported by a grant by the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts and by private donations. For information about how to support MAS Context, please visit: www.mascontext.com/support




Associate Professor Chris Cornelius, an enrolled member of the Oneida Nation of Wisconsin, focuses his research and practice on the architectural translation of culture; in particular, American Indian culture. He is the founding principal of studio:indigenous, a design and consulting practice serving American Indian clients. He recently served as a cultural consultant and design collaborator with Antoine Predock on the Indian Community School of Milwaukee (ICS). ICS won the AIA Design Excellence award from the Committee on Architecture for Education. Cornelius holds a Master of Architecture degree from the University of Virginia and a Bachelor of Science in Architectural Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. He has previously taught at the University of Virginia. Chris is the recipient of numerous awards and honors. He received the inaugural J. Irwin and Xenia S. Miller Prize. Other awards include, an Artist in Residence Fellowship from the National Museum of the American Indian, Smithsonian Institution; multiple wins in the Ken Roberts Architectural Delineation Competition (KRob). He also led a studio that won a NCARB Prize in for the design of affordable, sustainable, modular housing. Professor Cornelius teaches at the undergraduate and graduate levels including a seminar course on visual thinking and mapping.


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Wiikiaami, 2017 J. Irwin & Xenia S. Miller Prize Winner, Columbus, Indiana, 2017 © studio:indigenous


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Indian Community School of Milwaukee, Franklin, Wisconsin, 2007 © Timothy Hursley. Courtesy of studio:indigenous

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