Canadian architect Patrick Stewart, of the Nisga'a, a First Nation in northwestern British Columbia, is the featured speaker in the Indigenous Architecture lecture series on Monday, Sept. 20 from 5:30 – 6:45 p.m. in Pearl Auditorium.
Stewart works with elders and archeologists to apply their knowledge to contemporary structures. His presentation is "The Use of Traditional Knowledge in Design." The lecture is free and open to the public.
Stewart has operated his own full-service architectural firm since 1995. He is president of the National Aboriginal Housing Association (NAHA) in Canada. He has been chair of the Aboriginal Homelessness Steering Committee (AHSC) for Metro Vancouver since 2005. Stewart is a past-president of the Architectural Institute of British Columbia (AIBC), and founding president of Tawaak Housing in Halifax, Nova Scotia. He is a director of a First Nations resource development corporation, Nass Valley Gateway and a member of the editorial advisory committee for Architecture BC Magazine.
Stewart is completing doctoral studies at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada. His research is titled, Architecture Of Displacement: First Nations Residential Schools In Canada.
Stewart has written for Architecture BC, Canadian Architect and City Magazine. He has been featured in the Vancouver Sun, The Globe and Mail, Native Peoples Magazine and the award winning film documentaries, Aboriginal Architecture (2005) and, Something to eat, a place to sleep and someone who gives a damn (2008) a film on homelessness.
Stewart lives on Tzeachten First Nation near Chilliwack, British Columbia with his wife, Cree fashion designer, Linda LaVallee. Their blended family includes seven children.