CHRIS T. CORNELIUS

studio:indigenous

SAY IT LOUD - SXSW

SAY IT LOUD(ER) - SXSW

SAY IT LOUD - A'19 Exhibitor

Wisconsin Based Designer

Who or what inspires you professionally?

Indigenous culture

CHRIS T. CORNELIUS

Bio:

Chris Cornelius, a citizen of the Oneida Nation of Wisconsin. He is the founding principal of studio:indigenous, a design and consulting practice serving indigenous clients. Chris is an Associate Professor of Architecture at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. He has received numerous awards and honors including an Artist in Residence Fellowship from the National Museum of the American Indian. Chris’ work has been exhibited widely including the 2018 Venice Architecture Biennale.

How did you first learn about architecture and when did you decide that built environment profession was an area of interest for you?

Age 14. wanted to make the reservation a better place

What do you do?

Professor designer

What excites you in the work you do?

Working for indigenous people and culture

Who or what inspires you professionally?

Indigenous culture

What is your proudest professional accomplishment or achievement?

Venice Biennalle

Featured Project Name: 

Trickster

 

Featured Project Location: 

Sheboygan, WI

 

Featured Project Completion Date: 

August 2018

Role in Featured Project: 

Designer, Fabricator

 

Featured Project Description:

Trickster is an installation made of wood harvested on-site and patinated copper mesh. It was completed as a residency at the children’s literature garden, Bookworm Gardens in Sheboygan, WI. The trickster plays an important role in indigenous storytelling. They are not Human. They are often of animal form and/or natural phenomena. They teach us to free our minds of all that complicates this world. They teach us about our own flaws and human-centered thinking. They do not make sense or seek purpose.

Photography Credit:

Tom Harris Photography

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