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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 Indi… Read More
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 2009 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 including a 2013 Award of Excellence in the Observational Category from the American Society of Architectural Illustrators. He is the winner of the 2012 Richard B. Ferrier Prize for Best Physical Delineation in the 2012 KRob Architectural Delineation Competition. Cornelius received an Artist in Residence Fellowship from the National Museum of the American Indian, Smithsonian Institution where he created a visual translation of the Oneida cosmology. His other honors include selection to the Milwaukee Business Journal’s Forty under 40, and a Graduate of the Last Decade (GOLD) award from the UWM Alumni Association. He also led a studio that won a NCARB Prize in 2007 for the design of affordable, sustainable, modular housing. Professor Cornelius teaches at the undergraduate and graduate levels. He also teaches a seminar course on visual thinking and mapping. Read Less
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