The Kayanase Studio is a partnership initiative between the University of Waterloo School of Architecture and Kayanase, a not-for-profit organization on the Six Nations of the Grand River First Nations Reserve.
Working closely with the local community, Waterloo architecture students are designing and building a craft pavilion in which artisans from Six Nations can share and pass on traditional making techniques. Kayanase’s program is focused on children between grades 4 and 9, but promotes cultural heritage awareness for visitors of all ages and backgrounds.
DesignBuild programs offer both experiential and collaborative learning, allowing students the chance to develop group consensus techniques while working directly with community members, along with the great benefit of hands-on learning through making. The chance to work with a First Nations community gives architecture students a special opportunity to gain insight and understanding of a distinct local culture and we invite you to help support us with a donation of material, services, or funding.