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, 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.
Master of Architecture, 2000, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Virginia
Bachelor of Science in Architectural Studies, 1996, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Architectural Translation of American Indian Culture
Arch 390/790 Visible Certainty
Arch 820 Graduate Arch Design II
Arch 825 Solar Decathlon
Arch 825 Liminal Space
Indian Community School of Milwaukee (ICS): Cultural consultant and design collaborator with Antoine Predock
Oneida Elder Apartments and Elder Servies: Project Designer while working at Hammel, Green and Abrahamson
Onedia Community Health Center: Project Designer while working at Hammel, Green and Abrahamson