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Meet the Lab Residents

Photo Credit: Leanne Nagata.
Photo Credit: Leanne Nagata.

Anjelica S. Gallegos (Santa Ana Pueblo/Jicarilla Apache)

Anjelica S. Gallegos, Jicarilla Apache Nation and Pueblo of Santa Ana, pushes the frontiers of architecture, advancing design and functionality in threatened places like the Southwest and Arctic. Gallegos graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science in Architecture and minor in Photography from the University of Colorado Denver. She will be graduating with her Master of Architecture degree from the Yale School of Architecture in Spring 2021. Gallegos served as an ambassador of President Obama’s Generation Indigenous (Gen-I) initiative, advocating for Indian and environmental priorities at the national level, including at the White House Tribal Nations Conference. She also served the Cumbres and Toltec Scenic Railroad, supporting smart infrastructure development in rural communities. By strengthening connections between physical, structural, and spiritual spaces, Gallegos helps design built and economic environments to energize society and safeguard the natural world.

Photo Credit: Courtesy of Summer Sutton.
Photo Credit: Courtesy of Summer Sutton.

Summer Sutton (Lumbee)

Summer Sutton, Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina, is a doctoral candidate at Yale University and an Assistant Professor of Urban and Regional Planning at Ryerson University in Toronto, Canada. She is a co-founder of the Indigenous Scholars of Architecture, Planning and Design (ISAPD), with work featured in Architectural Digest, ByDesign Magazine, Indian Country Today, Native America Calling, and a co-authored chapter in the award-winning catalogue, Place, Nations, Generations, Beings (2019).

Sutton’s academic research looks at Indigenous architecture practices of marking and stewardship in the contemporary built environment. Her work illuminates the design practices that both contest and contend with fixed notions of architecture and planning through development projects for community governance, education, and economic development on Indigenous land. 

In 2019-2020, Sutto was a visiting studio instructor at the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) School of Architecture. From 2013 to 2016, she was an Assistant Professor of Architecture at the American University in Dubai and a Visiting Assistant Professor of Architecture at Texas Tech University in 2010. She holds a Master’s of Philosophy from Yale University, a Master’s Degree in Architecture from MIT, and a B.Arch from Cornell University.


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