Danielle Desjarlais is a Cree member of Peguis First Nation. She completed her degree in Environmental Design at the University of Manitoba, where she is currently pursuing a Master of Architecture. She has been a key member of Brook McIlroy’s architectural design team for two years, and has extensive experience in the design of a range of project types with a particular focus on educational facilities. Danielle has been immersed in project types from large-scale institutional renovations to Indigenous graphic patterns. Her work draws on regional influences, culture, and relevant histories, as well as in-depth consultation with clients to identify user needs that inform design.
Being a member of Peguis First Nation, Danielle is confident in her sense of identity as an Indigenous woman. She believes that it is valuable to feature and share the pride of Indigenous culture through the built environment. While working at Brook McIlroy as an Architectural Designer, her key experience includes the design for the Awen’ Indigenous Gathering Place in Collingwood, Humber College Indigenous Cultural Markers, Algonquin College Institute for Indigenous Entrepreneurship and Rainy River High School. Danielle has a valuable awareness of the challenges that Indigenous communities face, and with her experience and knowledge, she hopes to gradually aid and improve these conditions.