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Indigenous Design Studio

The Indigenous Design Studio is led by Principal Ryan Gorrie and brings together a team of Indigenous architects, landscape architects, planners, and designers, who provide full design and planning services that restore Indigenous presence to our communities and landscapes. Team members come from diverse Indigenous backgrounds and traditions and take a deep interest in cultural research and the exploration of how Indigenous cultures and innovative sustainable design practices find expression in contemporary place-keeping and place-making. Strengths of the studio include culture-specific engagement, strategy, programming, and inspired design within a highly collaborative culture.
The Studio is situated within Brook McIlroy’s three offices and ensures that projects involving Indigenous content, undertaken by the Indigenous Design Studio/Brook McIlroy team, are led by Indigenous professionals. The combined critical mass of our team of 30 practitioners allows us to magnify the impact of Indigenous-led design and planning and we strive in all of our projects to advocate for meaningful Indigenous content and rights-recognition.
The studio’s culture is energized by internships offered to Indigenous youth and through collaboration with other Indigenous practitioners. Brook McIlroy is the first design practice in Canada certified under the Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business’s Progressive Aboriginal Relations (PAR) program and in 2020 achieved its highest ‘Gold’ level of certification.