Dani Kastelein is an architectural designer within the Indigenous Design Studio at Brook McIlroy. They are a registered citizen with the Métis Nation of Ontario, and hold kinship ties that extend from the Red River to the surrounding regions of Georgian Bay as a Drummond Island descendent (Aabitaawizininiwag). Dani has experience working as an architectural designer with Patrick R. Stewart of the Nisga’a Nation, and as a sessional instructor at the University of Waterloo School of Architecture in Cambridge, Ontario. During their studies, they have worked as a teaching assistant in the University of Waterloo’s Summer Studio, and as a research assistant for David Fortin at the McEwen School of Architecture.
Dani earned a Master of Architecture degree in the Collaborative Water Program at the University of Waterloo School of Architecture and holds a Bachelor of Architectural Studies from McEwen School of Architecture. Dani is active in the academic community as a published researcher and lecturer, and has been recognized through many awards for academic excellence during their bachelor and master’s architectural programs. Dani is currently residing in Block 2 of the Haldimand Tract, land that was promised to Six Nations of the Grand River.