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 three 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 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, she has played a key role in the Indigenous Design Studio on several notable projects, including the Awen’ Gathering Place in Collingwood, the Indigenous Cultural Markers at Humber College, the Institute for Indigenous Entrepreneurship at Algonquin College, and Rainy River High School.