Holly Monkman is a Plains Cree member of Peguis First Nation in Southern Manitoba. She obtained a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Visual Studies from the University of Calgary and completed a year of Architectural Studies at the University of Kent in the UK. Holly is currently a design intern at Brook McIlroy while she works towards completing her Post Baccalaureate degree in Urban and Regional Planning at Ryerson University. Through her studies, she has gained skills in the drafting of secondary plans, project management, and developing urban design recommendations for clients.
Through her education, travels, and observation of the built environment, Holly has developed an interest in Indigenous design and placemaking in the urban landscape, understanding its potential to empower Indigenous communities while strengthening ties to her own heritage.
Since relocating to Toronto, Holly has worked as Research Assistant for the +Together Design lab at Ryerson. This position has offered insight into Indigenous policy development and housing design in Ontario, in addition to providing experience in community consultation with members of Nishnawbe Aski Nation. At Brook McIlroy, Holly has worked as an integral part of the Indigenous Design Studio, contributing to projects including the George Street Public Realm and the Indigenous Centre for Innovation and Entrepreneurship at the City of Toronto.