The University of New Mexico (UNM) has appointed Chris Cornelius as the new Chair in the Department of Architecture. As a prominent advocate of the awareness of the connection between architecture and culture, especially Indian culture, Cornelius will take over the role on November 1st, 2021.
As a registered member of the Oneida Nation of Wisconsin, Cornelius is also the founding director of studio: indigenous, a design office that serves Native American customers. Back in 2017, on the occasion of Indigenous Peoples Day, Archinect included Cornelius’ office in a list of our preferred contemporary practices under the direction of indigenous architects.
His work has received numerous honors, including a Smithsonian Institution Artist in Residence Fellowship from the National Museum of the American Indian in 2003 and the 2017 Miller Prize from Exhibit Columbus. He was also part of a group of indigenous architects who represented Canada at the 2018 Venice Biennale.
Cornelius has been a faculty member in the Department of Architecture at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee since 2004 and was appointed Louis I. Kahn Visiting Assistant Professor of Architectural Design at Yale University in 2021. He previously taught at the University of Virginia, where he holds a Master of Architecture. Along with his academic credentials, Cornelius has also gained international recognition for this design work, including his Radio Free Alcatraz drawings examining the occupation of Alcatraz Island in San Francisco Bay from 1969 to 1971.
The appointment of Cornelius is the latest in a series of new messages from the University of New Mexico. In July, we reported on news that Studio Ma had been selected to lead the design for the expansion of the university’s College of Fine Arts. Also in July, the UNM’s Dean of Architecture and Planning, Robert Alexander González, was announced as the new President of the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA).
In June, during an event hosted by the UNM School of Architecture and Planning to mark Antonie Predock’s 85th birthday, Albuquerque Mayor Tim Keller declared the 24th