UAA Native Arts Center

Anchorage, Alaska

Art and culture connect.

Our staff collaborated with prominent Alaskan artist Alvin Amason to create a dynamic concept for UAA’s Native Arts Program. Inspired by the traditional native boat and long house construction combined with the cultural importance of whales, the new instructional workshop was a dynamic intervention bringing the power of the Alaskan landscape and culture together in a structure that was wholly contemporary, yet responsive to the history and values of students, faculty, and community.

The central space was a collaborative learning environment that combined learning-by-doing with traditional instruction methods. Flooded with natural light year round, the Arts Center was designed to give this important program a new presence and identity on campus.