Through her Fellowship, Alicia hopes to work with REDCO to be part of creating tangible models, guidelines, and prototypes that can reinvent and redirect the current siloed system of housing in the Rosebud community. She looks forward to the challenge of defining and exploring ideas around meaningful and culturally-relevant design while prioritizing REDCO’s goal of designing and thinking seven generations to the future. She will work beyond band-aid solutions; to empower the community to challenge the status quo and address the roots of systemic injustices.
During Alicia’s Fellowship, she will help to further develop and refine the plan for Key Wakpala Waicageyapi (KWW), REDCO’s 590-acre green development that will encourage community resilience, provide affordable housing, promote traditional culture, language, and familial tribal structure. Through this process, she will assist with the creation of local sustainable community design guidelines, resources, and multiple culturally relevant housing prototypes that may be used throughout the Rosebud community and serve as a resource and model for other tribal communities nationwide. She will use her practical and academic experiences in design, construction, and community engagement work to integrate REDCO’s cultural, social, and environmental sustainability goals at KWW.
Alicia hopes her work as a Fellow with help coalesce and direct the ideas and energy behind the KWW project and take it to the next level of planning and development. Through understanding and researching the local natural resources and the knowledge and skills available in the community, she also thinks we can work as a team to create culturally-relevant housing prototypes. Through this process she hopes REDCO can better understand and refine economic models needed for home building and ownership on the reservation. She also hopes her work as a Fellow will contribute to the evolving relationship between REDCO and its potential collaborators and contributors. Ideally, this work can stimulate and demonstrate refined ways to effectively implement rural and tribal housing and community development initiatives.
Alicia received her B.Arch with minors in Ethnic Studies, Planning, and Sustainable Environment from California Polytechnic State University and holds SEED certification and a Permaculture Design Certificate from the Permaculture Research Institute. She designed the built the first permitted light-straw clay structure in Eugene, Oregon, which was implemented at Emerald Village Eugene.