Joseph Kunkel
Santo Domingo Housing Authority and the Sustainable Native Communities Collaborative
Santo Domingo


“Being of First Nations people, I have seen firsthand the built environment on my reservation, and the effects it can have on a community. While I am extremely grateful for the opportunities available to me in the mainstream architectural industry, I feel that I can be more effective in an environment that builds on my skills and knowledge base within tribal communities. The Enterprise Rose Architectural Fellowship lends me these opportunities.”

Hosted by Santo Domingo Tribal Housing Authority and Sustainable Native Communities Collaborative in Santo Domingo, N.M., Joseph works with New Mexico’s Santo Domingo Pueblo in design and planning, as well as expanding national dialog through Enterprise’s Sustainable Native Communities Collaborative. He brings his background in master planning, design for education facilities and mixed-use development, coupled with his investment in native American Indian/tribal communities to his fellowship work.

At Santo Domingo Pueblo, he is involved in an array of projects including development of a Master Plan for the Santo Domingo Pueblo, rehabilitation of 14 homes in the historic village core, and a Historic Village assessment. Working with the Sustainable Native Communities Collaborative, Joseph has documented exemplary and best practices in tribal housing nationwide. He is developing an online tool to support and guide tribal housing authorities in the development process, and provides on-demand technical assistance to tribal housing authorities and tribal communities across the country.

Joseph graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Hartford with a Bachelor of Science in Architectural Engineering in 2006, and from the University of Maryland in 2009 with a focus in Urban Design from the University of Maryland. His independent research and teachings revolve around the cultural implications of design in Native American communities. Joseph was awarded the Alpha Rho Chi Medal for Leadership, Service, and Professional Merit and an IBM Technology Innovation Award in collaboration with the Maryland Urban Research Studio. Prior to his fellowship, Joseph was a designer with Ayers Saint Gross Architects in Washington, D.C. and worked with tribes in Canada’s Yukon and native peoples in La Paz, Bolivia, as well as on complex planning projects worldwide.

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