Eva Johnston-Iafelice’s experience is in facilitating processes, and developing design concepts which honour and celebrate the culture and communities of Indigenous Peoples. Her previous work with the Dokis community in 2014, working with Lumos Energy, granted her insight and experience in working with First Nations Communities on projects with a strong environmental ethic and outcome.
Her thesis completed in May 2016 was to capture Algonquin culture by creating functional design elements which can be integrated into the built environment. The built environment includes everything from landscape to buildings (and architecture), to renewable energy facilities and traditional lands. These components were showcased in the design of a community centre. This project provides opportunities for Algonquin communities to celebrate their history and expand their future.
Eva feels it is imperative in architecture and life to respect and understand other cultures in relation to their environment.
Eva’s formal education includes a Bachelor of Architecture from Carleton University, Ottawa and a Masters of Science in Architecture from Tampere University of Technology, Finland. Eva credits that her most important learning took place working with the Chiefs, Elders, Council and Youth of the Dokis and the Kitigan Zibi Anishinabeg First Nation (KZA).