Tamarah Begay Wins ‘Women in Architecture Design Leadership’ Award

October 5, 2021

Headshot of Tamarah BegayCongratulations SA+P faculty member Tamarah Begay, who has been recognized as an Activist in the leadership of architecture and planning nationally by Architectural Record Magazine. She is a recipient of the 2021 Women in Architecture Design Leadership awards, which recognize and promote the role of women in the profession in the U.S. across five categories: Design Leader, New Generation Leader, Innovator, Activist and Educator.

The goal of Begay’s firm, Indigenous Design Studio + Architecture (IDS+A), is to provide sustainable and innovative designs for communities throughout the US with an emphasis on working with Native American Tribes, where she connects culture, language and tradition through design and planning.

Begay teaches in the Architecture Department, including a course she created titled ‘Navajo Design + Planning.’ In addition to her role on the faculty, Begay is also an alumnus of UNM SA+P, receiving a Bachelor of Architecture in 2002 and an M.Arch degree in 2004.

From Architectural Record:
"Now in its eighth year, the award’s winners for 2021 are Design Leader Annabelle Selldorf, New Generation Leader Amanda Williams, Innovator Julie Bargmann, Educator Deborah Berke, and Activist Tamarah Begay. Through their efforts in design and in tackling broader social challenges, these five women have proved to be inspiring leaders in the field of architecture and beyond.

The 2021 winners were chosen by an independent jury of architects: Jing Liu of SO-IL; Tomas Rossant of Ennead; Julie Eizenberg of Koning Eizenberg Architecture; Mark Gardner of Jaklitsch Gardner Architects; and Claire Weisz of WXY Studio. The jury made a point this year of expanding beyond architectural practice to embrace landscape and public art. The awards will be celebrated at a forum and ceremony in New York City on October 21st."

Read more about the award and the upcoming award ceremony at: https://www.architecturalrecord.com/articles/15316-architectural-record-celebrates-the-2021-women-in-architecture-awards