National Museum of the American Indian

Submitted by Ramona Sakiestewa

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Client: Smithsonian Institution

Location: Washington, DC, United States

Completion date: 2004

Artwork budget: $5,000,000

Project Team

Architect

Polshek and Associates

Architect

SmithGroup

Architect

Jones and Jones

Artist

Ramona Sakiestewa

Overview

Create a design vocabulary representing five hundred tribes from the Arctic to Tierra del Fuego. $240 million project (including the new building).

Goals

The goals were for any tribe to see something of themselves in the building and site.

Process

I worked with three architectural firms and twenty-three subconsultants over the course of ten years.