The architecture industry has changed increasingly over the past few decades with a greater reliance on computer software and industrial developments. Arctic communities have also seen an incredible amount of change. As I completed my degrees and entered the work field, it has become more evident on how critical Arctic development will become, but where are the Inuit architects to design the built environment on our homelands?
Traditionally, Indigenous people were the architects of their own communities and in a sense still are. Now with permits, trade credentials and industrialized processes, among other controls, it is challenging of Indigenous communities to gain sovereignty of their own built environment within their own communities.