The first woman in the Navajo nation to become a registered architect, Begay founded the Indigenous Design Studio + Architecture nine years ago and works with with Native American tribes to connect culture, language and tradition through design and planning. She also teaches at the School of Architecture and Planning at the University of New Mexico.
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. For more information and to register, click here.