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Reanna Merasty

Youth – First Nation (2023)

Barren Lands First Nation, MB

Reanna Merasty is changing the architectural landscape – figuratively and literally. From a very young age, learning from her mooshum, she was motivated to reshape conventional colonial design paradigms.

During her undergraduate degree, Reanna co-founded the Indigenous Design and Planning Students Association (IDPSA), a first-of-its-kind organization which is pursuing international collaborations. In 2021, she graduated from the University of Manitoba with a Master’s degree in architecture – the same year she co-edited Voices of the Land: Indigenous Design and Planning from the Prairies.

Reanna is a member of the Climate Action Plan Steering Committee and Indigenous Task Force with the Royal Architecture Institute of Canada, Chair of the Welcoming Winnipeg Committee, and a board member of the design advocacy organization Storefront Manitoba. Currently interning at Number Ten Architectural Group, she also works with One House Many Nations as a research assistant. She has been a peer mentor, believing strongly in the importance of land-based education.

As an artist, writer, and advocate for Indigenous inclusion and representation in design education, Reanna amplifies Indigenous voices and land-based pedagogies in all she does.