Faculty of Architecture, Department of Architecture
Price Faculty of Engineering
201H John A. Russell Building
84 Curry Place, University of Manitoba (Fort Garry Campus)
Winnipeg, Manitoba R3T 2M6
T. 204-474-7234, 807-464-1151
- B.Env.D, University of Manitoba
- M.Arch, University of Manitoba
Professional qualifications and affiliations
- Métis Nation of Ontario
- MAA Manitoba Association of Architects
- OAA Ontario Association of Architects
- MRAIC Member of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada
- RAIC ITS Member of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada Indigenous Task Force
Research / bio
Shawn Bailey is a Métis architect with the Manitoba and Ontario Association of Architects. He holds a Master degree in architecture from the University of Manitoba. Shawn has 18 years of experience in practice working within a wide range of project types, from small to large residential, institutional, industrial, and commercial projects which include both new builds and renovations.
Shawn’s portfolio of work includes award-winning projects situated in North Western Ontario. His research interest focuses on collaborative design processes that seek to draw connection to the land through indigenous knowledge and perspectives. Rather than focusing on contemporary trends and sophisticated visions, his work seeks to develop an architectural understanding through a process rooted in story.
Shawn and his students have recently collaborated with the community of Iskatewizaagegan to design a culturally based recreational park to help improve the community’s long-term financial stability and cultural awareness among visitors and community members. He recently collaborated with the community Shoal Lake 40 on a new project that sees architecture and engineering students collaborate with community members to design and build a pavilion for community feasts. Currently, Shawn is collaborating with a grassroots initiative, community members, elders and knowledge keepers to help address the issue of homelessness seen in Northwestern Ontario municipalities. This project includes exploring how the application of Indigenous Knowledge can inform a respectful way of negotiating with modern design thinking and practices while empowering community.
Shawn is a native of Kenora, Ontario and was raised in a remote area on Lake of the Woods. Being situated within a rich natural context provided him with sensitivity and a respect towards nature. Shawn’s work seeks inspiration from his relationship with the natural environment. He believes the method for seeking an architectural understanding that reanimates our sensory world in relation to nature is one that embraces reciprocity over prescription.
Shawn has also explored material research and digital fabrication. He is interested in exploring digital technology in more intuitive ways that inform making. The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, School of Architecture in Copenhagen and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology:MIT has conducted a series of workshops based on the material research from his design thesis. Shawn is proficient in Building Information Modelling (BIM) as well as algorithmic modelling software.
2017 - 2018 - Constructing Atmosphere
Participation in the Architects Without Borders, Indigenous Housing Ideas Competition for Remote Access Housing
2018 - 2019 - The Spirit of Place
Collaboration with the community of Shoal Lake 40 to develop a powow grounds for community gathering and ceremony
2019 - 2020 - The Gift is in the Making
Collaboration with Iskatewizaagen and the Department of Landscape Architecture to develop a culturally based recreational park to help improve the community's long-term financial stability and cultural awareness among visitors and community members. Publication pending.
2020 - 2021 - Kahnowiiya "Everyone"
Collaboration with local elders, knowledge keepers, planners, government officials, grass roots initiatives and members of the street family to the confront the subject of affordable housing, and programming that supports healing.
2017 - 2020 - Technology and Indigenous Knowledge
An exploration of how Indigenous knowledge, art, and technique can influence contemporary processes of making architecture. The objective is to introduce, through an architectural lens, a symbiotic way of knowing and crafting that adopts current practices and technology steered by Indigenous approaches and thinking.
2017 - Sioux Narrows and Nestor art studio
2018 - Feasting shelter with Shoal Lake 40
2019 - Lake of the Woods Brewery Ice Fishing huts
- 2018 - Métis Architecture and Design Symposium
- 2019 - Identity and Indigeneity by Design
- 2019 - Indigenous Scholar Speaker Series
- 2019 - Ingenium
- 2020 - caISES 2020 Gathering - Canadian Indigenous Science and Engineering Society - American Indian Science and Engineering Society
- 2020 - Atmosphere 2020 Next School - Moderator
- 2020 - RAIC Virtual Academic Summit on Architecture
Publications and articles
- Transdisciplinary Design Build Studio Course in Collaboration with Shoal Lake 40 First Nation: Development and Assessment.
- Tiny Studio / Moving Gallery: Learning by Doing
- "'Moving' art gallery set to open," Fort Frances Times
- Shoal Lake 40 Feasting Shelter
- "Proposals for the 2019 Indigenous Initiatives Fund are now being accepted," UMToday
- "Bridging Indigenous and non-Indigenous world views in Architecture," UMToday
- "Canada First Nations collaboration teaches engineering - and reconciliation," U2B Executive Business Education
- The Handbook of Contemporary Indigenous Architecture
- Land Acknowledgement 2019 - 2020: Cedar Lake Ranch with ED2 Students.
- Land Acknowledgement 2020 - 2021 Environment Design Orientation.
- Indigenous Housing Initiative with Tech Access Centre Canada and the Collage of Rehabilitation Sciences.
- Affordable Housing in Northwestern Ontario.
- Dakamigad: A community Plaza for the City of Kenora.
- Interactive and educational Design & Build and career awareness platform with Grey and Ivy inc.
- Indigenous Food Systems diploma program.
- Sagkeeng First Nation Housing – Aging in Place Collaboration with Sagkeeng, College of Rehabilitation Sciences and the Asper School of Business.