ICF – A construction method to build energy efficient facilities in Indian Country
The building materials selected for a structure play a big role in energy efficiency and ease of construction, especially in rural areas. To achieve these goals in Indian Country, architect Mike Laverdure of DSGW and First American Design Studio, is using insulated concrete forms, or ICF, for construction of many Native owned projects. ICF is Read More
Mike Laverdure elected to the National American Indian Science and Engineering Society Board of Directors
The American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES) will welcome Mike Laverdure to the Board of Directors at the National Conference in November in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Mike is a Principal and Architect at DSGW and President of a Native American owned planning firm, the First American Design Studio. He is an enrolled member of the Read More
Ground Blessing at St. Ignace, Michigan
July 18th, 2016 – St. Ignace, Michigan Today, we gathered and did a ‘ground blessing’ for the St. Ignace Elderly Housing project for the Sault Tribal Housing Authority. It was an absolutely beautiful day, with prayers and honor songs Read More
MIKE LAVERDURE TO SPEAK AT AMERICAN INDIAN SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING SOCIETY NATIONAL CONFERENCE
Have you thought about who designed the buildings you use every day? Was it a Native Architect or Engineer? Today there are only a handful of Native Architects and Mike Laverdure is one of them. He is passionate about mentoring and educating young Native Americans about the architecture and engineering field and will speak at theAmerican Read More
Thinking ahead at the American Indian Council of Architects & Engineers 2015 Spring conference.
This year, the American Indian Council of Architects & Engineers spring conference was held in the Twin Cities here in Minnesota. Our host was the Mystic Lake Casino & Hotel and as always, they provided an excellent venue & service. The Shakopee Business Council was gracious enough to allow us to take a tour of Read More
First American Design Studio will be at the 2015 Reservation Economic Summit in Las Vegas.
We’ve booked our flights, reserved our booth and are excited to see you again this coming March at the Reservation Economic Summit in Las Vegas. We have booth 826, so make sure and stop by. Click here to see the email campaign >>> The first 125 people to stop in at our booth and sign up Read More
AISES Executive Excellence Award & Video
This past weekend, Michael Laverdure had the honor of receiving the Executive Excellence award from the American Indian Science & Engineering Society at their annual conference in Orlando. Mr. Laverdure stated that “I’ve always endeavored to pay it forward as best I can, and I owe my success to all those people that I work with, my Read More
Our first client, Bald Eagle Erector in the news.
Our first client, Mr. Dave Bice was featured in a recent story in the Star Tribune. Dave took advantage of a capitalization program that allowed him to take on work at the new Vikings stadium. We are designing a office / warehouse for Bald Eagle Erectors, with construction slated for this coming spring 2015.
Article in Business North
Business North recently published an article about the First American Design Studio. An in depth article describing the reason for the First American Design Studio & why being a Native owned design firm is important. http://online.qmags.com/BNT0514?pg=1&mode=2#pg12&mode2?fs=2&pg=12&mode=2
We are going to the 40th Annual National American Indian Housing Council Convention & Trade Show
The First American Design Studio is going to have a booth at the NAIHC trade show this year. The convention & tradeshow runs the week of June 2nd, with the Trade Show being held on June 3rd and June 4th. Make sure to stop by and see us! We’d love to visit with you on Read More
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