Work Native American Sustainable Housing Initiative (NASHI)

Project
Native American Sustainable Housing Initiative (NASHI)
Description
Non-Profit Design-Build Program
Client
Native Families & Students
Location
Pine Ridge Indian Reservation
Size
1000 SF Strawbale Housing Prototype
Completed
Ongoing Summer Program

How can design-build education act as a catalyst for positive social change?

There is an invisible homelessness in Native America. More than 200,000 houses are needed today to address overcrowding, 90,000 Native families are homeless or under-housed, and many of the existing homes are in desperate need of repair.

We believe everyone deserves access to the benefits of a healthy and affordable home. NASHI, short for The Native American Sustainable Housing Initiative, is a non-profit sector of Pyatt Studio. Sponsored by HUD’s Office of Policy Development and Research (PD&R), NASHI has two missions: to provide housing for the underserved Native American community, and to provide on-site learning collaborations for students at mainstream universities and tribal colleges. By using education as a catalyst for change, we strive to empower a new generation of community designers, builders and thinkers for the future.

Our new summer program will be open to high school students with an interest in architecture, design and sustainable development. Our students will deepen their skills in science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics (STEAM) with real design projects in native and rural communities like the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation.