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Tamara Begay

  • CEO/Architect/Assistant Professor

/ Indigenous Design Studio + Architecture


Bachelor of Architecture, University of New Mexico, 2002 Master of Architecture, University of New Mexico, 2004


Tamarah is the Founder of Indigenous Design Studio + Architecture (IDS+A), a 100% Native American Woman-Owned architectural and planning firm and UNM Alumni and Assistant Professor at the UNM School of Architecture and Planning. Ms. Begay is a member of the Navajo Nation, the first Navajo woman registered architect and has over 14 years of experience working with Native American tribes on connecting culture, language, and tradition through design. Tamarah is committed in educating clients on the importance of embracing Indigenous values of design and planning. She is also committed in supporting minorities in particular Native Americans in architecture & planning and related fields, through business opportunities and professional development.


She is a high-level LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Accredited Professional experienced in incorporating current sustainable practices into her innovative planning and design work. As a founding member and current President of the American Indian Council of Architects and Engineers, Tamarah has long been committed to mentoring junior Native American office staff and students. Ms. Begay is an exceptionally talented visionary, uniquely driven to instill Native American cultural identity in all work that IDS+A designs.