Design. Construct. Learn. Sustain.
There are over 200 rural villages in Alaska. They are small, ranging from populations of 60 - 600, and remote, scattered about in the vast land that is the Alaskan Arctic and sub-Arctic. Many of the groups of people in these villages have called this land their home for thousands of years. They live in ways that are specifically adapted to the climate, landscape, and resources of this cold, northern region.
Yet the majority of the public architecture in these communities does not respond to the surrounding environment or the cultural mix of traditions and people who inhabit it. We need a public architecture in rural Alaska that is truly of the place and the people.
The only way to design a truly representative community architecture is to engage the community.
Rural Arctic Studio is a collaboration between the people of the Alaskan villages and designer Rachael Skye Sturm. Skye is a lifelong Alaskan currently working in Fairbanks and pursuing her Master of Architecture at the Boston Architectural College. She is thrilled to be combining her passions for design, people, and Alaska into her thesis work. When she is not designing, she can usually be found exploring outside with her partner Alessio and their two Alaskan huskies.