Kimberly Deriana

Kimberly Deriana

Kimberly Deriana, Architectural Design Intern

Kimberly Deriana

Kimberly Deriana is a Native American intern architect (Mandan & Hidatsa), a member the Three Affiliated Tribes and a recent addition to 7 Directions Architects/Planners.  She completed her Masters of Architecture thesis in 2009 which focused on indigenous lifestyle practices and the relationship between past and present, environmentally and culturally conscious design. Her interest in indigenous architecture developed on a professional level by working with organizations dedicated to improving the infrastructure and resources available to native communities. Her experience bridges her passion for good design with the responsibility she feels towards creating quality, sustainable buildings for tribal communities in a context which respects individuality and cultural identity.

During her employment with Red Feather Development Group, Kimberly gained substantial experience conducting community centered-design workshops to encourage collaboration between the organization and the local community. The organization’s commitment to providing sustainable, green, building helped expand her understanding of environmentally friendly strategies in her architectural practices. As an intern with 7 Directions Kimberly continues learning and participating as a collaborative group member, bringing innovative, sensitive perspectives to her work. She strives to further develop her design expertise and understanding of weaving contemporary, functional aesthetics into sustainable, culturally diverse systems.


  • Masters of Architecture, Savannah College of Art and Design, 2009
  • Bachelors of Architecture / Minor in Interior Design, Savannah College of Art and Design, 2008

Professional Practice

  • 7 Directions Architects / Planners Architectural Design Intern, present
  • Meridian Limited, Architectural Design Consultant, 2012-2013
  • Shack Up Studio, Bozeman, MT Architectural Interior Designer, 2012
  • Red Feather Development Group, Bozeman, MT Architectural Designer & Program Associate, 2011-2012
  • Red Feather Development Group, Bozeman, MT AmeriCorps VISTA, 2010-2011
  • Studio RE, Bozeman, MT, Architectural Design Intern, 2011

Representative Projects

  • Skokomish Tribe Community Center Design, Skokomish, WA, to be completed 2017
  • Plaza Roberto Maestas, El Centro de la Raza, 100 units T.O.D. and plaza, Seattle, WA, to be completed 2016
  • Squaxin Family Services Building, Shelton, WA, completed April 2016
  • Stillaguamish Community Master Plan and Housing, Arlington, WA in-progress
  • Tolowa Community Master Plan and Housing, Smith River, CA in-progess
  • CARE 66 VIRO Affordable Housing Community (200 units/community center) Gallup, NM, in-progress
  • Muckleshoot Elder’s Housing Concept and Master Plan, Auburn, WA, 2014
  • Lummi Tribal Housing Authority Administrative Offices, Bellingham, WA, 2014
  • Second Season Recreation Park, Lame Deer, MT
  • 13 Indigenous Grandmother Arbor, Lame Deer, MT
  • Affordable Strawbale Housing for the Northern Cheyenne and Hopi Communities, Montana & Arizona
  • Passive Solar Earthship, Bozeman, MT
  • Fort Berthold Community College Strawbale House, New Town, ND
  • Strawbale Potato Storage, Kenya, Africa


  • Sketchup, Revit, Autocad, Adobe Suite, Design Workshop support/facilitation