Anjelica S. Gallegos


Yale University/ Master of Architecture. Alpha Rho Chi Medal Recipient. 2021.

University of Colorado Denver/ Bachelor of Science in Architecture, Cum Laude. Minor in Photography. 2015.


Yale University Haas Arts Library. 2021.
Yale University Art Gallery. 2020.
Davies Toews Architecture. 2019.
Jicarilla Apache Nation. 2017.
Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad. 2016.
CF Studio Architecture. 2015.

    Awards +  Recognition

Alpha Rho Chi Medal, Yale School of Architecture, Alpha Rho Chi Fraternity
Center for Architecture Lab Inaugural Resident
Student Representative on Admissions Committee, Yale School of Architecture
SmithGroup Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) Scholarship Recipient
Special Guest, United Nations, Rights of Indigenous Peoples Series
Aspen Ideas Festival Scholar


The Envision Resilience Nantucket Challenge Exhibition. Architectural Designer. “New England Foodways: Reconnecting Nantucket with Traditional Cultures of Water, Land and Food”, Thomas Macy Warehouse,  Nantucket, MA. 2021.

Making Space For Resistance: Past, Present, Future. Co-Designer, Curator, Indigenous Scholars of Architecture, Planning and Design. North Gallery, Yale School of Architecture. 2019.

    Publications + Academic                  Contributions

Rodriguez, Alicita, “CU Denver Grad Weaves Indigenous History into her Architecture Studies at Yale.”  CU Denver News. June 21, 2021.

Gallegos, Anjelica. “Recovering Well: The Role of Beauty in Design”. Grey to Green Virtual Conference, 2021,  Panelist.

Carty, Marisol. Interview with Anjelica S. Gallegos.” School of Architecture Indigenous Scholars named inaugural residents at Center for Architecture Lab.” Yale News. 2021.

Gallegos, Anjelica. “Indigenous Sustainability in the Built Environment”. Green Roofs For Healthy Cities Conference, Biophilic Design Virtual Symposium, 2021,  Presentation.

Gallegos, Anjelica. A.H.Davenport Company: A Force in America’s Design Heritage. American Decorative Arts Department, Yale University Art Gallery. 2020.

Gupta, Meghanlata. Interview with Anjelica S. Gallegos.  “Indigenous women and the power of Indigenous Architecture at Yale.” Indian Country Today. 2019.

Gallegos, Anjelica. Textile Meanings + Experiments. Davies Toews Architecture. 2019.

Gray, Audrey. Interview with Anjelica S. Gallegos, “Indigenous Women Are Creating New Conversations at Yale Architecture School” Architectural Digest. 2019.


Contemporary Art Museum
New Haven, CT   
Architectural Design Studio I
Critic: Nikole Bouchard

The importance of design through the plan was studied in depth during this studio. An original drawing inititated the project and was sourced as a collection of geometric forms to organize into a building form. Ultimately the plan as a tool to create spatial and social relationships was realized and strengthened. Tectonic and material specificity, site context, sun movements, ecology design, and occupation were key components in the design of the Contemporary Art Museum.

The People’s Land Center
New Haven, CT   
Architectural Design Studio III
Critic: Emily Abruzzo, Inaqui Carnicero

The unique history, current and future needs of the New Haven site was thoroughly researched for the design of an ecological community center. Gathering information from 19th century scholar and previous Yale President Ezra Stiles, a map of New Haven based on information from interviews with the original Indigenous peoples of the land was created with the original context of the site, noting shorelines, trails used by tribes. Further, I investigated the historical changes of the shoreline of on the harbor adjacent to the site and collected data on the future changes of the shoreline due to climate change. In an effort to generate a mutually restorative relationship with the natural environment, like the original land stewards had, a program centered around adaptability, learning and implementing practices related to horticulture, agriculture, water harvesting and forest restoration was established. To address current needs an open floor plan for all levels was carefully organized to incorporate needs such as immigration services. A series of man made land mounds were created to address the future need for land mass and a place to congregate.

Indigenous Horticulture Center
Manhattan, NY        
Architectural Design Studio II
Critic: Trattie Davies

The permanence of buildings and life of materials was the focus of this studio. Designers were asked to consider how the design would change over the course of 100 years. I researched the historical context of the site including the indigenous horticulture practices used to grow food and allow for reforestation of the land. I analyzed the site changes over the next 100 years incorporating the future tide changes due to climate change. Tectonic principles in basketry and tensile structures were used as precedence for construction.

The Nature Culture Nexus Plan
New York, NY + Bronx, NY
Urban Design Studio IV
Critic: Bimal Mendis

The dependency humans have on the ecological environment has been ubiquitous for time immemorial and yet many natural processes are unacknowledged and often directly contradicted by human activities. The loss of ecological consciousness is an urban crisis and stems from the coupled erasure of ecological knowledge and forced displacement of the communities who know these environments thoroughly; the Indigenous communities.

The Nature-Culture Nexus Plan restores the Indigenous knowledge and practices of historical ecological consciousness of Inwood, Manhattan and Fordham Landing, Bronx by revealing the unseen interdependencies with the natural world recharging the reciprocal relationship between the collective of people, animals, plants, fungi and ecosystems, ultimately reengaging the built environment with the natural environment. The plan is designed to be a framework to sow across both ecosystems and urban places, while recognizing and strengthening the unique histories and current conditions of each site. The plan is carefully complementary to sustainable policy including the Green New Deal and the Pollinator Protection Plan of New York State. Weaving community, state and federal partners and programs strengthens the collective and provides new knowledge and application. The seven step plan includes methodology within Indigenous traditional knowledge covering, cultural resources, responsive landscape technology, site heritage and cross-pollinating programming.

Four Waters Formative: A Living Laboratory
Staten Island, NY
Advanced Design Studio V
Critic: Marc Tsurumaki, Violette de la Selle

The fundamental paradox of uncertainty for a discipline based on projection, of impermanence for a practice predicated on permanence, defined the studio. The studio proposed how the material conditions of architecture might engage with the increasing volatility that characterizes our collective relationship to emergent environmental, climatological, biological, political and social conditions.

Four Waters Formative is a Living Laboratory for Indigenous ecological knowledge integrating adaptive design, land remediation and historical preservation. Fort Wadsworth (renamed Four Waters Formative) is on Staten Island and is part of the Gateway National Recreation Area as a National Park and is considered federal land. Four Waters Formative acts as a reinterpreted National Park and histrocially preserved military site, with on site education and a place to promote collaboration between the greater public, tribes and federal programs. The program centers around the the Stronghold as a gathering place while the path system weaves together interventions including gazing pods, artificial reefs, pollinator batteries, earth work, Shatemuc Pavilion, the Deer House, the Longhouse, Falcon Bridge and the American Indian Monument; a data collector and visual indicator of live environmental information. Membrane as a means of perception, the gaze, and fortification and various indigenous design principles were explored throughout the project.

New England Foodways: Reconnecting Nantucket with Traditional Cultures of Water, Land and Food
Nantucket, MA
Advanced Design Studio VI   
Critic: Allan Plattus, Andrei Harwell
Team: Anjelica Gallegos, Daoru Wang, Robin Yang

Along with four other universities, Yale School of Architecture, was invited by ReMain Nantucket, an island-based non-profit, to participate in a collaborative studio exploring design approaches to wide-ranging challenges of coastal resilience and adaptation, cultural heritage, and environmental justice. This studio will consider broadly the natural and human landscape of coastal New England, with a specific focus on the island of Nantucket and related coastal sites.

Our project has three main focus areas including adaptation, rebalance, and the regional food network. From the indigenous peoples, to the maritime quakers, the spirit of Nantucket has been to embrace challenges and recognize potential. We propose a new circular economy centered around aquaculture. Responding to sea level rise, flooding, and coastal erosion, we use modes of regeneration, mitigation, and migration to focus on incremental adaptation.

Allowing and strengthening the natural infrastructure to fully function creates reciprocity, is economically wise, and has concrete benefits. We introduce a range of dynamic landforms to mitigate rising waters at different time periods, including extending the beach, introducing sand dunes, and restoring eelgrass beds. The main artery of the raised infrastructure will be Beach Street, where a series of boardwalks will reach to the harbor edges of Brant Point.

Nantucket is part of the second largest United States aquaculture producing region and is part of New England’s network of diverse aquaculture. The increasing subtidal zone along Brant Point can become the new commons of Nantucket, where people have access to cultivate their own aqua gardens to grow and eat from. A sea market and processing center will invite the public to taste Nantucket’s unique foods and show different processing techniques. As the tides rise, two new housing types: the tower-house and cliff co-op will be introduced. Brant Point can lead the growing shift toward regenerating community connection with the land, eating from sources closer to the region, and evolving balanced maritime living.

Critic: Peter Eisenman

Critic: Robert A. M. Stern

Critic: Alan Organschi , Julie Zink
Team: Anjelica Gallegos, Kevin Gao, Ashton Harrell, Niema Jafari, Leanne Nagata

Grid Space   
Critic: Dorian Booth

Critic: Justin Berry

Davies Toews Architecture   
Researcher, Architectural Designer

North Gallery Exhibition   
Indigenous Scholars of Architecture, Planning and Design at Yale
Co-Designer, Chief Curator, Constructor
Team: Anjelica S. Gallegos, Summer Sutton, Charelle Brown