Smoke Architecture is Anishinaabeg owned and operated. Providing complete architectural services since 2014, we focus on First Nation and Indigenous projects. Our clients, guided by Elders and community leaders, hold millenia of expertise on how and what to build in our traditional territories. Smoke Architecture exists to support your success.
Our design process is guided by and responsible to our clients. The path we take rediscovers Indigenous knowledge in contemporary contexts. This process of land-based learning applies to each project we undertake, using engagement tools, design techniques, and building systems crafted specifically for each community and each place.
We understand the challenges of tight budgets and timelines related to working in contexts that may include funding agencies, remote locations, and northern climates. We are ready and experienced to undertake your project to its successful completion, in a way that honours distinct Indigenous identities every step of the way.
We offer full architectural services, including conceptual design, feasibility studies, land-use plans, assessment reports, community engagement, RFP & tender support, and construction supervision. We have robust relationships with consultants familiar with First Nation and Indigenous design, who offer Landscape Architecture and engineering specialties including Civil, Structural, Mechanical, and Electrical consulting. Contact us to arrange consulting services for your project.
OAA | LEED®AP | MRAIC | M.Arch. | B.Env.Des.
KaaSheGaaBaaWeak | Eladia Smoke is Anishinaabekwe from Obishikokaang | Lac
Seul First Nation, with family roots in Alderville First Nation, Winnipeg, and Toronto.
Eladia has worked in architecture since 2002, and founded Smoke Architecture as
principal architect in 2014. She is a Master Lecturer at Laurentian’s McEwen School of
Architecture. Her career includes principal architect with Architecture 49, Thunder Bay,
and architect with Prairie Architects, Winnipeg. Eladia has served on the RAIC’s
Indigenous Task Force since its inception, 2015. Eladia is on the Unceded international
team of Indigenous designers and architects; led by Douglas Cardinal, this team will
represent Canada at the 2018 Venice Biennale.
Current professional work includes community centre, office, and multi-family residential
projects, working with First Nation clients. Past professional projects include the
Aboriginal People’s Television Network studios, Migiizi Agamik Aboriginal Student
Centre at University of Manitoba, and Makoonsag Intergenerational Learning Centre;
completed in Winnipeg with Prairie Architects.
Eladia served as a committee and council member with Manitoba Association of
Architects from 2011-2014. Eladia also served as a board member of Urban Shaman
Gallery of Contemporary Aboriginal Art from 2010-2014, and participated in the first all-
Aboriginal showcase of architecture there in 2014: Maandaw ‘Igaan Mazinibii’igan.
OAA Intern | MRAIC | MArch | BEDS | AdvDipID
Larissa Roque, Anishinaabekwe from Wahnapitae First Nation, is an intern architect for Smoke Architecture Inc. She holds a Bachelor of Environmental Design Studies with Distinction and a Master of Architecture from Dalhousie University. Previously, she received a 3-year Advanced Diploma in Interior Design from Georgian College. Larissa has worked diligently throughout her professional career to gain an extensive knowledge of contemporary construction methods, natural building materials, and community engagement practices to pursue a career in First Nations architecture.
Prior to Smoke Architecture, Larissa worked at Brook Mcilroy contributing to a number of urban Indigenous gathering spaces and the renovation for the new home of Waakebiness-Bryce Institute for Indigenous Health at U of T.
Select past projects
Naskapi of Kawawachikimach – Shelter for Victims of Family Violence
$1.4 million; 3,900sf; 2018 (New Construction; under design)
Henvey Inlet First Nation – Community Centre
$9 million; 14,000sf; 2018 (New Construction; under design)
Taykwa Tagamou – Community Centre
Taykwa Tagamou Nation, ON
$5 million; 6,000sf; 2018 (Study)
Henvey Inlet First Nation – 8-plex Residential Suites
$1.3m; 6000sf; 2018 (New Construction, under completion)
Alderville First Nation – Hilltop Redevelopment
$980,000; 5600sf; 2018 (Study)
Meno Ya Win Health Centre
Sioux Lookout, ON
$120,000; 1,300sf; 2015 (Renovation)
Obishikokaang Administrative Offices
Frenchmans Head, ON
$13m; 23,300sf; 2015 (Study)
Lac Seul First Nation Training Centre of Excellence
Culinary Arts School | Hudson, ON
$700,000; 4,300sf (Study)
Nodin Stat Unit
At-Risk-Youth Centre | Kejick Bay, ON
$950,000; 4,100sf; 2014 (Study)
3 Fourplexes | Lac Seul First Nation, ON
$950,000; 12,000sf, 12 units; 2014 (Study)
Lac Seul First Nation Balmertown Administrative Offices
$500,000; 4,950sf; 2015 (Study)