Kimberly Deriana, Associate AIA

Kimberly Deriana, Associate AIA

Kimberly Deriana, Associate AIA, Project Designer

Kimberly Deriana is a Mandan and Hidatsa emerging professional architect, that specializes in sustainable, environmental, indigenous architecture, housing and planning. She has substantial experience conducting community centered-design efforts to encourage collaboration between the design team and local stakeholders. Her design methodologies focus on incorporating indigenous lifestyle practices in relationship to past and present, and environmentally and culturally conscious design. As an architectural designer with 7 Directions, Kimberly guides and assist projects from a broad planning-level through full design and construction. She 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. Her experience bridges her passion for good-design with creating quality, sustainable buildings for communities that respect individuality and cultural identity.


  • 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 Project Designer, 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, 2017
  • Plaza Roberto Maestas, El Centro de la Raza, 100 units T.O.D. and plaza, Seattle, WA, 2016
  • Stillaguamish Community Master Plan and Housing, Arlington, WA in-progress
  • Tolowa Community Master Plan and Housing, Smith River, CA in-progress
  • Squaxin Family Services Building, Shelton, WA, 2016
  • CARE 66 VIRO Affordable Housing Community (200 units/community center) Gallup, NM, 2014
  • 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
  • Fort Berthold Community College Strawbale House, New Town, ND
  • Strawbale Potato Storage, Kenya, Africa


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