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OA ARCHITECTURE was founded in 1981 with the idea that excellent design skills should be complemented by equally strong technical

execution and project delivery. Over thirty years later, MOA is synonymous with well-designed projects that are responsive to programs and sensitive to budget constraints. Managing Partner and Founder Robert Outland is a member of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma, making MOA a certified American Indian-owned business. We have 30 employees – including 20 licensed architects and 20 LEED APs – between our offices in Denver, Colorado and Casper, Wyoming. MOA’s expertise includes planning and design for education, mixed-use and retail, commercial office, healthcare, and industrial






completed more than 23 million cumulative square feet of facilities at a total construction cost of more than $1.5 billion.



OA ARCHITECTURE has a history of more than 30 years of successfully completing Native American projects. Combining this experience with an interest in staying at the fore of technolog y and design innovation, the principals and staff of MOA excel at creating stimulating , responsible, and highly functional places in which people live, work and play.



he new Native American Veterans Cemetery is placed on an 80 acre site on the Rosebud Sioux tribe reservation in South Dakota. The building and site plan are designed to respond to the culture and tradition of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe and the Veterans the cemetery will serve by incorporating the circle, medicine wheel and Tipi form. The circle is indicative of life itself and the medicine wheel, a circle divided into 4 “symbols�, one of which represents the four seasons and the cycles of life (birth, life, death and afterlife). The Administration building provides a reception center and records archive for visitors; and offices, workspaces and administrative support area to provide direct and indirect services to veterans, their families, and other cemetery visitors. Also located on the site is the Committal Shelter. The Committal Shelter is a quiet, dignified pavilion designed as a contemporary interpretation of a tipi, set in the rolling terrain and native prairie grasses. It provides a temporary shelter from the elements for an internment service to honor and respect the individual. Designed in Collaboration with Wyss Associates Landscape Architects

6,100 TOTAL SF



art of an outreach program by the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, the Nighthorse Campbell Native Health Facility provides psychological and substance-abuse treatment to Native American communities across the Western region. State-of-the-art, long-distance diagnostic techniques make top-quality medical care available to remote or underprivileged Indian and Native peoples. The facility’s design is based on the circle, a Native American symbol of connecting all life in balance and harmony, and it incorporates elements of the building traditions of Western US tribes. Winner of 2003 Design of Excellence Award (City of Aurora)

50,000 TOTAL SF

STANDING ROCK COMMUNITY ELEMENTARY F o r t Ya t e s , N o r t h D a k o t a

S 2007.

tanding Rock Community Elementary School was designed in accordance with the BIA Educational Facilities Handbook and Design Standards which MOA prepared for the BIA in

A program was developed based on the school’s mission of providing “opportunities to excel spiritually, physically, mentally, and emotionally by increasing community involvement and integrating Tribal Culture in the school’s learning environments.” Included are administration, a library / media center, cafeteria, and classrooms including computer and special needs rooms, as well as a “cultural classroom.” All signage is in the Lakota language. The plan is organized around two intersecting corridors, and references the traditional art and science of astrology. A rotunda projects constellations inside as sunlight pours through openings in its skin. Crossed timbers in the rotunda suggest the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe symbol, while an eight-pointed star inlaid in the floor represents the fire and heated stones in the center of a tipi and alludes to the night sky. This school creates a rich learning environment by combining the ancient culture of a proud people with the technology of the 21st century.

66,630 TOTAL SF

STANDING ROCK COMMUNITY HIGH SCHOOL F o r t Ya t e s , N o r t h D a k o t a


ocated on the Standing Rock Indian reservation, Standing Rock Community High School was constructed in 1977. Over the years, numerous modifications were made not always in conformance with building or mechanical codes. In addition, regular maintenance had not been performed on facility systems or building finishes. MOA was contracted to perform a thorough evaluation of the existing school for code and maintenance deficiencies, as well as a mechanical and electrical systems condition assessment. The assessment findings determined that a more comprehensive remodel was required to update the school and make it a safe environment for the students and staff. These findings helped to secure the additional funding needed through the federal stimulus program (ARRA). The Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) has cited this renovation as a national model for the Office of Facilities Management and Construction (OFMC) to illustrate how the life of an existing facility can be extended for another 30 years at half the cost of a new replacement school. MOA was able to work with the existing staff to develop a new plan layout that met their community needs while complying with the newly developed national educational standards of the BIA OFMC and Bureau of Indian Education.

112,587 TOTAL SF



erving the elders of the Cheyenne River Sioux Indian Community in Eagle Butte, South Dakota, this skilled nursing and assisted living facility provides a core space for 60 beds, with the planned ability to add another 60 beds. The core spaces will include: admissions and orientation, health care, food service, visitation, programs and services, facility support, and facility administration. The exterior courtyard circle is completed and enhanced by hardscape and landscape elements to conceptually introduce the medicine wheel – symbol of all creation and the cycles of life. Connecting sky to earth, raised lanterns located on the main circulation corridor bring daylight deep within the facility.

49,760 TOTAL SF

CROW CREEK K-12 CAMPUS Stephan, South Dakota


he Crow Creek site contains approximately 50 acres located in the town of Stephan, South Dakota on the Crow Creek Indian Reservation. Crow Creek is a mostly rural reservation supporting agricultural activities. It is an area of extraordinary natural beauty, including sweeping views of the Missouri River. The new school will serve grade levels kindergarten through 12th grade with a total projected enrollment of 393 students. The main entry focuses directly on the Media Center which is located opposite the entry. A primary circulation corridor runs through the building connecting the new school to the existing gymnasium. A raised day lighting clerestory allows natural daylight to illuminate the hallways and the central spine of the school. The incorporation of daylight at these important locations provides a connection between Earth and Sky. The campus includes a 100 student dormitory, athletic complex, and a Native American sweat lodge.

102,449 TOTAL SF .



iverside Indian School, located in Anadarko, Oklahoma, is the oldest federally operated American Indian Boarding School in the country dating back to 1893. The new 64,000 sq. ft. Academic High School serving grades 9 through 12 will expand the current Riverside school campus replacing an older outdated high school facility. The new building is oriented to allow easy access to the new dormitory complex being developed on the west side of the high school site. The new high school is a single story concept with that includes the high school administrative offices, media center, science labs/classrooms, art, music, and votech. In addition the facility includes offices for the school superintendents, administrators, and special education staff. A new indoor auxiliary Physical Education facility is also part of the program to augment the other campus athletic facilities.

64,547 TOTAL SF .



he American Indian Heritage and Nature Center is conceived to be a place where tribute to the legacy of the indigenous American Indians population can be demonstrated. Placed against the backdrop of the beautitful Colorado Rockies, the facility joins education and spirtiual growth through the culture of the American Indian, and their capacity for harmony with the environment. The Center holds exhibit and support space, open flowing galleries and 150 seat theater. Maximizing flexibility for presentation. An education wing provides a library and classrooms, the central open plaza functioning as an outdoor classroom as well.

23,000 TOTAL SF

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Native American Design


Native American Design