Joseph Kunkel

SFAI Board Treasurer

Executive Director, Sustainable Native Communities Collaborative

Joseph, a Northern Cheyenne Tribal Member, is the Executive Director of SNCC. A passionate community designer, planner, and educator, Joseph’s work has encompassed several schematic and built community housing projects, the research and publication of 22 case studies and best practices highlighting exemplary Native housing processes, and dozens of workshops and studios to build the design and technical capacity of students and practitioners in Indian Country. In addition to overseeing SNCC’s operations, he is developing curriculum and research to advance indigenous values within the Del E. Webb School of Construction at Arizona State University, as a Visiting Eminent Scholar. Joseph became engaged with SNCC during his Enterprise Rose Architectural Fellowship. He worked directly with SNCC and the Santo Domingo Tribal Housing Authority, leading the development of a 41-unit LIHTC, NEA, and ArtPlace-funded development. Since becoming SNCC’s Executive Director, Joseph has leveraged millions of private and public dollars to advance tribal housing and sustainable development throughout Indian Country.