Theodore Edaakie, AIA, NCARB, AICAE

Project Architect


Theo comes from a big family, loves food, and is always seeking out the latest technology and gadgets for design. Since joining Indigenous Design Studio + Architecture (IDS+A) in 2012, Theo has enjoyed working directly with communities, continually learning, and working in IDS+A’s fun, studio environment. Theo comes from a family of artists in Isleta Pueblo, attended the University of New Mexico where he received his Master of Architecture degree, and has become his tribe’s first licensed architect. At IDS+A, Theo has had the great opportunity to work on a wide range of projects from Master Planning, Interior Remodel projects, Educational, Housing, and Commercial projects. While attending UNM’s School of Architecture and Planning, Theo began his affiliation with the American Indian Council of Architects + Engineers (AICAE) where he served as President of the student chapter, and is now a member of the Board of Directors. In Isleta Pueblo, Theo observed how poor design and substandard buildings can have a great impact on a community. On every project, this has become a reminder and a source of inspiration to learn about peoples’ stories, their community, and use that knowledge to create spaces that honor and empower them.

Education & Professional Credentials:

  • Master of Architecture, University of New Mexico, 2015

  • Bachelor of Arts, Architecture, University of New Mexico, 2012

  • Member, Board of Directors, American Indian Council of Architects and Engineers, 2017

  • New Mexico Architect License #5866