The Northeast Arizona Technological Institute of Vocational Education (N.A.T.I.V.E.) – Buildings A & B

NATIVE Vocational District

Kayenta, Arizona

2012 Completion

$3.4 Million

The Northeast Arizona Technological Institute of Vocational Education (N.A.T.I.V.E.) is an overlay Career Technical Education (CTE) district which serves 22,000 square-miles throughout three counties and approximately 2,200 students in grades 10 through 12.

In 2012, phase one of NATIVE’s Central Campus was completed, including an administration area and a Power and Structural Technical Lab, Medical Science Lab and Media Production Lab.

BCDM, together with the Navajo Tribe, a nomadic tribe originating from Alaska/Russia, created an indigenous architecture representing their tradition within the Master Plan.  The Navajo people (Dine) view this project as a new beginning.  The “Navajo aesthetic” is represented through floor pattern, orientation of plan, exterior form and dynamic symbolic elements. These include the four prominent mountains that border their original land and four district colors recognized in their culture: black (north), white (east for rising sun), blue (south) and yellow (west). Symbolism requires an East entry with the most important person always in the northwest area.  The “story” and symbolic elements add pride within their educational program.