NATIVE (Northeast Arizona Technological Institute of Vocational Education) New Vocational HS Campus

Kayenta, Arizona

  • FIRM

    BCDM Architects


    NATIVE/Kayenta School District

  • AREA

    11,336 sq.ft.





The Northeast Arizona Technological Institute of Vocational Education (NATIVE) is an overlay Career Technical Education (CTE) district that spans 22,000 square miles throughout three counties, servicing approximately 2,200 students in grades 10 through 12.

In 2012, phase one of NATIVE Central Campus was completed, which includes administration along with ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCOST PER SQ FT$302.23FEATURED IN2014 Educational InteriorsINTERIOR CATEGORYVocational/Industrial arts Power, 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 uniquely describing their “Navajo aesthetic” through floor pattern, orientation of plan, exterior form and dynamic symbolic elements, which include the four prominent mountains that border their original land and the four distinct colors recognized in their culture: black (north), white (east for the rising sun), blue (south) and yellow (west, for the setting sun).

Symbolism requires an east entry with the most important person always in the northwest area. The building’s “story” and symbolic elements add to the level within their educational program!