Ouri Scott, a Tlicho Dene architect originally from the Northwest Territories, currently lives and works in Vancouver and thanks the Musqueam/xʷməθkʷəy̓əm, Squamish/Sḵwx̱wú7mesh, and Tsleil-Waututh/Sel̓íl̓witulh for allowing her to live on their territories as an uninvited guest.
Ouri is driven to resolve prevalent, yet often un-addressed design issues that face indigenous people. As a designer, she looks to develop a modern design language to react and respond to contemporary First Nations culture. She is passionate about sustainable architecture, and sees it as honoring her role as a steward of the land.
Her recent work with Urban Arts Architecture includes an award-winning concept for a net-zero, mixed-use development in Seattle that incorporates renewable energy strategies and intensive vertical farming.
Ouri is an active member of the RAIC Indigenous Task. She has spoken at conferences and community events in Canada and New Zealand on indigenous design and sustainable infrastructure development.