Creative problem solving to enrich interaction with space and place

We are problem solvers, planners, architects, engineers, designers, and program managers making notable impact on how people live and move in relationship with built and natural environments.

Creative solutions that respect what came before and welcome responsibility for generations to come

Seven Generations Architecture + Engineering (7GAE) has established a tradition of sustainable solutions inspired by our Indigenous lineage and the understanding that today’s generation is responsible for the prosperity of generations to come. Our collaborative, inter-disciplinary skillsets include research, planning, site development, architecture, and interior design with a relational design approach to creative solutions for built environments. We partner with purpose and intention alongside our clients on Tribal, federal, and community projects.

Our philosophy and values

As a tribally-owned group of companies on mission to grow the economy and legacy of the Pokagon Band of Potawatomi, we fuel our work through our shared values. The Pokagon Seven Generations philosophy instills in us the value of working together to plan for our shared future and for what may come for generations we will never meet. This is not a plaque on our wall, our values are embedded in how we work and relate to each other and our clients and partners.

Wisdom | Mbwakawenewen

To cherish knowledge is to know Wisdom. Wisdom is given by the Creator to be used for the good of the people.

Love | Debandewen

To know peace is to know Love. Love must be unconditional. When people are weak they need love the most.

Respect | Wdetenmewen

To honor all creation is to have Respect. All of creation should be treated with respect. You must give respect if you wish to be respected.

Bravery | Wedasewen

Bravery is to face the foe with integrity. To do what is right even when the consequences are unpleasant.

Honesty | Kwekwadzewen

Honesty in facing a situation is to be brave. Always be honest in word and action. Be honest first with yourself, and you will more easily be able to be honest with others.

Humility | Edbesendowen

Humility is to know yourself as a sacred part of Creation. You are equal to others, but you are not better.

Truth | Debwewen

Truth is to know all of these things. Speak the truth. Do not deceive yourself or others.


We partner with purpose alongside Indigenous, federal, and community clients

Since 2012, we have been building our collaborative, inter-disciplinary team and skillsets that include research, planning, architecture, and interior design. We partner with tribes across Indian Country on projects ranging from administrative facilities and cultural centers to housing and schools. We work with many more Tribes through Indian Health Service (IHS), the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA), and the Bureau of Indian Education (BIE). Our work also includes large-scale projects for federal agencies such as the Veterans Health Administration, National Parks Service, and Army Corps of Engineers, as well as small-scale work within the places we live to help build community and create resources. Across our work in the Indigenous, federal, and community markets, we have great passion for and deep experience with healthcare and wellness planning and design.

Success and growth driven by the Bodwé vision

As wholly owned companies of the Pokagon Band, the mission and values we hold, and the name we have chosen, lead us to brave and meaningful service for Indigenous, civic, veteran, student, patient, and wildlife communities.


Awards & Recognitions

We are honored to be recognized by other organizations for our innovative solutions. Here are a few.


Impact Award

Steve VandenBussche, AIA, LEED AP
AIA Southwest Michigan

Outstanding Planning and Design

Gateway to the North Masterplan Study
Arizona State University & Construction in Indian Country

Honor Award

Arcadia Festival Place Master Plan
AIA Southwest Michigan

Contact us

If you are interested in beginning a new project, you are a potential teaming partner, or you just want to chat about great architecture and engineering, please drop us a note.


Kalamazoo Office
600 East Michigan Ave., Suite B
Kalamazoo, MI 49007

San Antonio Office
3463 Magic Drive, Suite T15
San Antonio, TX 78229

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