February Graduate – 2021

Student of the Month February 2021

Heidi Brandow

Navajo Nation

Santa Fe, NM

Direct Scholarship – Graduate


Harvard Graduate School of Design

Master of Design Studies

Non-GPA System

Community Service

  • Co-founder of the Harvard Indigenous Design Collective
  • Intern at the Harvard University Native American Program (2019-present)
  • Chair of Information at the Harvard Graduate Council
  • Mentor at the Institute of American Indian Arts Mentorship Program (2018-present)
  • Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA) Alumni Council President (2017-2020)
  • Santa Fe Indigenous Center Food Distribution Volunteer
Short Bio
Heidi K. Brandow (Diné & Kānaka Maoli) is a multi-disciplinary artist whose work is centered on the inclusion of Indigenous people, and perspectives in the development of ethical and sustainable methods of creative engagement. Recent projects include “Diné Futurism”, which considers the future possibilities and existence of the Diné people in a post-extractive industry landscape through the exploration of Indigenous knowledge and plant ecology utilized in the Diné textile trade. Simultaneously, Brandow is currently pursuing a project that challenges current museum collections methodology through the inclusion of Indigenous perspectives through the development of an alternate and augmented form of provenance.Heidi is a co-founder of the Harvard Indigenous Design Collective, an organization that promotes design by and for Indigenous communities as foundational to the history, theory, and practice of design fields. Brandow is a graduate of the Institute of American Indian Arts, studied Industrial Design at Istanbul Technical University, and is currently pursuing a Master of Design Studies at the Harvard Graduate School of Design.