Faculty lecture "Healing Glass: Public Health and Transparency of Sanatorium Zonnestraal"

Aki's September 16, 2021


I will give the third lecture in our school's architecture faculty lecture series of Fall 2021. The lecture, titled Healing Glass: Public Health and Transparency of Sanatorium Zonnestraal, will take place in Hancock Auditorium on Thursday, September 16th at 2PM (ET).

Article “Imprints of an Invisible Virus: How Airborne Diseases Change Cities” published in The Plan Journal

Aki's December 2020


Article “Imprints of an Invisible Virus: How Airborne Diseases Change Cities” is published in The Plan Journal. Once a clinical cure for COVID-19 is found, which infection prevention practices – both social and spatial – might remain, and what long-term impacts will they leave? This article examines the interrelationships between airborne diseases, social practices, and the design of physical and digital infrastructures for cities.

2019 Fitzgibbon Charrette at the Washington University in St. Louis

served as the moderator for the 2020 Laskey CharretteMarch 22, 2019


I served as the moderator and jury chair for the 2019 Fitzgibbon Charrette, which took place March 22. Open to all juniors and seniors in architecture, the annual charrette celebrates architectural drawing through a one-day sketch problem where the students refine and further develop one of their studio drawings. The jury awarded the prize to senior Jenna Schnitzler.

Hokie Circles wins a student-initiated COVID-19 response competition

August August 20, 2020

A team of students I advised is one of five winners of the TECH Together campaign, which called upon the creativity and innovation of Virginia Tech students to implement real change that not only prevent the spread of COVID-19, but also provide comfort to students and faculty on campus. Joon Young Kang and Kirat Pandher initiated the project Graphic Redesign Graphics (now called Hokie Circles), which encourages social distancing through an immersive spatial experience - 6-foot spaced markings and directional indicators.

2020 Laskey Charrette at the Washington University in St. Louis

served as the moderator for the 2020 Laskey CharretteJanuary 26, 2020


I had the honor to serve as the moderator for the 2020 Laskey Charrette at the Sam Fox School at the Washington University in St. Louis. For this year's challenge, students were asked to create light modulating concrete walls. The Laskey Charrette honors Professor Emeritus Leslie J. Laskey and his singular approach to design education.

Blurred Transparencies in Contemporary Glass Architecture published by Routledge

Aki's May 2020


My book Blurred Transparencies in Contemporary Glass Architecture: Material, Culture, and Technology is published by Routledge. The book brings to light complex readings of transparent glass through close observations of six pivotal works of architecture. Written from the perspectives of a practitioner, the six essays challenge assumptions about fragility and visual transparency of glass. The foreword is written by glass artist and my former employer James Carpenter.

Perspectives on Careers in Creativity and Innovation

Aki's April 26, 2019


I served on a panel entitled Perspectives on Careers in Creativity and Innovation at ICAT (Institute for Creativity, Arts and Technology) Creativity and Innovation Day at Virginia Tech. The panel, which included professors and students in STEAM fields, was moderated by Dr. Lisa McNair, director of the Center for Research on SEAD Education at Virginia Tech. The day showcased the university's latest innovations from Virginia Tech's Creativity Innovation District, a new community designed to foster creative process, from idea creation to commercialization.

ACSA New Faculty Teaching Award 2017

feFebruary 2017

I have been selected as a recipient of the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA) 2016-2017 New Faculty Teaching Award. I will receive the award at the 105th ACSA Annual Meeting, March 23-25, in Detroit. This national-level award recognizes demonstrated excellence in teaching performance during the first ten academic semesters of a full-time architectural teaching career.

Natural Light & Architecture panel at Parsons School of Design

vOctober 26, 2016

I presented "Transparent Ambiguity: SANAA's Glass Pavilion in Toledo" and participated in the Natural Light & Architecture panel at Parsons School of Design. Other panelists were Davidson Norris from Carpenter Norris Consulting and Star Davis from Arup. The event was hosted by Glenn Shrum, Director of Parsons Lighting Design program and principal of Flux Studio.

DesignIntelligence 25 Most Admired Educators for 2016

vNovember 15, 2015

I have been named by DesignIntelligence one of the 25 Most Admired Educators for 2016. Each year, DesignIntelligence honors excellence in education and education administration by naming 25 exemplary professionals in these fields. The 2016 class of education role models was selected by DesignIntelligence staff with extensive input from thousands of design professionals, academic department heads, and students.

Making the Giraffe Path project wins a CORE77 award

vJuly 16, 2014

My collaborator Lynnette Widder and I received a 2014 Core77 Design Award in the Strategy and Research category. The jury commented, "We have entered a new era of urban design where amenities like parks and public spaces are finally getting the professional attention they deserve. This project is a bold attempt to open up the design of an engaging trail way that would connect five Northern Manhattan urban parks in ways that could make them as collectively engaging as New York’s High Line or Chicago’s Millennium Park."

Lantern Field wins 2013 AL Design Award

vAugust 2013

Lantern Field, an interactive light and sound art installation by my  team from Virginia Tech's Institute for Creativity, Arts and Technology, received an award from the Architectural Lighting magazine. The award, a Special Citation for Community Engagement with Light, was one of a dozen international winners.