Edwin Akins, an assistant professor in the Architecture Department, was recently interviewed by the American Institute of Architects (AIA) for a question-and-answer feature on the institute’s Web site.
The interview focused on what it has meant to be both an architect and a professor and how he has worked to bridge these two careers. Read full text.
AIA also asked Prof. Akins to contrast how architecture students are taught to practice or design today, compared to how he was taught. “Although it seems that every year a new method or tool for drafting, modeling or measuring is developed, the education of an architect is anchored in an understanding of process and method and, as such, our foremost obligation to students remains unchanged,” he replied.
He also noted that the availability of information has evolved since he was in school, and students now have easier access to it.
Prof. Akins has been an assistant professor at SPSU since 2009 and continues to practice architecture. He is an active member of the AIA and has his own firm, Matter Architecture.