Master of Architecture, University of California, Los Angeles
Bachelor of Environmental Design, Miami University, Oxford, Ohio
Alfred State College, 2014-present
Courses taught: Thesis Definition, Thesis Development, Historical Preservation Studio, Interior Design Studio 2, Environmental Controls, Construction Technology 1 Lab and Construction Technology 2 Lecture, Color Lighting and Acoustics, Furniture and Finishes,
Prior to teaching at Alfred State, Professor Akiyama managed her own architectural firm. In the early years, the work of the firm focused mainly on residential design and small commercial projects. In the 1990s, Professor Akiyama developed a base of civic clients and began to manage public projects, over 50 in all. Projects ranged in value from from $50,000 to $85 million and included museums, historical preservation, waterfront projects, urban design projects and city parks.
Projects design by Akiyama Architects, Inc. have been published in Better Homes and Gardens magazines and Valley Magazine.
Professor Akiyama served on the Board of Women Escaping a Violent Environment (WEAVE) in Sacramento for two years prior to teaching at Alfred State. She also donated architectural services for a memorial garden and new football stadium complex for the San Juan Unified School District in Sacramento.
Professor Akiyama continues her education through professional development courses in accessibility and green building methods.