Akira graduated from the University of Western Australia with a Masters of Architecture with High Distinction in 2012. Her final thesis project investigated the adaptation of a degraded Fremantle building and surrounding landscape marked by complex historical and site conditions. She was shortlisted for awards including the Ferguson Travel Scholarship and the Architects Board Graduate Award.
Her experience in private practice includes housing, community and education projects and in addition to this she has tutored at UWA in a first year design studio and history unit.
Beyond the workplace she has participated in a construction project in Nepal with Architects Without Frontiers in 2013 and in 2014 was part of a team who researched “Fremantle as a Neighbourhood of Learning” as part of the Mayfield Project run by CEFPI.
Akira is particularly interested in the role that architecture plays in creating environments for learning and continues to hold an interest in adaptation of existing buildings.