Ed Akins II graduated with a Master of Architecture Degree in 1996 from the Georgia Institute of Technology. He has worked locally with Atlanta communities to achieve LCI grants and with the Architecture firms Thompson Ventulett Stainback and Smith Dalia Architects. Since 2002, he has taught at both the Georgia Institute of Technology and at Southern Polytechnic State University, where he is currently an Assistant Professor and Coordinator of Environmental Technologies. In 2004 he developed an elective at Georgia Tech titled, Natural Systems, and at SPSU he applies these interests to the instruction of Mechanical Systems and Human Comfort. Through local art installations, his own Architectural practice, and as the co-author of conference papers on reparative planning and solar accommodation in design, Ed continues to expose and explore the delicate relationship between human occupation and nature. Ed was a lead partner for the Atlanta Sustainable Building Ordinance (ASBO) in 2009 and the moderator for Atlanta's AIA+ARCH2030 Sessions in 2011. He has received multiple certificates of service from AIA and was the recipient of the Emerging Professional Award in 2007 from AIA Georgia, the Emerging Voices Award in 2008 from AIA Atlanta's YAF chapter, and the recipient of AIA Atlanta's John A. Busby Medal in 2010.