Anya Sirota is an architectural designer and educator. As principal of the Detroit-based studio Akoaki, Sirota works at the intersection of architecture and urban design. Her projects exploring socio-spatial strategies for urban activation have received recognition in international exhibitions, with recent work featured at the Vitra Design Museum, the Saint Etienne Design Biennale, and the Chicago Cultural Center. She is the recipient of numerous awards including the Architectural League Prize (2018), the ACSA Faculty Design Award (2016), the SXSW Eco Place by Design Award (2015), and the R+D Award from Architect Magazine (2013). The work has prompted contribution to a breadth of international lectures, panels, workshops, and expositions addressing socially driven architectural practice and its impact on cities.
Sirota earned her Master in Architecture from Harvard’s Graduate School of Design, where she was awarded the Araldo Cossutta Prize for Design Excellence. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Modern Culture and Media from Brown University. She is currently tenured at the University of Michigan’s Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning, where she teaches architecture and urban design studios and directs the Michigan Architecture Preparatory program in Detroit. DesignIntelligence selected Sirota as One of 30 Most Admired Educators in 2013.