Ms. Akira Drake Rodriguez (Uh-keer-uh)

Asst Prof

LocationPhiladelphia, PA

Preferred pronounshe/her

Email address

Telephone number2157463383

Twitter account@akiradrake

Headshot of Akira Drake Rodriguez

Biographical information

Akira Drake Rodriguez is an assistant professor at the University of Pennsylvania’s Weitzman School of Design. Her research examines the ways that disenfranchised groups re-appropriate their marginalized spaces in the city to gain access to and sustain urban political power. She is the author of Diverging Space for Deviants: The Politics of Atlanta’s Public Housing, which explores how the politics of public housing planning and race in Atlanta created a politics of resistance within its public housing developments. She is also the lead author of A Green New Deal for K-12 Schools, through her work with the climate + community project. She has received funding from the Spencer Foundation and the University of Pennsylvania’s Environmental Innovation Initiative to support her work around school facilities planning in Philadelphia public schools.