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Professor Sakai Faculty Spotlight Q&A

Professor Sakai

Professor Atsuko Sakai is a faculty member in the Honors College who enjoys teaching courses in Acquisition of Knowledge, Geographic Perspectives - Japan, Mandala: The Art and Science of Composition, and Design Formula: Human/Nature/Objects/Ideas, and Illumination - Installation: Playing with Light and Shadow. She has her Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Design and a Master's in Architecture. When she is not teaching in the Honors College, you can find her traveling, trying new cuisines, and making art. Check out the question-and-answer below to learn more about Professor Sakai.

1) What is your educational/research background?
Architecture (M. Arch.) from the University of New Mexico and Environmental Design (B.A.) from Kyoto City University of Arts.

2) What is your favorite area of study/research?
Neuroscience in art, design, architecture, education, and creativity.

3) How many years have you been working in the Honors College?
One year. Since the fall of 2016.

4) What are all of the classes you teach in the Honors College?
Acquisition of Knowledge, Geographic Perspectives - Japan, Mandala: The Art and Science of Composition, and Design Formula: Human/Nature/Objects/Ideas, and Illumination - Installation: Playing with Light and Shadow.

5) What is your favorite class that you teach at the Honors College?
I like them all—they are all very different!

6) What is one lesson you want all of your students to take away from studying your course?
Enjoy the ride—whatever you do.

7) What do you like about being a faculty member in the Honors College?
Close community of all of our members including students, faculty, advisors, administrators, staff and the team at the Office of National Scholarships.

8) What activities do you like to do for fun when you're not teaching in the Honors College?
Making a mess! I really enjoy art and traveling, both in cities, for cultural explorations, and outdoors such as camping and fishing; or a hot spring tour with good food in Japan—very relaxing!