Annicia Streete is an assistant professor in the LSU School of Architecture. Annicia was born in Trinidad and Tobago, located in the southern Caribbean, and immigrated to the United States to pursue her education and career in the architecture profession. Her academic and professional background is multi-disciplinary, earning her Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering with an emphasis in Structures at the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology and a Master of Architecture at the University of Colorado Denver. This background has afforded her the opportunity to teach and practice across the architecture, construction, and engineering fields over the past fourteen years.
Q: What do you love about teaching architecture?
A: I love that teaching architecture gives an opportunity for both student and teacher, and I will add practitioner (as they continue to teach our students in practice), to think about the future of our built environment. Not as in becoming inundated with the issues of the built environment that the discipline must address, but it is an opportunity to carefully consider, imagine, act and realize the hopes of many as we consider making space for people to dwell, work, play etc. It is a wonderful challenge.
Q: What do you hope the students will learn?
A: Before learning anything specific in regarding theory of architecture, I hope students would first recognize the agency of architecture. The ability architecture has in affecting the daily lives of everyone on this planet. It is not just about designing “pretty” and “glamorous” buildings. Architecture is capable of so much more when done thoughtfully and responsibly. When we think of how we interact with the built environment, it is capable of improving the lives of many socially, historically and culturally to preface a few ways.
Q: Why are you interested in conducting research in Louisiana?
A: I am from Trinidad and Tobago, a twin island republic in the Southern Caribbean. As I have been learning about Louisiana over the last few years and more with my recent move, the overlaps I have been discovering between both places have been tremendous. From coastal environmental issues to historical issues of the built environment that have manifested and continue to manifest themselves to present day. Architecture is also a discipline that thrives on collaboration, it is in most cases better because of collaboration, so the opportunity to research, work and collaborate within the overlaps of both regions, and with academic entities within the university that are engaging in related studies is paramount and very exciting.
Q: Anything else you’d like to add?
A: I am passionate about architecture, my students, and the work that I do in this field. My contribution to architecture as an academic and previous practitioner is dear to me and I carry it with great commission. I am honored and thankful for this opportunity.