Akiko Busch’s writings—books and essays in publications ranging from Metropolis to The New York Times—weave together design, culture, and nature to address things like the geography of the home, citizen science, and the lives of objects.
Busch is the author of Geography of Home, The Uncommon Life of Common Objects, and Nine Ways to Cross a River. The Incidental Steward, her collection of essays about citizen science and stewardship, was published by Yale University Press in 2013 and awarded an Honorable Mention in the Natural History Literature category of 2013 National Outdoor Book Awards. She was a contributing editor at Metropolis magazine for twenty years, and her essays have appeared in numerous national magazines, newspapers, and exhibition catalogues. She has taught previously at the University of Hartford and the School of Visual Arts. Her work has been recognized by grants from the Furthermore Foundation, NYFA, and Civitella Ranieri. Busch was a visiting faculty member at Bennington for Spring 2008, and was a recurring visitor from Fall 2014 through Fall 2020.