Elgin Cleckley, NOMA, is an assistant professor of architecture and design at the University of Virginia (UVa) with appointments in the Schools of Education and Nursing. He is the principal of _mpathic design, an internationally recognized, award-winning pedagogy, initiative, and professional practice, detailed in a new book with Island Press, Empathic Design: Perspectives on Creating Inclusive Spaces. Elgin received UVa’s Alumni Board of Trustees Teaching Award (the highest teaching award an assistant professor can receive), UVa’s Distinguished Public Scholar Award, and the Armstead Robinson Faculty Award. He has received three Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture Awards—for Creative Achievement, Diversity Achievement, and Faculty Design (Honorable Mention). He was nominated for a State Council of Higher Education for Virginia Outstanding Faculty Award, received a US Department of Education Blue Ribbon Award, Campus Compact Virginia’s Community Engagement Award, and an AIA Virginia Award. His scholarship is recognized by a Dumbarton Oaks Mellon Fellowship in Urban Landscape Studies / Harvard University and design fellowships at MacDowell, Loghaven, Anderson Center at Tower View, Good Hart, and Art Omi.