FMJ interviewed Vizcaya’s Senior Director of Facilities

Photo of Martha Akins, Senior Director of Facilities, Vizcaya Museum and Gardens. A female who is smiling and wearing a coral color blouse with collar. Photo taken standing in Vizcaya's Courtyard of the Main House.

November/December, 2022

FMJ, Facility Management Journal

International Facility Management Association


an interview of MARTHA AKINS, Vizcaya Museum and Gardens, Miami, Florida, USA

Nestled on 50 acres near Miami, Florida, USA, Vizcaya Museum and Gardens offers a breathtaking glimpse into the Gilded Age. The site, completed in 1923, is home to a dozen architecturally significant buildings influenced by Italian Renaissance and Mediterranean styles. Martha Akins and her FM team face unique challenges with architecture, elements, visitors and historic preservation limitations.

FMJ: Tell us about yourself and how you got into FM.
AKINS: I came to facility management in what I would consider a non-traditional progression; however, my strengths and experience throughout my career have brought me to this unexpected place.

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