Danielle Willkens

Assistant Professor


Ph.D. in Architectural History & Theory, The Bartlett School of Architecture, University College London (2015)
Savannah College of Art & Design, Graduate Certificate in Historic Preservation (2011)
M. Arch, University of Virginia (2008)
M. Phil in the History of Art and Architecture, University of Cambridge, St. John’s College (2006)
B.S. in Architecture and Architectural History University of Virginia (2004)


Architectural History, 3D Scanning, UAVs (drones), Spatial Visualization


Danielle Willkens Assoc. AIA, FRSA, LEED AP BD+C is a practicing designer, researcher, and FAA Certified Remote Pilot who is particularly interested in bringing architectural engagement to diverse audiences through interactive projects. Her experiences in practice and research include design/build projects, public installations, and on-site investigations as well as extensive archival work in several countries. As an avid photographer and illustrator, her work has been recognized in the American Institute of Architects National Photography Competition and she has contributed graphics to several exhibitions and publications.  She was the 2015 recipient of the Society of Architectural Historians' H. Allen Brooks Travelling Fellowship and her research into transatlantic design exchange has been supported by the Sir John Soane’s Museum Foundation, the International Center for Jefferson Studies, and an American Philosophical Society Franklin Research Grant. She is a member of the Board of Trustees for the Atlanta Preservation Center, and a member of the Education Committee for the Institute of Classical Architecture and Art’s Southeast chapter. 

2021  American Institute of Architecture Students (AIAS) Educator Honor Award

2021  Georgia Institute of Technology, School of Architecture Dean William L. Fash Award for Teaching Excellence

2021  Georgia Institute of Technology, Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL)/BP America Junior Faculty Teaching Excellence Award

2021  Georgia Institute of Technology, Spring 2021 Student Recognition of Excellence in Teaching: Class of 1934 CIOS Honor Roll

2017-2018 Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA) / American Institute of Architecture Students (AIAS) New Faculty Teaching Award

2015 Society of Architectural Historians’ H. Allen Brooks Travelling Fellowship “Immersive Islands: sustainable tourism and cultural heritage in Iceland, Cuba, and Japan”    

Research blog reports 


“Walking in the Footsteps of History” at the 2022 ACCelerate Creativity + Innovation Festival at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History

(2019-2022) National Park Service African American Civil Rights (AACR) Grant Program, “Historic Structures Report for the Edmund Pettus Bridge,” Co-PI with Auburn University Associate Professor Junshan Liu

(2021-2023) National Center for Preservation Training and Technology (NCPTT), “Archival Layers and Public Interpretation for Heritage BIM: Two Atlanta Case Studies"

(2021-2026)  National Park Service CESU Preserving our Historic Structures: NPS Southeast Region (SER) Parks Cultural Resources Research and Inventory

Digital documentation and accessible interpretation for the USS Drum at the USS Alabama Battleship Memorial Park


Willkens, Danielle. Architecture for Teens: A Beginner’s Book for Aspiring Architects. New York, NY: Rockridge Press, 2021.

(forthcoming) Willkens, Danielle. The Transatlantic Design Network: Jefferson, Soane, and agents of architectural exchange, 1768-1838. Charlottesville, VA: University of Virginia Press, exp. 2022.

(In production) Willkens, Danielle. “Sir John Soane.” Oxford Bibliographies in "Architecture Studies." New York: Oxford University Press, expected late spring 2022.

(forthcoming) Willkens, Danielle. “Domestic Architecture in Diagram: Fiske Kimball as Architect-Historian and the Case for Spatial Analysis.” In Fiske and Marie Kimball: Shaping Our Experience of Buildings and Objects (TBC), edited by Marie Frank. Charlottesville, VA: University of Virginia Press, exp. 2023.

(In production) Willkens, Danielle. “The Craft and Care of Reality Capture” Buildings and Landscapes 29.2 (exp. fall 2022): TBC.

Willkens, Danielle. “The Epistolary Polygraph.” In Extinct: A Compendium of Obsolete Objects, edited by Barbara Penner, Adrian Forty, Miranda Critchley, and Olivia Horsfall Turner, 181-184. London: Reaktion, 2021.

Willkens, Danielle. “The Curious Homes and Collections of Jefferson and Soane.” In Connective Tissue: Ten Essays by University of Virginia Kenan Fellows 2001-2016, edited by Peter Waldman, 127-158. San Francisco, CA: Oro Editions, 2021.

Willkens, Danielle. “Design by ‘considerable degree’: Jefferson’s Architecture as Applied Science.” Transactions of the American Philosophical Society v.110 p.2 (2021): 167-194.

Willkens, Danielle, Heather Haley, and Junshan Liu. “Race, Space, and Digital Interpretation at Selma’s Old Depot Museum.” ARRIS 31 (2021): 108-118.

Willkens, Danielle. “Clouds and Cataracts: atmospheric experiments at Sir John Soane’s Museum.” TAD: Open 3:2 (2019): 211-220.

"Reading a Building” + "Architecture and the Environment” (2019) SAH Archipedia and NEH Edsitement!,  architecturally focused Curriculum Units consisting of lesson plans for K-12

Willkens, Danielle. “Capital and Carbon: Testing the Limits of Tourism in Iceland.” Urban Transcripts 2: 1 (2019).

Willkens, Danielle. “Ruins and renewal in Cuba.” The Architectural Historian 6 (2018): 4-8.

Willkens, Danielle. “Of Time and Place [and Technology]: documenting Hale County.” Dialectic V: The Figure of Vernacular in Architectural Imagination (2017): 81-92.

Willkens, Danielle. “Monuments in Mountains.” Lobby: Faith 5 (Autumn 2016).

Willkens, Danielle. “Reading Words and Images in the Description(s) of Sir John Soane’s Museum.” Architectural Histories 4 (1): 5, Building-Word-Image Special Collection (2016): 1-22.