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. 

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 

(Anticipated 2020) Willkens, Danielle. The Transatlantic Design Network: Jefferson, Soane, and agents of architectural exchange, 1768-1838. Charlottesville, VA: University of Virginia Press.

(Forthcoming) Willkens, Danielle. “Design by ‘considerable degree’: Jefferson’s architecture as applied science.” Proceedings of the American Philosophical Society (2019).

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

(Forthcoming) “Reading a Building” + ““Architecture Working with the Environment” (2019) SAH Archipedia and NEH Edsitement! A series of architecturally-focused 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.