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Assistant Professor, Georgia Institute of Technology
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architecture, architectural design, architectural history, historic preservation, cultural heritage, sustainability, design research, museums, architectural photography, historical interpretation, women in architecture
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Dr. Danielle S. Willkens, Associate AIA, FRSA, LEED AP BD+C, is an Assistant Professor of Architecture at Georgia Institute of Technology. She is a practicing designer, researcher, and FAA Certified Remote Pilot who is particularly interested in bringing architectural engagement to diverse audiences through interactive projects. 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 currently working on a Historic Structures Report for the National Historic Landmark (2011) of the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, AL and was a fall 2021 Mellon History Teaching Fellow in Landscape Studies at Dumbarton Oaks pursing the project, “From Plantation to Protest: Visualizing Cultural Landscapes of Conflict in the American South.”


She is the author of Architecture for Teens: A Beginner’s Book for Aspiring Architects (2021) and proudly serves on the Board of Trustees for the Atlanta Preservation Center.

Recent Publications
Willkens, Danielle. The Transatlantic Design Network: Jefferson, Soane, and agents of architectural exchange, 1768-1838. Charlottesville, VA: University of Virginia Press, 2019. (forthcoming book under advanced contract).

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

Willkens, Danielle. “Sir John Soane.” Oxford Bibliographies in “Architecture Studies.” New York: Oxford University Press, expected spring 2022.

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.

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.

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

Willkens, Danielle, Richard Burt, Junshan Liu, Keith Hebert, David Carter, and Heather Haley, “Bringing History to Life: a digital reconstruction of Selma’s ‘Bloody Sunday’.“ Auburn Research 2 (Spring 2018): 14-16.

Willkens, Danielle, Richard Burt, Junshan Liu, Keith Hebert, David Carter, and Heather Haley, “Bringing History to Life: a digital reconstruction of Selma’s ‘Bloody Sunday’.“ Auburn Research 2.
Willkens, Danielle. “Capital and Carbon: Testing the Limits of Tourism in Iceland.” Urban Transcripts 2: 1 (2018).
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. “Bringing History to Life: LiDAR and digital modeling for the Spatial Reconstruction of Selma’s ‘Bloody Sunday’ on the Edmund Pettus Bridge.” Proceedings of BRIDGE: the Heritage of Connecting Places and Cultures, 2017.

Willkens, Danielle. “A Year as the SAH H. Allen Brooks Travelling Fellow: Reflections on Travel, Time, and Technology.” Publications and Research (blog), Society of Architectural Historians (SAH), July 14, 2017.
Willkens, Danielle. “From Edo to 21st-Century Tokyo: A New ‘Floating World’.” Publications and Research (blog), SAH, June 19, 2017.
Willkens, Danielle. “Railroads and Reconstructions: Transportation as a Tourism Conduit in Central Honshu.” Publications and Research (blog), SAH, May 8, 2017.
Willkens, Danielle. ”Reclaimed: Sites of Conflict, Industry, and Population Change in Japan.” Publications and Research (blog), SAH, April 3, 2017.
Willkens, Danielle. ”Cities and Celebrations in Snow: an Introduction to Tourism in Japan.” Publications and Research (blog), SAH, March 8, 2017.
Willkens, Danielle. ”Prados and Plazas: Investigations into the Cultural Resources and Key Urban Elements of the Island.” Publications and Research (blog), Society of Architectural Historians, February 13, 2017.
Willkens, Danielle. “New Year Interlude: Two Architectural Pilgrimages.” Publications and Research (blog), SAH, January 12, 2017.
Willkens, Danielle. “Scaffolding and a City in Section: an Introduction to La Habana.” Publications and Research (blog), SAH, December 5, 2016.
Willkens, Danielle. “Connectivity and ‘Green’ Craft: Exploring the Infrastructure and Architecture of the Faroe Islands.Publications and Research (blog), SAH, October 25, 2016.
Willkens, Danielle. “Fjords and Repurposed Sites: Explorations around Iceland’s Ring Road.” Publications and Research (blog), SAH, October 4, 2016.
Willkens, Danielle. “Overcrowded Sites and Unexpected Voids: The Extremes of Tourism in Iceland and the Faroe Islands.” Publications and Research (blog), SAH, September 2, 2016.
Willkens, Danielle. “Museums In and Out of Doors: Curating Art, History, and Nature on the Island.” Publications and Research (blog), SAH, August 2, 2016.
Willkens, Danielle. “Concrete, Churches, and Cirrostratus in Reykjavík: An Introduction to Iceland.” Publications and Research (blog), SAH, July 6, 2016.
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, DOI:
Willkens, Danielle. “Epistolary Architecture: the Transatlantic Design Network, 1768-1838.” On Site review: on writing, or not 34 (2016): 4-11. Available online:
Media Coverage
Country Focus
United States
Expertise by Geography
Atlantic, England, Japan, United Kingdom, United States
Expertise by Chronology
4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
Expertise by Topic
American Founding Era, Art & Architectural History, Environment, Material Culture, Museums, Urban History, Women