Danielle S. Willkens, Assoc. AIA , FRSA, LEED AP BD+C
I am a practicing architectural designer and historian, currently serving as an Assistant Professor of Architecture at Auburn University. I have conducted research on sustainable architecture and educational environments as well as historic preservation and interpretation at UNESCO World Heritage sites. As a designer and researcher, my work has been featured in the Journal of Architectural Education, CRIT, the Washington Post, and has been presented at the Thomas Jefferson Foundation and Sir John Soane's Museum. As an avid photographer and illustrator, I was the winner of the American Institute of Architects National Photography Competition in 2011 and I received 3rd place in 2017 and Honorable Mention in 2013. I have also contributed original graphics to several exhibitions and publications.
In the world of design/build, I was the Project Manager for the Learning Barge, an innovative floating classroom and sustainable field station for the Elizabeth River Project that was funded, in part, by grants from the Environmental Protection Agency, National Council of Architectural Registration Boards, Lowe's Charitable and Educational Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts.
Vested in the development of architectural education, I was a foundation studio instructor for the undergraduate B.S. in Architecture program at the University of Virginia, an interior design and history instructor at Regent's University London and a teaching assistant in the School of History at Queen Mary, University of London. I have also worked with the Duke TIP program for several years as an Academic Coordinator and Architecture Instructor in their Summer Studies Program. In late 2014, after three years of development, TIP launched a new, Independent Learning curriculum that I designed: an architecture course that uses buildings across the globe as lenses to read stories of social and cultural history. I lead an online summer enrichment course for TIP on adaptive reuse, launched in 2015, and in the summer of 2017 we expanded to two sections!
PhD, University College London
Bartlett School of Architecture, 2015
Graduate Certificate in Historic Preservation, SCAD, 2011
M.Arch, University of Virginia, 2008
M.Phil in the History of Art & Architecture
University of Cambridge, 2006
BS in Architecture with Honors
University of Virginia, 2004
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