Danielle Willkens

Danielle Willkens

Assistant Professor

104 Dudley Hall

Auburn, AL 36849


Doctor of Philosophy, University College London Bartlett School of Architecture, 2015
Master of Architecture, University of Virginia, 2008
Master of Philosophy in the History of Art & Architecture, University of Cambridge, 2006
Bachelor of Science with Honors in Architecture, University of Virginia, 2004

Danielle Willkens is an Assistant Professor of Architecture in the School of Architecture, Planning, and Landscape Architecture. She is a practicing designer, researcher, and educator 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. Most recently, she was the recipient of the Society of Architectural Historians’ H. Allen Brooks Travelling Fellowship. Between June 2016 and May 2017 she traveled to Iceland, the Faroe Islands, Cuba, and Japan to research the impact of tourism on cultural heritage sites; her research blog posts can be found here.

Willkens was the Project Manager for the Learning Barge, the University of Virginia’s innovative design/build project for a floating classroom and sustainable field station on the Elizabeth River. The project was funded by grants from the Environmental Protection Agency, the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards, Lowe's Charitable and Educational Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Vested in the cultivation of 'early intervention' architectural education, she has been working with Duke University’s Talent Identification Program (TIP) for several years. She was an Instructor for architecture courses in the Summer Studies program and as Independent Learning Curriculum Developer, she created an original course on architecture for gifted 5th–7th grade students that was launched in late 2014. Currently, she serves as an instructor for the summer sessions of the eStudies program for an original course entitled Architecture: Design & Reinvention.

Since she arrived at Auburn, she has been working with Associate Professor Junshan Liu from the McWhorter School of Building Science on a series of projects that record and represent the built environment through the use of 3D LiDAR scans, UAV photogrammetry, and digital modeling. Their work documenting the Rural Studio was featured in the 2016 Auburn Talks. Currently, she is working with Professor Liu and an interdisciplinary team from the McWhorter School of Building Science and the Department of History on 'Bringing History to Life', an experimental survey and modeling project digitally reconstructing an area south of the Edmund Pettus Bridge during the 'Bloody Sunday' events of March 7, 1965.