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Dr. Danielle Willkens Talks Architecture with Teens in Atlanta

by SAH News | Apr 20, 2021
On Saturday, April 17th, Dr. Danielle Willkens participated in a Teen Jam program conducted by the Museum of Design Atlanta.  

The program asks, "Do you have a favorite building? Maybe you’ve visited the building multiple times or maybe you’ve only seen it in pictures, but there is something about that place that has captured your attention. In this presentation, we'll start to explore how to 'read' buildings. Works of architecture have the wonderful ability to speak across the ages in order to give us clues about the people, values, and priorities of different cultures and eras! We will also explore some digital design tools."

In this Teen Jam, an outreach program of the Museum of  Design Atlanta, Dr. Danielle Willkens,  a practicing designer, researcher, and FAA Certified Remote Pilot brought architectural engagement to diverse audiences through interactive projects.

More About MODA Teen Jams:
Students are invited to actively engage with designers from various backgrounds during a 2-hour workshop. Each month a designer will speak about their work, answer questions students might have, and help lead participants through an activity based on their field.

About Dr. Danielle Willkens:
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.  

Danielle Willkens joined SAH in in 2007.  In addition to the H. Allen Brooks Travelling Fellowship, she has also received an SAH Southeast Chapter International Conference Fellowship, a Scott Opler Emerging Scholar Fellowship, and an Opler Membership Grant for Emerging Professionals.  She served as a Session Chair at the 2018 SAH Annual Conference in Saint Paul, and currently serves on the SAH Digital Advisory Committee.  
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