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Danielle S. Willkens

“From Plantation to Protest: Visualizing Cultural Landscapes of Conflict in the American South”

Danielle Willkens.

Mellon History Teaching Fellow in Landscape Studies, Fall

Expanding upon an ongoing project about Bloody Sunday and the documentation of deteriorating sites in Selma, Alabama, to the civil rights movement, this project will explore sites of conflict in Atlanta, Memphis, Washington, DC, Richmond, and Charlottesville. The sponsored project will be threefold: (1) instructional and student-deliverable reflection and development based on the spring 2021 iteration of the course “Race, Space, and Architecture in the United States”; (2) archival research and literature review; and (3) documentation and development of visual materials for future iterations of the course as well as online platforms with project partners.

Danielle Willkens, Assoc. AIA, FRSA, LEED AP BD+C, is an assistant professor at Georgia Institute of Technology’s School of Architecture and an FAA-certified remote pilot. She was the 2015 Society of Architectural Historians’ H. Allen Brooks Travelling Fellow and her practice experience includes design/build, heritage interpretation, advanced historic visualizations, and preservation. Her research has been supported by the Sir John Soane’s Museum Foundation, the International Center for Jefferson Studies, an American Philosophical Society Franklin Research Grant, and the NPS’s African American Civil Rights Grant program. She is on the Board of Trustees for the Atlanta Preservation Center.