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Daniel Willis RA
Stuckeman Professor of Advanced Design Studies; Professor, Tenured
Portrait of Daniel Willis
Department of Architecture
330 Stuckeman

Daniel Willis is interested in the relationship between architecture and technological change; architectural theories of details and construction methods; and historical and future trends in architectural practice and education. His creative work focuses on architectural drawing and design with an emphasis on details.


  • M.S. in Architecture, The Pennsylvania State University
  • B. Arch., Carnegie Mellon University

Courses Taught

  • ARCH 331: Architectural Design III


Relationships between time, space and substance in architecture; materiality and processes of making; politics, economics and ethics of architecture and technology; and theories of drawing and representation.

Publications include: The Emerald City and Other Essays on the Architectural Imagination, 1999 (Princeton Architectural Press), Architecture and Energy: Performance and Style, 2014 (Routledge), and Energy Accounts: Architectural Representations of Climate, Energy, and the Future, 2016 (Routledge).

Honors + Awards

  • 2010, The Dr. James Robinson Equal Opportunity Award, Penn State.
  • 2000, Department nominee for College of Arts and Architecture Teaching Award, Penn State.
  • 1999, Middle Pennsylvania Chapter Silver Medal AIA Design Award, November. L. D. Astorino & Associates Recreation Building Main Gymnasium Renovations, Penn State.
  • 1999, Middle Pennsylvania Chapter AIA Research Award, November, The Emerald City and Other Essays Princeton Architectural Press.
  • 1990, Competition-winning Project: Landscapes of the 21st Century Competition, Landscape Architecture magazine, Edgar Allan Poe Memorial December.
  • 1990, Competition-winning Project: Project Atlas International Competition-Forum, The Storefront for Art & Architecture, New York, September.
  • 1989, Hugh Ferriss Memorial Prize for Excellence in the Graphic Representation of Architecture, October.

CV + Files + Links

photo of Dan Willis's work
photo of Dan Willis's work
photo of Dan Willis's work
photo of Dan Willis's work
photo of Dan Willis's work