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APLA Welcomes New Faculty—Fall 2014

New Adjunct Faculty

Il Kim, Korean born and raised in Tokyo, received his BA in architecture from Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music, and M. Phil and PhD (2010) in art/architectural history from Columbia University’s Department of Art History and Archaeology. His dissertation, entitled “Cult of Light in Fifteenth Century Italian Renaissance Architecture,” focuses on the intellectual relationship between Leon Battista Alberti and his contemporary philosopher/theologian Nicholas of Cusa. He has published several essays related to the topic, and is working on a book based on his dissertation. Il has been practicing architectural design in Japan, and his work has been published both in Japan and the U.S. As an architectural/landscape book editor, he worked on The New American House series and Spacemaker Press publications. An expert in Japanese art and design, Il spent three years co-editing the catalogue raisonné of the Burke Foundation in New York City, the most important Japanese art and design collection outside Japan in private hands. The catalogue, Art Through a Lifetime: The Mary Griggs Burke Collection (distributed by Washington University Press), was published in December 2013. Before joining our faculty, Il taught Western art/architectural history at Columbia University, Japanese art/architectural history at Kean University, and design history at Pratt institute. In Spring 2015, he will teach a seminar entitled “Concepts of Design,” discussing a range of concepts that have been shared by practitioners in various fields of design since ca. 1800 and being refocused today.

Danielle Willkens, Associate AIA, FRSA, is a practicing designer, researcher, and educator. Bridging the connected, although frequently disparate, disciplines of architectural history and architectural design, Danielle is particularly interested in engaging diverse audiences in architectural participation through interactive projects that challenge traditional modes of research dissemination and integrate practice-based investigations. Her previous work includes serving as a Project Manager for an innovative floating classroom, a digital visualization researcher at a UNESCO World Heritage site, an instructor for a series of design courses for gifted teenagers, and a research fellow at both the International Center for Jefferson Studies and the Sir John Soane’s Museum Foundation. She is a PhD candidate at the Bartlett School of Architecture, University College London, and she holds a M.Arch and BS in Architecture with Honors from the University of Virginia, a M.Phil in the History of Art & Architecture from the University of Cambridge, St John’s College, and a Graduate Certificate in Historic Preservation from the Savannah College of Art and Design.