Tuesday, December 12, 2017
It has been an exciting year for Dan Willis. In addition to celebrating his thirtieth anniversary as professor of architecture at Penn State, Willis was awarded the Stuckeman Endowed Professorship for Advanced Design Studies (ADS), a two-year appointment in the Stuckeman School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture. The intent of this professorship is to enable the faculty member to embark on or complete a project that will benefit from having focused time. Willis, who will hold the professorship through June 2019, will utilize his ADS funding for a teaching release so he has time to write not one, but two books.
The first book coincides with a new program Willis created within the Department of Architecture: Stuckeman Sustainable Urban Density Studios (SSUDS). The book will be titled Delivering Density: Strategies and New Typologies for Sustainable Cities, and will illustrate how dense urban environments are inherently more sustainable than other settlement patterns. The work will provide a focus on the design of tall buildings, their interaction with the surrounding environment, and their creative use of space. Willis hopes that by presenting a compelling vision of future buildings and cities, the book will contribute to the implementation of more sustainable urban and architectural designs.