Danny Wills is a designer, educator, and researcher. He holds a Bachelor of Architecture from The Cooper Union where he was awarded the Best Thesis Award, as well as a Master of Design Theory and Pedagogy with Distinction from SCI-Arc. From 2013 - 2017 he was a lecturer at ETH Zurich and project architect, building several public and non-profit projects in Cape Town, Barcelona, Budapest, and San Francisco, along with holding various participatory workshops throughout Europe and the US. From 2018 - 2019 he was teaching advanced studios and leading design-build projects at the International Program in Design and Architecture at Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok.
Danny co-founded Space Saloon in 2017, a non-profit design laboratory dedicated to the crafting of collaborative hands-on experiences. Space Saloon holds its annual “community-in-residence” festival in Southern California, which acts as a platform for both professional artists and architects, as well as young developing designers, to realize site-specific projects.
Danny's current work explores the potentials of emerging technologies on-site and environmental analysis, developing novel methods of knowledge production and visualization. His professional and teaching work utilizes techniques of photogrammetry, atmospheric sensing tools, computer programming, and virtual and augmented reality, reconstructing physical sites into new imaginative realities. His work has been published in CLOG, BLDG BLOG, JAE and exhibited in the Istanbul Design Biennial, the Lisbon Architecture Triennale, and the Storefront for Art and Architecture in NYC.