Any expedition begins with an invitation.

It's the entrance, the opportunity to step across the threshold into something new that sets the stage for everything to follow.

In the design work I do, I want to provide that invitation and the pathway of experiences that can help you shape a new story for your organization.

Changing how organizations function is a challenge.  Ultimately, the invitation, and the process that follows, should enable compelling shifts that lead to the creation of a new organizational mindset.

In the engagements I design, I seek to support you in creating deep organizational change by helping you create those shifts.  That takes time and effort of course, and is predicated on an inclusive process that supports and engages, pushes when necessary, and challenges people to think and act beyond the constraints of their current conditions and culture.  Creating a new organizational mindset means creating a new lens and worldview that is broader and sees differently, crafting a language capable of supporting that capacity, and growing a membership that possesses the skills and dispositions that support an ever-evolving capacity to grow and improve in a world that absolutely demands it.  

How we write that story together is what I am interested in.   How we create the conditions for making a difference is the challenge. How we do this together is the opportunity ahead.

Presentation Services:  In addition to design services, I do keynotes, spotlights, workshops and breakout sessions for conferences, schools and school district events.  Here are my scheduled upcoming events:

  • EdSpaces 2018, Tampa, Florida

  • Live Curious, Go Beyond 2019, Monterrey, Mexico

  • Learning Spaces Symposium, January 17, 2019 (Buffalo Grove, IL) and January 18, 2019 (Mahomet, IL)

  • Next Generation Leadership Through Design, WiscNet, December 12, 2018 (Eau Claire, WI) and April 10, 2019 (Stevens Point, WI).

Download my presentation services portfolio for more information.


Next up:  EdSpaces in Tampa, Florida for two presentations: Exploring the Future of Learning: Insights from an Educator-Designer and Reimagining School by Reimagining the Design Process (with Karina Ruiz, BRIC Architecture, Portland, OR)


Featured Client:  The American School Foundation of Monterrey, Monterrey Mexico.

David Jakes Designs has had the opportunity to partner with the American School Foundation of Monterrey on a number of occasions.  Our signature work together has been to developed a nuanced model of design that reflects their unique school and heritage.  The model, called ASFM L2E2, has been applied to a variety of school initiatives, including the development of a wide range of compelling learning spaces across their campus.  You can read more about our process of developing this model as well as its image here.

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Featured Client: Evergreen Public Schools, Vancouver, WA

David Jakes Designs is working with EPS to conduct a learning spaces pilot program (classrooms and library spaces) across their K-12 landscape. The pilot is examining how spatial redesign addresses their organizational of personalized learning. DJD is also assisting on the development of their elementary school footprint, as well as supporting organizational needs associated with a successful facilities referendum.



“This past year, I’ve traveled the globe, presented to thousands of educational leaders, and hosted over 57 schools/organizations to our school, and one topic of discussion always comes up, “David Jakes!” There are an abundance of educational consultants that claim to enhance school organizations, and then there is David Jakes, who actually does. If you’re ready to create an experience unlike any other for your students, staff, and school community, then David Jakes is your champion to make that experience a reality.”
— Glenn Robbins, Superintendent, Tabernacle Township Schools, Tabernacle, NJ #thenacle