DLR Group adds practice leaders in Chicago
Designer Jason Lembke, AIA, to lead K-12 design in Chicago; Public safety expert Jake Davis, AIA, will lead Justice+Civic practice.
K-12 education designer Jason Lembke, AIA, LEED AP, and public safety expert Jake Davis, AIA, LEED AP, have joined DLR Group. The pair adds experienced design leadership for the firm in Chicago. Each is charged with leading and growing the firm’s K-12 Education and Justice+Civic practices in Illinois and throughout the upper Midwest.
A proven client leader, Lembke brings 14 years of experience in planning, programming, and design of new construction and facility modernizations/ renovations for a variety of school districts. During his career, Lembke has led successful referendum campaigns and authored winning grant applications to secure funding.
“Jason Lembke brings a bold vision for innovative learning environments and is an expert in 21st Century school design,” said DLR Group Senior Principal Tom Gerster, AIA, North Central Regional Leader. “His relationships, portfolio, and commitment to sustainable design elevates DLR Group’s presence in Chicago and the state of Illinois.
“Schools are examining creative ways to develop their students into future leaders through instruction and curriculum,” said Lembke. “Thoughtful design is the best response to foster those vital, yet sometimes subtle, nuances in local educational needs.”
In the roles of business development leader, client leader, and project manager, Davis has led project teams to program and design a variety of public safety and justice building types. He will collaborate with clients to design sustainable, flexible facilities to meet the needs of communities in Illinois, Indiana Minnesota, Ohio, Michigan, North Dakota, and Wisconsin.
“Jake Davis understands that communities must receive a return on the investment made in public facilities,” said Gerster. “He understands how to build consensus and get large, multi-functional justice center projects moving forward for clients.”
“The Justice and Public Safety sector has pent up demand,” said Davis. “DLR Group has the resources and expertise to deliver highly functional, yet flexible law enforcement facilities that clients can operate more efficiently than existing facilities.”
About DLR Group
DLR Group is an integrated design firm providing architecture, engineering, planning, interior design, and sustainable consulting from offices coast-to-coast and in China. Core areas of design expertise include Civic, Courts, Energy Services, Higher Education, Hospitality, Justice, K-12 Education, Retail, Sports, and Workplace. Our promise is to elevate the human experience through design. This promise inspires sustainable design for a diverse group of public and private sector clients; local communities; and our planet. DLR Group fully supports the initiatives and goals of the 2030 Challenge and is an initial signatory to the AIA 2030 Commitment. Visit dlrgroup.com and follow us at LinkedIn and Twitter.