Dr Anke Jakob


I am an interdisciplinary design researcher and practitioner, specialising in multi-sensory experiences and therapeutic environments. I am interested in exploring the value of materials, light and digital technology in this context, and how optimisation of sensory experiences through design can positively impact our well-being.

Since I joined Kingston University, I have been Principal Investigator on a major research project funded through an AHRC Early Career Research Grant, embarked on several research funding bids in collaboration with other academic institutions and partner organisations from industry, and supported Design research activities and events at KSA.

A textile designer by trade, I practised in Textile Industry and Design before embarking on interdisciplinary projects and research involving digital media and spatial design.

Besides academic engagements I  co-directed an architecture and design practice for 10 years, focusing on the design of architectural surfaces; including applied material, digital technology, light, and ornament in the built environment.

Academic responsibilities



  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (2020)
  • PhD Design (Bath Spa University, 2007)
  • MA Textile Design (Central St Martins College of Art & Design, UAL, 1996)
  • Diplom (Master) Textile and Fashion Design (Burg Giebichenstein - University of Art & Design Halle, Germany, 1991)

Teaching and learning

I currently teach on the Sustainable Design master course in Design School supporting the students through the delivery of teaching activities, tutorials, and formative and summative feedback during the following modules:

Design for Social Innovation DE7502 (Module leader) - Design for Social Innovation is the emerging mode of design practice and theory in which Design Thinking is applied to social and societal challenges. Students are introduced to user-centred design research and research methods (including ethnographic design, participatory design), and develop design outcomes based on their research.   

Creative Futures DE7301 – This module seeks to enable students to develop an informed approach and clear focus to their future careers as creative practitioners. The first half of the module is dedicated to the Practical Project with students working in interdisciplinary groups across the Design School's post-graduate framework to specific live briefs. Here, I teach on the Designing for self-management of stroke recovery project where we work with stroke survivors participating and co-designing in the students' design development. In the second half of the module focuses on developing a detailed Proposal for the Major Project that students work on in TB3.

The Major Project DE7302 – During this module students develop their capstone project consolidating the knowledge gained in earlier modules. Informed and supported by prior learning, students produce a body of self-initiated work addressing a range of topics related to sustainability, demonstrating originality and critical analysis.

Qualifications and expertise

  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Postgraduate courses taught


My current research centres on designing for dementia care, in particular investigating the design of sensory enhanced environments and the facilitation of multi-sensory enrichment for people living with dementia benefiting their quality of life and that of their carers. Collaborating with experts from health science and care for older people, I have led the AHRC funded, interdisciplinary research project "Multi-sensory Environments in dementia care: the role of design" as Principal Investigator.

www.kingston.ac.uk/sensoryroom   www.kingston.ac.uk/alumni/our-alumni/thought-leadership/anke-jakob/  www.kingston.ac.uk/research/research-showcase/research-case-studies/sensory-enriched-environments/

I welcome PhD/ MA by Research applications in the areas listed below. Apart from my expertise, I believe I can be of help to any research student in design through my experience in developing research methodologies and delivering research outputs. I embrace interdisciplinary and collaborative working, and approach research supervision with empathy and an open mind. 

Qualifications and expertise

  • PhD supervision - applications welcome
  • PhD examination

Areas of specialism

  • Design for Health, Wellbeing and Social Innovation
  • Sensory Design
  • Therapeutic Environments and Innovative Spaces
  • Design for Sustainability
  • Textile Design


Number of items: 21.


Collier, Lesley and Jakob, Anke (2017) The multisensory environment (MSE) in dementia care : examining its role and quality from a user perspective. HERD : Health Environments Research & Design Journal, 10(5), pp. 39-51. ISSN (print) 1937-5867

Jakob, Anke and Collier, Lesley (2017) Sensory design for dementia care - the benefits of textiles. Journal of Textile Design Research and Practice (RFTD), 5(2), pp. 232-250. ISSN (print) 2051-1787

Jakob, Anke and Collier, Lesley (2017) Sensory enrichment for people living with dementia : increasing the benefits of multisensory environments in dementia care through design. Design for Health, 1(1), pp. 115-133. ISSN (print) 2473-5132

Jakob, Anke and Simonson, Caryn (2008) Light : virtual cloth and digital textile. Textile, 6(3), pp. 254-261. ISSN (print) 1475-9756

Book Section

Jakob, Anke (2011) Digital media and architecture: an observation. In: Rieser, Martin, (ed.) The mobile audience: media art and mobile technology. Amsterdam, The Netherlands : Rodopi. pp. 141-154. (Architecture: Technology: Culture, (5)) ISSN (print) 1871-0115 ISBN 9789042031272

Conference or Workshop Item

Jakob, Anke, Collier, Lesley and Ivanova, Ninela (2019) Implementing sensory design for care-home residents in London. In: Designing with and for People with Dementia: Wellbeing, Empowerment and Happiness : International MinD Conference 2019; 19 - 20 Sep 2019, Dresden, Germany.

Jakob, Anke, Treadaway, Cathy and Manchester, Helen (2017) Design for Dementia Care: Making a Difference. In: Nordes 2017: DESIGN+POWER, 7th Nordic Design Research Conference; 15-17 Jun 2017, Oslo, Norway.

Jakob, Anke, Treadaway, Cathy, Collier, Lesley and Fowler, Fiona (2017) Introducing a designing attitude in dementia care. In: Cumulus REDO Conference; 30 May - 02 Jun 2017, Kolding, Denmark.

Jakob, A., Manchester, H. and Treadaway, C. (2017) Sensory design for dementia care : 3 stories. In: Dementia Lab 2017 : stories from design and research; 06 - 07 Sep 2017, Dortmund, Germany.

Jakob, Anke (2015) How to make a Sensory Room for People Living with Dementia. In: Include 2015; 17 - 18 Sep 2015, London, U.K.. ISBN 9781910642061

Jakob, Anke and Collier, Lesley (2015) “How to make a Sensory Room for people living with dementia” – developing design guidance for health care practitioners. In: Third European Conference on Design4Health 2015; 13 - 16 July 2015, Sheffield, U.K.. (Proceedings of the Third European Conference on Design4Health 2015) ISBN 9781843873853

Jakob, Anke and Collier, Lesley (2014) Improving the experience and benefits of Multi Sensory Environments for people with dementia: the role of design. In: 9th UK Dementia Congress; 10-12 Nov 2014, Brighton, U.K.. (Unpublished)

Collier, Lesley [Contributor], de Waal, Hugo [Contributor], Fowler, Fiona [Contributor], Jakob, Anke [Contributor], Mears-Owen, Maizie [Contributor], Tancock, Karin [Contributor] and Chamberlain, Paul [Contributor] (2014) Designing interventions to support dementia care : presentations and panel discussion. In: Inside Out Festival 2014; 20-26 Oct 2014, London, U.K.. (Unpublished)

Jakob, Anke and Collier, Lesley (2013) Multi sensory environments (MSE) in dementia care: the role of design. In: ISNA - MSE International Conference; 01 - 02 Nov 2013, Buenos Aires, Argentina. (Unpublished)

Jakob, Anke and Collier, Lesley (2013) Multisensory environments (MSE) in dementia care : the role of design : an interdisciplinary research collaboration between design and health care. In: 2nd European Conference on Design 4 Health 2013; 03 - 05 Jul 2013, Sheffield, U.K..

Jakob, Anke (2012) Improving the emotional well-being of people living with dementia. In: 8th International Conference on Design & Emotion : D&E 2012; 11-14 Sep 2012, London, U.K..

Jakob, Anke (2009) Light, surfaces and illusions. In: Integration of design and science: light, materials, colour and environment; 24 Jun 2009, London, U.K.. (Unpublished)

Jakob, Anke (2008) Blurring boundaries between the real and the virtual: about the synthesis of digital image and physical surface. In: ISEA2008 - The 14th Symposium on Electronic Art; 25 Jul - 03 Aug 2008, Singapore.


Jakob, Anke [Designer] and Collier, Lesley [Other] (2014) Sensory rooms: designing interventions to support dementia care. Sensory rooms: designing interventions to support dementia care. .

Jakob, Anke [Artist] (2009) Blurred Boundaries. The Personalised Surface. New Approaches to Digital Printmaking. .


Jakob, Anke and Collier, Lesley (2014) How to make a sensory room for people living with dementia: a guide book. (Manual) Kingston upon Thames, U.K. : Kingston University. 70 p.

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