Dr Anke Jakob

School: Design School
Position: Researcher


Anke Jakob is an academic and design practitioner who's research and work is informed by her experience as surface and textile designer working with digital media and engaging in interdisciplinary projects concerned with the design for environments.

Anke practised as textile and surface designer in the textile printing industry and commercial textile design studios for many years before embarking on academic and research activities. In 2007, Anke was awarded a PhD for her practice-centred research project 'Blurring the boundaries between the real and the virtual' at Bath Spa University where she also taught as a visiting lecturer within the Department of Fashion & Textiles, at Bath School of Art & Design. Parallel to her academic engagements, Anke co-directed the architecture and design practice leit-werk ltd for nine years focusing on the design of architectural surfaces within the built environment and the value of applied material, technology, light, colour and image/ornament.

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Research expertise

Anke's research interests include exploring fields of design related to sensory and spatial experiences employing light, material/textiles and digital media; the development of a new materiality defined through the experimental use of projected imagery on surfaces and environments fusing the physical and the digital; the overlap of virtual and real space and movement influencing spatial experience and perception.

Based on prior explorations, Anke recently extended her research into the health and wellbeing sector including the special sensory needs of people with dementia and other cognitive impairments. Collaborating with experts from health care and occupational therapy, the particular focus is on investigating the concept and design of Multi Sensory Environments in relation to dementia care. This research is funded by the AHRC through an Early Career Research Grant.

Key words for research interests:
sensory design / sensory experiences
multi sensory stimulation and environments
new materiality / surface design
design for health and wellbeing
vision and visual perception / visual ambiguities
digital media / digital display technologies and its application for surface design
light, colour and image within architecture and spatial design
interdisciplinary processes
dementia care

Professional activity

  • 2002 - 2009Director and designer, architecture and design leit-werk ltd, London
  • 2002 - 2008Visiting lecturer and tutor, Department for Fashion & Textile Design, Bath Spa University
  • 1994 - 2001Designer for textiles, print and fashion, employments and freelance in UK and Germany

Educational and professional qualifications

  • 2007PhD Design Bath Spa University
  • 1996MA Textile Design Central St Martins College of Art & Design
  • 1993PG Studies Digital Media Academy of Media Arts, Cologne, Germany
  • 1991Diplom (MA) Textile & Fashion Design Burg Giebichenstein University of Art & Design, Halle, Germany

Conferences & events

Co-organiser and presenter, International symposium "Integration of Design and Science: Light, Materials, Colour and Environment", London, 2009
Presenter, "ISEA2008 - International Symposium on Electronic Art", Singapore, 2008
Presenter, International conference "Dressing Rooms – Current Perspectives on Fashion and Textiles", Oslo University College, 2007


"Light patterns", photographs and projections, Flaxon Ptootch Gallery, London, 2012
"Blurred Boundaries", artwork/installation, featured/published within The Personalised Surface: New Approaches to Digital Printmaking, research project by FADE, University of the Arts, London; DVD and online, 2009


Consultant for architecture and design practice leit-werk ltd, London, 2011/12
Special consultant, Creative Cluster: MICROLIGHT DWELLING for industrial client Cantifix, UK, 2009

Grants, funding and awards

  • 2013AHRC Early Career Research Grant
  • 2003 - 2005PhD Scholarship, Bath Spa University

Research groups & programmes

External research supervision

  • 2012Krissanee Meechao PhD


Number of items: 16.


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, ISSN (print) 2473-5132 (Epub Ahead of Print)

Collier, Lesley and Jakob, Anke (2016) The multisensory environment (MSE) in dementia care : examining its role and quality from a user perspective. HERD : Health Environments Research & Design Journal, ISSN (print) 1937-5867 (Epub Ahead of Print)

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, no. 5) ISSN (print) 1871-0115 ISBN 9789042031272

Conference or Workshop Item

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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"Performing Ambiguities", collaboration with choreographer Chrissie Harrington, exploring the overlap of virtual and real space and movement in relation to the body. © A.Jakob, C.Harrington
Blurred Boundaries. © A.Jakob
Blurred Boundaries. © A.Jakob