30 Mar Jackie Wheat
Managing Director of Design + Brand
An important part of our role as designers and advisors is to find connections with people and build trust. Our clients are creating their projects through us.
Jackie Wheat is an innovator who shapes the world by unleashing the hidden potential in people. Design is her driver. Workplace is her medium.
As the Managing Director of Design + Brand Services at PDR, she amplifies the abilities of her cohort of designers, architects, and consultants. PDR’s well-developed individuals and thriving teams are products of her empathetic design leadership. Challenging, multi-year projects and small bespoke spaces alike benefit from Jackie’s subtle approach. People come first. With this tenet, she hones talent and builds teams that can scale challenges with confidence.
As the Executive Designer of the ExxonMobil Houston Campus, Jackie set the course for transformation. The fourteen building, 14,000-person campus would introduce needs for new technologies not yet offered on the open market. Recognizing her responsibility in the effort, she built a design approach that merged business requirements with human experience needs. As a result, what began as a real estate effort became a capital project. It was a pivot point for the energy giant that would lead to their workplace of the future.
The project’s outcome has been positive, but Jackie celebrates its success by a different measure. Her reward is the heartfelt feedback PDR has received from the people of ExxonMobil. After completion in 2015, her team’s design solutions are still showing their value. Workers have the agility they need to shift and address the changing needs of the market. Systems are in place to support worker health and wellness. More innovation-seeding collaborative connections are happening within the company than ever before.
More recently, Jackie led Dominion Energy through a two-tower, 3,000-person transformation. Her groundbreaking workplace design completely renewed the work experience for the century-old company. It also influenced the restoration of downtown Richmond, Virginia. Again, her proof was in the people, and the positive impact her designs have on their lives.
The designers at PDR are people who work with a sense of purpose. They shine from the inside and are encouraged to burn brighter every day. That is the leadership Jackie Wheat brings as Managing Director of Design + Brand Services at PDR. That is what it takes to build teams that transform organizations from the inside out.