J. Daniel Jenkins, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP, is a licensed Principal Architect, an Architecture & Engineering SME Consultant, author, and former Walt Disney Imagineer with over 23 years of experience. Jenkins is licensed in Florida and North Carolina and works with Commercial and Themed Entertainment clients both domestically within the U.S. and abroad.
The ThemeParkArchitect.com website was created by Mr. Jenkins to promote and educate people about the Theme Park Architect’s – and their subsequent design consultants – role within theme park design and themed entertainment design. The website also teaches its viewers how to become a Theme Park Architect and enlighten theme park enthusiasts, and future theme park architects and designers, on the extensive effort required by the Architect and their design team to bring concept drawings to fruition.
Jenkins was in the design leadership role of Senior Project Design Manager at Walt Disney Imagineering for seven years where he led multiple architectural and engineering design teams on several large, technically complex projects. Prior to Disney he worked on a variety of building types including Institutional, Healthcare, Judicial, Hospitality, Transportation, and Governmental. Upon leaving WDI, Jenkins started his on consulting business that provides him the opportunity to consult with and provide subject matter expertise for multiple themed entertainment and commercial clients.
In 1998 Jenkins graduated with a five-year Master of Architecture degree from the Savannah College of Art and Design. In 2012 Jenkins, while working full time and to enhance his integrated project delivery skills, went back to college to obtain a Virtual Design and Construction (VDC) Certificate from Stanford University.
Jenkins is passionate about Design Management with an extended interest in its continual evolution and teaching other Architects, Designers and Design Managers to drive efficiency within the design and implementation processes to yield real-world results. In 2020 Jenkins, in an effort to share his experience and successful design management practices, authored The Design Manager: Successful Management of the Design Process.
When Daniel is not practicing architecture, he and his wife spend as much time possible traveling. His photography has been published in several print and online publications and can be seen on his personal photography website.