Desired Designs aims to be a source of inspiration and pipe line for minority women and women of color looking to thrive in the design world. Desired Designs seeks to be a safe, collaborative and explorative studio that allows for women to find opportunities to grow in their area of passion in design.

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Jakecia C. Durham

Principal Designer

Jakecia C. Durham , NCIDQ, IIDA, LEED AP ID&C, is owner, founder, and Principal Designer of Desired Designs. Jakecia is an NCIDQ certified designer who received her Bachelor of Science in Interior Design at the University of Cincinnati. She continued her design education to complete a Master of Arts in Visual Communication Design, concentrating her studies in Branding Environments and Design Presentation. She brings not only an academic background to her practice but also a wealth of experience in the field as a designer and educator. Jakecia designs both residential and commercial spaces. Her personal design passion is working with small business owners and on small commercial projects.  She worked for seven years as the program director of the interior design department at Cuyahoga Community College, where she also taught courses such as interior design presentation, architectural drafting and developed the core curriculum.

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Simone Billings

Design Assistant

Simone assists in making designs come to fruition. She has a background in marketing and fashion merchandising and received her Bachelor of Science in Marketing at Philadelphia University.

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