Dave Cajolet

Dave Cajolet

Dave is a savvy experiential designer with an extensive background leading, designing and implementing all types of branded environments, wayfinding and donor recognition projects.



Member Since

January 2014

Originally from Boston, Dave takes great pride in a human-centric approach to creating memorable, timeless, beautiful, contextually appropriate experiences in the built environment by collaborating with other highly skilled design specialists in architecture, landscape design and fabrication. Currently living in Austin and actively involved in the design community he has served as a mentor to junior designers instilling enthusiasm about the profession. Dave has overseen projects in a wide range of client sectors including, academic, civic, hospitality, residential, recreation, retail and arts & culture.

Ask me about

Ask me about Shield Ranch, 6,400 acres of ecologically diverse wildlands, sustainably managed for the benefit of people and nature. The Campsite at Shield Ranch provides year-round nature-immersion experiences for people of all ages and serves as the new home for Camp El Ranchito, a program for youth who otherwise would not have the opportunity to experience an overnight camp on a Texas Hill Country ranch. Over two years, we worked closely with the owners, Shield Ranch Foundation staff, El Ranchito leaders, and the project’s architectural and landscape teams to create an intuitive experience where nature and the stories of the land create a thoughtful, sustainable, and inspiring experience.

My super power is

treating co-workers, clients and partners in design with reverence.

I'm looking for

other design specialists to partner with in architecture, landscape design and fabrication to make memorable experiences in the built environment.

What I love about experience design

is that every project is unique and challenging and keeps me coming back for more.

Best piece of advice I've ever heard

Don’t try to explain what you do professionally in an elevator one liner. It never works.

Where I find Inspiration

I find inspiration in nature. I mean come on, the Fibonacci Sequence? Biomimicry engineering? Mind blowing!

Practice Area

Branded Environments, Placemaking, Strategy/Research/Planning, Wayfinding

Focus Area

Brand, Destination Experiences, Graphic, Interpretive, Signage, Sustainability


Corporate, Cultural, Education, Entertainment, Museums, Recreation, Retail, Transportation, Urban + Civic, Visitor Centers, Workplace