About Jake


Jacob R. Day, Assoc. AIA is President of the City Council here in his hometown – Salisbury, MD. Jake was elected at the age of 30 with 72% of the vote and unanimously elected President on a platform of placemaking, positivity and restoring pride to the City.

Jake earned a Master of Science in Nature, Society & Environmental Policy from Oxford University where he graduated with distinction for his dissertation. He also earned a Master of Urban Design from Carnegie Mellon University and a Bachelor of Science in Architecture from the University of Maryland.

Jake has spent his career revitalizing downtowns and making them more vibrant, livable places. He has worked for the Eastern Shore Land Conservancy, most recently as the Director of the Center for Towns. The Center for Towns is a program utilizing design, planning and implementation assistance to establish vibrant, sustainable small cities and towns on the Eastern Shore.

Before moving back to the land of pleasant living in 2008, Jake served as national President of the American Institute of Architecture Students (AIAS) and later as Editor-in-Chief of Crit, a journal of architecture. A Richard Upjohn Fellow, he served on the American Institute of Architects (AIA) national Board of Directors and in various capacities with each of the national architectural organizations (NCARB, NAAB, ACSA) and a growing design organization, Urban Dialogues. Jake has worked for Partners for Livable Communities, Becker Morgan Group and Design Collective helping to redesign and revitalize communities.

Jake is a First Lieutenant in the Army, serving as a TAC Officer in the Officer Candidate School. He is a graduate of Maneuver Captains Career Course, Armor Basic Officer Leaders Course, Officer Candidate School and Basic Combat Training at Fort Benning, GA. Jake has served as a Platoon Leader and Executive Officer in the 1-158th Cavalry Regiment of the 58th Battlefield Surveillance Brigade and as Aide-de-Camp to Brigadier General Hinz, The Assistant Adjutant General of the Maryland National Guard.


Jake’s work has been honored as a fellow of Leadership Maryland, the Smart Growth America Local Leaders Council and the Next American Vanguard – ‘America’s best and brightest young urban leaders’, as well as winner of the 2012 Maryland

Sustainable Growth Award for Leadership & Service, a 2010 Strong Communities Competition national semi-finalist, 2010 Heart of the Chesapeake Outstanding Project award, 2007 ULI Gerald D. Hines Urban Design Competition Honorable Mention and has been featured at the International Society of City and Regional Planners’ Conference in Belgium and in publications including Urban Trialogues and Strategies for the Reuse of Vacant Urban Land. He was also featured in the 2007 book – Becoming an Architect, by Lee Waldrep, Ph.D. In addition to his written and editorial work for Crit – Journal of Architecture, Jake authored a 2010 book about ESLC’s place work[s]hop community design process. He has been a featured speaker and panelist at the AIA National Convention – interviewing Santiago Calatrava for the AIA Gold Medal Forum, the ACSA Administrators’ Conference, and the National Building Museum.

Jake’s far better half – Liz – is a physical education and health teacher in Wicomico County. They share a home with their energetic puppy and will grow the family in August as they are expecting a beautiful baby girl.