HDR Convenor Queensland College of Art and Griffith Film School
Program Director, Master of Design Futures
Beck is a design educator whose research focuses on the intricacies of the early stage design process, including how designers collaborate and respond to complex problems. Before moving to Griffith, Beck was a research fellow and lecturer at the Queensland University of Technology, where she taught and researched in sustainability, design methods, work integrated learning, design-led innovation and social change.
She has co-authored a number of Government reports including the Australian Learning and Teaching Council 2010 report: Professional Education in Built Environment and Design and more recently the Queensland Government and Arts Queensland: Knowledge Economy Market Development Mapping study.
From 2009–2011 Beck was the elected Design Institute of Australia State Councillor representing 3D Design Portfolio and continues to maintain her professional membership with the DIA as well as the Design Research Society (United Kingdom).
Since 2010 she has been on the Editorial Advisory Panel for Iridescent: Icograda Journal of Design Research. In 2014 Icograda partnered with Bloomsbury Publishing and in 2015 Icograda will publish as the Journal of Communication Design. Beck will continue in her role on the editorial board.
Beck has been an invited to give guest presentations at a number of public events and institutions, and most recently was invited to present at the Essential Design Summit at the Queensland Museum. In 2013, she coordinated the design[UP]close talk series that sought to connect students with designers locally and globally spanning a myriad of design experience including interaction design, product design, engineering, experience design, design ethics, design for repurpose, hacking, up cycling, food security, waste systems and systems thinking.
Beck is currently working alongside committed staff at QCA to establish LiveSpace, a Work-Integrated Learning studio for socially and environmentally responsible design. She continues to collaborate with industry and academia locally and internationally and is a co-organiser and research leader on two projects: Cloud Workshop 2014 - a collaboration between QCA, QUT, Hong Kong Baptist University and The Edge, exploring 'Wearables and Well-being: Enriching Connections Between Citizens in the Asia Pacific Region' (July-August 2014); and, 'E-waste Autopsy' project - a collaboration between QCA and the Queensland Museum and Science Centre that explores the challenges surrounding design and technology, material culture, product distribution channels, consumption and electronic waste (October 2014).