Joan Love has been a Senior Lecturer and Level Four Co-ordinator on BA(Hons) Interior Architecture and Design at Leeds Beckett University, UK, since 2001. Joan’s research focus, for the last six years, has encompassed educating future designers to design environments for autistic users. This is an ongoing pedagogic project, with eight local SEND schools. She is a Member of Leeds Autism Research Group (LARG LAB, 2019), a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (SFHEA, 2015), a Member of Interior Educators (IE, 2009) and a Member of The Chartered Society of Designers (CSD, 1988).
Joan has published two recent research papers:
‘Sensory Spaces: Sensory Learning – An experimental approach to educating our future designers to design autism schools.’ http://dx.doi.org/10.26687/archnet-ijar.v12i3.1704
‘Studio teaching experiments - spatial transitioning for autism schools.’ https://doi.org/10.1108/ARCH-11-2018-0019
Joan’s experimental research uncovers new information in the form of ‘10 spatial transitioning platforms’ relating to behaviour-informed design. Her current research involves the cross-disciplinary inputs of a sensory integration practitioner and a positive behaviour analyst. The advancement of designing for autism is at the centre of the research, assisting future professionals to create responsive spatial environments.
Joan undertakes consultancy work advising on environments for autistic users eg schools, the workplace, communal housing, etc...