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Senior Lecturer in Interior Architecture, Leeds Beckett University

Joan is a senior lecturer at Leeds Beckett University who has experience of interior design in architectural practice. Her research explores autism-friendly design containing a special interest in spatial transitioning environments.

Joan’s expertise is in the advancement of autism-friendly design assisting future professionals to shape responsive spatial environments. This is an ongoing pedagogic project, with eight local SEND schools and colleges. Joan is also a specialist consultant for Leeds City Council on their new build bespoke community accommodation for autistic adults.

She is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (2015), a Member of Interior Educators (2009), a Member of The Chartered Society of Designers (1988) and a Member of LSA Autism Research Lab (2019): https://www.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/larc/live-research/autism-research-lab/

Joan believes that human-centred design is crucial when creating enabling, inclusive spaces. Current autism-friendly design research involves the cross-disciplinary inputs of a sensory integration practitioner and a positive behaviour analyst, to deepen knowledge about the needs of autistic users. Her research uncovers new information in the form of ‘10 spatial transitioning platforms’ relating to behaviour-informed design.

Experience

  • –present
    Senior Lecturer in Interior Architecture, Leeds Beckett University

Education

  • 1988 
    Leeds Polytechnic, BA(Hons) Three-Dimensional Design: Interior Design

Publications

  • 2020
    UNIVERSITY AS ENABLER FOR INCLUSION: THE CERAMICIST, THE TUTOR, THE STUDENT AND THE AUTISTIC ADULT, http://eprints.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/id/eprint/7330/
  • 2019
    Studio teaching experiments – spatial transitioning for autism schools, http://eprints.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/5753/
  • 2018
    SENSORY SPACES: SENSORY LEARNING – AN EXPERIMENTAL APPROACH TO EDUCATING OUR FUTURE DESIGNERS TO DESIGN AUTISM SCHOOLS., http://eprints.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/5436/

Professional Memberships

  • Member of The Chartered Society of Designers (MCSD)
  • Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (SFHEA)