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College of Architecture and Planning

​Jody Beck

Assistant Professor

Contact Information

Phone: 303.315.2409 
Office Location: CU Denver Building, 320X
Office Hours: By appointment


Landscape Architecture

Degrees Held

  • ​​Doctor of Philosophy, Architecture, University of Pennsylvania (2009)
    Dissertation:  John Nolen and his political ordering of landscapes 
    Supervised by John Dixon Hunt​

  • Master of Science in Architecture, University of Pennsylvania (2007)

  • Bachelor of.Architecture, Rice University (1995)

  • Bachelor of Arts, Architecture, Rice University (1993)

Research Interests

  • Community food systems / food sovereignty
  • Environmental and social justice
  • Urban history and theory


2014, “Landscape and Utopia,” paper presentation, Fifth International Conference on the Constructed Environment, Philadelphia

2014, “This is not a Site,” poster session, Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture annual conference, Baltimore

2014, ”Research as Service Learning: Food on the Front Range,” paper presentation, Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture annual conference, Baltimore

2013, “Food, Philosophy and Landscape,” paper presentation, Third Annual Conference on Food Studies, Austin

2013, “Oil and the Modern Social Imaginary,” paper presentation, American Association of Geographers annual conference, Los Angeles

2010, “Local Food Networks: A Source of Place-Based Community,” paper presentation, 48th Annual Making Cities Liveable Conference, Charlotte


“Lifeblood; Oil, Freedom and the Forces of Capital.” book review for Economic Geography, Vol. 90, No. 3 (July 2014) pp: 349-350

John Nolen and the Metropolitan Landscape​ (Taylor & Frances 2013)

“When the Wells Run Dry,” Landscape Architecture New Zealand(Autumn 2011); n.9: p.10-12

“Landscape and Sustainability,” Topos: The International Review of Landscape Architecture and Urban Design. 70 (2010):104-105

MOST Recent Courses
  • Fall 2014, LDAR 6606, Grafting Utopia
  • Spring 2014, LDAR 5502, Addressing Hunger in NW Aurora: Production, Access & Jobs 
  • Fall 2013, LDAR 6606, Infrastructure and Utopia 
  • Spring 2013, LDAR 5502, Landscapes of Health: NW Aurora 
  • Fall 2014, LDAR 6686, Landscape and Utopia
  • Spring 2014, LDAR 6630, Site Society and Environment 
  • Fall 2013, LDAR 6686 / URPL 6800, Food Sovereignty on the Front Range
  • Spring 2013, LDAR 6632, Site Planning
  • ​Fall 2012, LDAR 6686 / URPL 6686, Food Systems as Spatial Practices 



2010, Merit Award for, Ellerslie Garden Show, Christchurch, New Zealand

2006, Special Initiatives Volunteer Award, Community Design Collaborative Philadelphia


April 2014; Pilot study: Inventory of the Urban Agricultural Potential for the Denver Metropolitan Area; University of Colorado Denver, Office of Research Services

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