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Jody Beck PhD

Associate Professor and Associate Dean of Academic Affairs
  • Administration and Instruction Services (CAP)
  • Landscape Architecture Department (CAP)


Primary Phone:303-315-2409

Mailing Address:
  • CU Denver

CU Denver Building

1250 14th Street

Denver, CO 80202

Areas of Expertise

My central interest is in the political nature of landscapes. The vast majority of my work focuses on landscapes as they relate to food, agriculture, and/or utopian thought.

Education, Licensure & Certifications


  • 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)




2017, Food Studies International Award of Excellence

2015, College of Architecture and Planning Excellence in Teaching

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

2006, Special Initiatives Volunteer Award, Community Design Collaborative Philadelphia



$150,000 of funding from the Colorado Water Conservation Board for a three-year study to test the impacts of using reclaimed water on soil and produce in an in-ground mixed vegetable production methodology in partnership with Colorado School of Mines and Denver Water.