• MArch, University of Calgary
  • B.I.D. University of Manitoba
  • I.D.T. Lakeland College


  • Architects Without Borders Canada (Executive Director)

Major research interests

  • Design and development
  • Cross-cultural design
  • Community partnerships 
  • Service Learning 
  • Global citizenship

Teaching and scholarship

It is not uncommon to read about studio projects that tackle the complexities of critical issues such as global health, sustainable development, and human rights - often far from home. In spite of this widespread trend in design education, there is a dearth of information on how to develop partnerships, complete and evaluate non-profit design projects. Kelley’s work examines this gap by studying the competencies we need to convert goodwill into good design.

Kelley brings her passion for humanitarian design into studio courses at the University of Manitoba. Since 2003, students have worked with non-profit organizations on live projects in Sri Lanka, India, Nepal, Cambodia, Somalia, Sudan, Kenya, Uganda, Ghana, Mexico, and Canada. At home, the students use technology to interact with their partners overseas. To take this work to another level, Kelley also teaches an international design-build course called Service Learning in the Global Community.


IDES 7200       Masters Studio 1: Strategic Issues
ARCG 7102     Service Learning in the Global Community
EVIE 3002       History and Theory of Interior Design I
EVIE 4000       History and Theory of Interior Design II

Selected publications

Beaverford, K. (2015) Reflection: Experience, Provocative Thought and Action in Architectural Education. Design Principles and Practices: an International Journal. Australia: Common Ground.

Beaverford, K. (2014). More than Bricks and Mortar, In Professor Smith. D, Lommerse, M. & Metcalfe, P. (Eds.) Perspectives on Social Sustainability and Interior Architecture: Life from the Inside. Springer International Publishing AG, Cham (book chapter).

Beaverford, K. (2013). Collaboration: Design Education for the 21st Century. In Global Studies Journal, Volume 5, Issue 2, pp.151-156. Australia: Common Ground.

Espersen-Peters, K. & Beaverford,K. (2013). Practical Wisdom in Design. In Global Studies Journal, Australia: Common Ground.

Beaverford, K. (2012). Beyond eco-efficiency. In conference proceedings:  International Conference on Innovation and Technology for Sustainable Built Environment, Perak University, Ipoh, Malaysia.

Beaverford, K. (2011). Community Partnerships for Architectural Education. In Cope, B. & Kalantzis, M. (Eds.). Design Principles and Practices: an International Journal, Volume 5. Australia: Common Ground.

Beaverford, K.  (2010). A Small Idea Builds New Perspectives. Onsite Magazine, Spring 2010.

Beaverford, K. (2009). Intercultural Effectiveness in Architectural Education. In Cope, B. & Kalantzis, M. (Eds.). Design Principles and Practices: an International Journal, Volume 3. Australia: Common Ground.

Beaverford, K., & Hill, L. (2009). Collaboration: building new perspectives for the 21C, Proceedings from Mousharaka / Icograda Design Conference. Qatar: Virginia Commonwealth University Qatar.

Beaverford, K., & Morgan. S. (2009). More Mortar Muzungu!, Canadian Architect, v.54 n.04, p. 36-39.

Beaverford, K., (2008). A Tea House in Turkey, Landscapes: Landscape Architecture in Canada, v.10 n.4, p. 22-24.

Beaverford, K. (2007). Learning for the global community. In Al-Qawasmi, J., Mahmoud, A. Djerbi, A. (Eds.). Regional Architecture and Identity in the Age of Globalization, Volume II (p. 791-805).Jordan: CSAAR –The Centre for the Study of Architecture in the Arab Region.