Assistant Professor of Design
Beth Ferguson is Assistant Professor of Design at The University of California Davis. She teaches the history and studio practice of sustainable design, as well as furniture and solar energy design.
She is the director of Sol Design Lab, a design/build studio that specializes in solar charging stations and public art. She has collaborated with public utilities, festivals, urban parks, and universities to position solar energy as a civic and public resource. She has engaged thousands of participants in the development of projects such as solar charging stations, up-cycled public furniture, Climate Kits, and ecological maps.
Currently, her design research focuses on charging stations for electric scooters and open source data logging for renewables and climate monitoring. Pairing theory and practice, her collaborative work on adaptation and urban resiliency planning includes the design of mobile emergency solar charging units and development of civic emoji symbols and 3D digital map topography tables for citizen climate change monitoring.
Publications and Work
She has received commissions from SXSW, Austin Energy, ZER01 San Jose Biennial, TEDxPresidio, Galvanize, Coachella, The ZERO1 American Arts Incubator, The U.S Department of the State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, The US Embassy in New Zealand and the Bay Area Maker Faire. Beth’s projects have been featured in the New York Times, Pop Tech, San Francisco Bay Guardian, Radio New Zealand, Austin Business Journal, World Landscape Architecture, The Otago Museum in New Zealand, and The Sustainable City Network.
As a visiting research scholar at the University of Texas at Austin she was awarded the Longhorn Innovation Fund for Technology and multiple Office of Sustainability Green Fee grants for her campus solar charging station installations. She has an MFA in Design from the University of Texas at Austin and BA in industrial design and ecology from Hampshire College. She has taught solar design courses and workshops at Stanford University, The University of Texas at Austin, The Art Institute of Chicago, Hampshire College, and UC Santa Cruz.