A Los Angeles native, Joseph Becker received his B.Arch. from California College of the Arts in 2007. Ever keen on the potentials of architectural discourse and the role of the gallery as a presentation space for ideas, Joseph began working as Assistant Curator of Architecture and Design at SFMOMA in early 2008 after successfully producing the Olafur Eliasson exhibition, “Your tempo”. Since 2007, Joseph has planned and developed more than 15 exhibitions of graphic design, architecture, furniture, product design, and the intersection of these disciplines within contemporary art practice. In addition to curating and co-curating, he has been responsible for the exhibition design and visual direction of the majority of the museum’s A+D shows, and has contributed to building a flourishing architecture and design collection at SFMOMA. He is also the co-founder of OFFICEvsOFFICE, a multidisciplinary design strategy firm established in 2006 that simultaneously engages design and architecture as tools to enable richer communication and experiences.
Joseph has served on design panels and juries for the San Francisco Arts Commission, the Headlands Center for the Arts, and many of the top Architecture programs in the Bay Area, and has also led workshops and discussions on exhibition design and exhibiting architecture. His most recent curatorial project, the SFMOMA presentation of Less and More. The Design Ethos of Dieter Rams, brings attention to a holistic vision for product design to the museum’s audience and beyond.