Haig Beck and Jackie Cooper collaborate as editors, critics, writers and publishers, raising awareness of architecture internationally. Haig edited Architectural Design (1976-79). In 1979 he and Jackie launched International Architect; in 1996 they launched UME, promoting discourse on regionalism, national identity and cultural continuity in architecture. They are authors of critical/interpretive monographs, including on Glenn Murcutt. Haig was professor and head of school at the University of Melbourne, 1993-96.
They see architectural publications as a crucial intermediary step in the progression of ideas from hypotheses to theories to built demonstrations. They foster and direct architectural research through the act of editing and publishing, selecting architectural works and texts, writing critiques and promoting theoretical propositions and practical outcomes.