Julie Beckman has always been fascinated by buildings and the cities they fill. Born and raised in Northern New Jersey, Julie has lived throughout the Northeast Corridor and studied abroad in Florence, Italy. She continues to thrive off of the urban energy around her, now in Philadelphia. As a new mom, Julie sees the built environment with new perspective – especially from behind the BabyJogger. Hiking, jogging, cooking, and searching for great vintage furniture pieces are just a few of her favorite pastimes.
Julie earned a BA in the Growth and Structure of Cities from Bryn Mawr College in 1995 followed by a Master of Architecture from Columbia University’s GSAPP in 2001. Concurrent with their practice, Julie recently served as a full time lecturer, graduate-studio critic and coordinator of undergraduate design studios as well as Director of Student Services of the Architecture Department at the University of Pennsylvania, School of Design (2006 – 2013). Additionally at PennDesign, she co-leads a seminar-studio research sequence Design for Impact, which has focused on long-term disaster recovery in Haiti’s Port au Prince as well as new strategic uses for Philadelphia’s vast inventory of vacant properties. Prior to launching KBAS, Julie worked for over 3 years in retail design and development with clients such as Calvin Klien Jeans, Donna Karen and Ralph Lauren Polo.
Keith Kaseman is a man on the move. A traveler at heart, Keith has lived throughout the USA including North Dakota, Guam, Texas, Arizona, California (Southern and Northern), New York City, Northern Virginia, Pennsylvania and also spent over two years living and working in Prague, Czech Republic (1996-1998). Since 2009, Keith has been privileged to cultivate intimate creative ties with Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, an incredibly dynamic and complex city loaded with infinite lessons in spatial innovation. Whether to reboot or simply get around, Keith prefers to ride – when not flexing his design imagination, he can most likely be found on a bike or snowboard.
Keith received a BSD in Architecture from Arizona State University in 1995 and a Master of Architecture from Columbia University’s GSAPP in 2001. A Leopold Schepp Scholar, he graduated from Columbia with Honors for Excellence in Design, and was a recipient of the Lucille Smyser Lowenfish Memorial Prize. Prior to launching KBAS, Keith was a designer and project manager at SHoP Architects in NYC. Keith is currently a lecturer and studio critic in the Landscape Department at the University of Pennsylvania’s PennDesign (2004 – present) and an Adjunct Associate professor of architecture at Columbia University’s GSAPP (2005 – present), where he leads experimental initiatives primarily through advanced design studios.