KBAS was launched in 2002 by Keith Kaseman and Julie Beckman upon having their entry selected as the winning scheme in the Pentagon Memorial Design Competition. As a compact operation, we have cultivated an incredibly broad and ever-expanding network of collaborators, advisors and professional contacts ranging in expertise from engineering, digital fabrication, and material science, to graphic design, fine-, street-, and performance art, landscape architecture and architecture. Our capacity to perform with great agility allows us to tackle complex projects at a multitude of scales, and ensures the development of spatial questions, ideas and projects yet to be imagined.
Julie Beckman 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. Prior to the founding of KBAS, she worked as a project manager / designer with several design firms in and around New York City. Currently, Julie is a full time lecturer, coordinator of core design studios and Associate Chair of the Architecture Department. Additionally at PennDesign, she co-leads a seminar-studio research sequence called, 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.
Keith Kaseman received a BSD in Architecture from ArizonaStateUniversity in 1995 and a Master of Architecture from ColumbiaUniversity’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 / project manager at SHoP Architects in NYC. Keith is currently a lecturer in the Landscape Department at the University of Pennsylvania’s PennDesign and an adjunct associate professor of architecture at ColumbiaUniversity’s GSAPP, where he leads advanced experiments through design studios.
Additionally, Keith and Julie are founding members of FAISCAS, an initiative that sets out to spark innovative collaborations between art and architecture aimed at prompting uniquely positive community impact. Bridging the equator, and through generous support from Columbia University GSAPP and its Global Studio-X Network, Faiscas has sparked events, exhibitions and ongoing collaborative exchanges in both Rio de Janerio and New York City including, Feito por Rio / Made for Rio at the Museu de Arte Moderna (MAM-Rio), Rio Faiscas (with artist, Teresa Simoes) at Instituo Maria Teresa Veira (Rio), Imagination Vessels (with artist, Sergio Cezar) at Studio X NYC, and Central Futuros at Studio X Rio and also the 2011 Festival of Digital Culture at Circo Voador (Rio).