Julie Beckman, working alongside Keith Kaseman and a nationwide team of designers and artisans, has created a place of solace and reflection, in memorial of the victims of the September 11th Pentagon terrorist attack. The Pentagon Memorial, the result of an anonymous design competition, honors the lives of the 184 victims through illuminated benches representing each individual. The memorial park was designed to guide subtle remembrance of the victims while remaining open to the varied emotions experienced by visitors to the park and the families of those who are memorialized. This memorial is a calm reminder of tragic events, one that illustrates how architecture can be applied to create spaces for reflection and healing.
Julie is the Director of Student Development and Adjunct Assistant Professor at the University of Tennessee College of Architecture and Design. Julie has a Bachelor of Arts in the Growth and Structure of Cities from Bryn Mawr College and a Master of Architecture from Columbia University. In practice, Julie and her partner, Keith Kaseman launched their design firm, KBAS in 2002 following the unanimous selection of their design proposal for the Pentagon Memorial in Arlington, VA which opened to the public on the 7th anniversary of the attacks.