John Beckmann - Founder and Creative Director

John Beckmann - Founder and Creative Director

 
Hannah LaSota - Associate Architect

Hannah LaSota - Associate Architect

John Beckmann

Axis Mundi was founded by John Beckmann in 2004. He studied architecture, interior and industrial design, and received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Environmental Design from Parsons School of Design. During his studies, he apprenticed with master minimalist Joseph P. D’Urso and, after graduating, collaborated with various other design luminaries. Throughout his career he has honed an astute understanding of the intersections between architecture, design and contemporary art.

Beckmann’s honors include a grant from the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts (1998) and a McDowell Colony Fellowship (2010). He both edited and contributed to The Virtual Dimension: Architecture, Representation and Crash Culture (Princeton Architectural Press, 1998), one of the first books to grasp the implications of digital technologies on the fields of architecture and design. Beckmann has also been a visiting critic at Yale School of Architecture, Pratt Institute and Parsons the New School for Design, and he has been a featured guest on Bloomberg TV and LX-TV’s Open House.

 

 

Hannah LaSota

LaSota studied architecture and urban design at The Pantheon Institute in Rome, Italy, and architecture at the Pennsylvania State University, where she received her bachelor’s degree in Architecture.  While working for internationally recognized architect Steven Holl, she assisted in the design and documentation of the Franklin and Marshall University New Visual Arts Building, where she gained experience working closely with MEP, civil and structural consultants to develop DD and CD drawing sets. 

As a designer, LaSota has gained international recognition for her work, including her thesis project, A Walk Around Music, which explored the coalescence of music, dance and architecture through synesthetic experience. In 2016 she won first place in the Kossman Design Competition. LaSota later traveled to Chicago to be recognized as a finalist in the Mies Crown Hall Americas Student Competition, and then to India to present her work at the Archiprix International, where she was awarded Participant Favorite, and recognized as a finalist for the Hunter Douglas Award.