Office of Disability

Biography of Kim Allen Beasley

Kim Allen Beasley is Principal of Beasley Architectural Group, specializing in accessible architecture. From 1986 to 2000, Mr. Beasley served as National Architecture Director for the Paralyzed Veterans of America (PVA) in Washington, DC. In this capacity, Mr. Beasley directed PVA’s national program to promote design for persons with disabilities. His architectural practice spans over 20 years, including 12 years of medical planning, design, and construction experience, and 15 years focused on design for persons with disabilities. In 1984, Mr. Beasley was given PVA’s Meritorious Achievement Award for his design of numerous spinal cord injury medical centers throughout the United States. The National Association of Homebuilders has also honored him for his work in residential architecture.

In 1988, he co-authored Design for Hospitality, a comprehensive textbook on accessible hotel/motel design. In 1994, he co-authored the Second Edition of Accessible Design for Hospitality, ADA Guidelines for Planning Accessible Hotels, Motels, & Other Recreational Facilities published by McGraw-Hill. He also co-authored the Fair Housing Design Guide, published in 1992. Mr. Beasley, along with Mr. Thomas D. Davies, co-authored Accessible Home Design: Architectural Solutions for the Wheelchair User, published in 1999. Most recently, Mr. Beasley participated as a contributing author to the Universal Design Handbook, showcased at the 2001 American Institute of Architects National Convention in Denver. Mr. Beasley’s chapter is entitled Access to Sports & Entertainment, and covers stadium-style movie theaters, stadiums, arenas, and other related facilities.

In 1989, Mr. Beasley invented an adaptable stadium seat for persons with disabilities. The seat has been used in stadiums and arenas throughout the U.S. The seat was first used in Oriole Park at Camden Yards. Patents were issued in1991 and assigned to the Paralyzed Veterans of America. In 1993, Mr. Beasley was awarded the Medal of Excellence, a national award given by Engineering News Record for his work on behalf of persons with disabilities throughout the U.S.

Mr. Beasley has served the U.S. Access Board on Federal Advisory Committees and Regulatory Negotiations Committees on numerous areas of accessibility for specialized facilities. In 1996, Mr. Beasley accepted the Potomac Award, the highest honor given by the American Society of Interior Designers in Washington, DC. Mr. Beasley also directed PVA’s consulting efforts in Atlanta, Georgia, to help make the 1996 Olympic Games the most accessible Olympics ever.

In 1998, Mr. Beasley appeared with Bob Vila on the nationally-syndicated television program “Home Again” to discuss accessible home design. He is currently assisting Bob Vila to provide on-going information on accessible home design through Mr. Vila’s website at www.bobvila.com.

Mr. Beasley has lectured internationally to audiences in Canada, Europe, Australia, and the Far East. He is considered one of the foremost experts in the field of accessible design. He continues to give seminars to the Federal Aviation Administration and General Services Administration.

Mr. Beasley holds Bachelor of Architecture and Master of Architecture degrees from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. He is licensed in Virginia and obtained a National Council on Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) certificate.

Last Revised: January 3, 2005