Barbara Bestor, FAIA, is founding principal of Bestor Architecture. Since 1995, Bestor Architecture has actively redefined Los Angeles architecture with a practice that rigorously engages the city through design, art, and urbanism. Increasingly, the firm applies L.A.’s lessons to national undertakings. Projects such as Beats by Dre headquarters, Blackbirds small-lot housing development, and Intelligentsia Café illustrate Bestor’s continued exploration of architectural form through experimentation, research, and graphics. Bestor is a faculty member at Woodbury University School of Architecture and executive director of the university’s Julius Shulman Institute. She is also the author of Bohemian Modern, Living in Silver Lake.
Bestor Architecture is a twenty-five person firm based in Los Angeles. The firm has designed a number of award-winning projects, including headquarters for Beats by Dre and Nasty Gal, Blackbirds, a groundbreaking new typology for dense housing in Echo Park, and a variety of experimental residences and commercial establishments. The varied, creative, and aesthetically progressive body of work expands the territory of architecture into atmospheric urbanism.
Recent projects include the Silverlake Conservatory of Music, which creates a vibrant musical haven by inserting an internal urban village within the shell of a classic Hollywood warehouse, a new winery and event center in Napa, and headquarters for multiple high-tech firms.