Barbara Bestor
Bestor Architecture
Los Angeles, CA
Talk Title
Designing for Everyday Life
Monday, April 03, 2023
6:00 pm
Aura (doors open at 5pm)
121 Center St
Portland, ME 04101


Designing for Everyday Life


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. She explores the architectural form through experiments in spatial arrangements, graphics, and color, which is evident in her projects from custom residences to headquarters for international companies. Her varied and progressive body of work connects with people on many levels, often outside the boundaries traditionally delineated for architecture. She believes that good design creates an engaged urban life and embraces the ‘strange beauty’ that enhances everyday life experience.

Beats By Dre HQ

Barbara’s career is punctuated with inventive projects in a wide breadth of typologies. She has designed new ways of creating accessible urbanism in her “stealth density” Blackbirds housing, retail and restaurant flagships, dynamic workspaces for Beats By Dre and Snap, award-winning residences and pioneering arts projects that are deeply rooted in their communities and cultural context.


She received her undergraduate degree at Harvard University, studied at the Architecture Association in London and received a MARCH at SCI-Arc. She is the author of Bohemian Modern, Living in Silver Lake.


Where is the next place you want to travel? 


If we opened your fridge, what would we find?

   Gallons of Iced coffee

What was your first car?

   Datsun 510 with mag wheels

Where is the farthest place you have traveled?


What is your favorite season?

   Summer! Labor Day especially

Do you have any pets?

   2 dogs, Coco and Charlie


Scandinavian Design and the US 1890-1980 at LACMA