Barbara Bestor - Silent Disco, Sci-ARC, 2011.

Barbara Bestor

Barbara Bestor, born in 1969 is the principal of Bestor Architecture, a Los Angeles office for progressive architecture.  She is also the author of ‘Bohemian Modern, Living in Silverlake’ (Harper Collins 2006), a book dedicated to the suppressed narrative of  informal and eccentric modernism found in Silverlake’s rich domestic architectural history.  Currently filling the Julius Shulman Distinguished Professor of Practice position in the School of Architecture at Woodbury University, she is a graduate of Harvard College and Sci-Arc.  Her work is dedicated to the idea that ‘everyone should experience strange beauty everyday’, manifest in a wide range of projects from commercial spaces, such as restaurants and stores for Intelligentsia Coffee, Trina Turk, and Stussy; new experimental houses in Venice, Silverlake, Santa Barbara and New York City; and a variety of non-profit installations, including local schools, billboards, an art bouncy house, etc.  The office has been widely published, including recent pieces in Dwell, the NY and LA Times, Elle, Casa Brutus and Angeleno.