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Bestor explains how she overcame her anxieties about architecture school.

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Barbara Bestor, Principal at Barbara Bestor Architecture, is an award-winning architect known for her commercial spaces, such as Intelligentsia Coffee in Siverlake, California and her experimental houses located in Venice, Santa Barbara, and New York City. She graduated with a Master’s in Architecture from SCI-Arc, and obtained a degree in Visual and Environmental Studies from Harvard. Barbara is also a former professor at both of these institutions, as well as UCLA. Currently Bestor is the Julius Shulman Distinguished Professor in Practice at Woodbury University. 

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