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Barbara Bestor


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Houses and commercial spaces should inspire creativity while remaining functional. Barbara Bestor's bohemian modern style of architecture demonstrates that spatial planning can serve to encourage human interaction and play.
Barbara Bestor, Principal at Barbara Bestor Architecture, is an award-winning architect known for her commercial spaces, such as Intelligentsia Coffee in Silverlake, 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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