Bestor Architecture gives form, shape and character to communities and neighborhoods

Office Profile

Bestor Architecture is based in Los Angeles and was founded by Barbara Bestor, FAIA in 1995. Bestor Architecture has designed a number of award-winning projects including headquarters for Beats by Dre and Snap, Blackbirds, a new small lot housing development 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, Ashes & Diamonds, a new winery and event center in Napa, and headquarters for multiple high tech firms.

Client List

Hospitality

Ashes & Diamonds
Bettina
Beachwood Cafe
BODE: Palm Springs
Intelligentsia Coffee and Tea, 2 locations
Juice Innovation Bar
Lou
Pitfire Pizza

Commercial

A + R
Actors Gang
Beats By Dre HQ
Clare V, Silverlake, Santa Monica and New York
Dangerbird Records HQ
Dust Brothers HQ
ElBo Studios
Good Worldwide HQ
Nasty Gal HQ
Roxy
Silverlake Conservatory of Music
Sleepy Jones
Snap
SOWD, LLP
Stussy
Strato Films
S Public Relations
Trina Turk HQ in Los Angeles and New York
Trina Turk, Multiple Locations
Trust Building
Uninterrupted
X-Large

Arts

Albert Frey and Lina Bo Bardi: A Search for Living Architecture
Deborah Sussman Loves Los Angeles
Sci-ARC: Silent Disco
Museum of Contemporary Art Los Angeles
Paper Magazine
Scandinavian Design and America, 1890-1980
Silverlake Conservatory of Music
SoLA Pop Cart

Residential

Blackbirds
BODE: Palm Springs
Custom residences

Landscape Design

Ashes & Diamonds
BODE: Palm Springs
Silverlake Conservatory of Music
Snap
Residential

Awards

AIA National Design Award for Interior Architecture
AIA California Council Design Awards
AIA/LA Design Awards
AIA/LA Restaurant Design Awards
American Architecture Awards
Docomomo
Fast Company Innovation By Design
LABC Award
Los Angeles Conservancy Awards
Westside Urban Forum Award
Winery Design Award

Publications

Afar
Architect Magazine
Architectural Digest
Architectural Digest AD100
Architectural Record
Artbound on KCET
Azure
C
California Home & Design
California Style, Japan
Casa Brutus
Contract
Cool Hunting
Cultured
Curbed
Departures
Designboom
DesignLA
Design Observer
Dezeen
Domino
Domus
Dwell
Elle Decor Espana
Elle Decor Italia
Fast Company
Frame
Icon
Inc.
KCRW
KPCC
Los Angeles Times
Makers
Martha Stewart Living
Muse
New York Magazine
New York Times
Paper
Purple
Remodelista
Sonos Magazine
The Architect's Newspaper
The Hollywood Reporter
Vogue
WSJ Magazine
Principal Profile

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. 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 “stealthy density” Blackbirds housing, groundbreaking retail and restaurant flagships, dynamic workspaces for Beats By Dre and Snap, award-winning experimental residences and pioneering arts projects that are deeply rooted in their communities and cultural context. While maintaining a practice, Barbara has continuously taught at Southern California’s leading design schools from SCI-Arc to Woodbury University, where she is currently the executive director of the Julius Shulman Institute. 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.

Contact Us

We are located on Hyperion Avenue in Silver Lake, Los Angeles. Employment inquires, please submit resumes and work samples to hey@bestorarchitecture.com. Work sample should be no larger than 5MB.

Bestor Architecture
2030 Hyperion Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90027

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