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


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


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
Silverlake Conservatory of Music
Sleepy Jones
Strato Films
S Public Relations
Trina Turk HQ in Los Angeles and New York
Trina Turk, Multiple Locations
Trust Building


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


BODE: Palm Springs
Custom residences

Landscape Design

Ashes & Diamonds
BODE: Palm Springs
Silverlake Conservatory of Music


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


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.

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

Bestor Architecture
2030 Hyperion Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90027

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