Pattern Recognition | 3:30 – 5:00 PM

1.5 LU|HSW

Barbara Bestor, FAIA, founding principal of Bestor Architecture, will present recent project examples, including the Blackbirds housing small lot development, offices for Beats By Dre and Silvertop, Barbara will demonstrate the added value of design for the health of our domestic and work spaces. She will demonstrate how her practice rigorously engages the city through design, art, and urbanism. Additionally, she will discuss how architectural forms can be explored through experiments in spatial arrangements, graphics, and color, supporting her belief that good design creates an engaged urban life and embraces the ‘strange beauty’ that enhances everyday experiences.

Participants will:

  1. Learn how to apply the building principals and lessons learned from the design of Blackbirds to your own housing and urban planning projects.
  2. Explore and discuss how to bring innovation in urban design into your projects.
  3. Learn about a progressive design approach for workplace environments and how it supports a healthier work community.
  4. Gain exposure to new modes of interpreting historic structures/resources for future generations.

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 “stealth density” Blackbirds housing, retail and restaurant flagships, dynamic workspaces for Beats By Dre and Snap, award-winning residences and pioneering arts projects that are deeply rooted in their communities and cultural context. 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.