Home and Away Lecture Series: Barbara Bestor, Los Angeles and Matthew Davis, Toronto
6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
1 Spadina Crescent
This event is part of the Home and Away lecture series at the Daniels Faculty.
Matt Davis is co-founder of the acclaimed, multi-disciplinary global design firm, DesignAgency, where he shares the helm with partners Anwar Mekhayech and Allen Chan. The Toronto-based studio unites interior design, architectural concepting, strategic branding, and visual communication. Known for reimagining the hospitality experience, the firm is one of the most distinguished and awarded design firms, sought after by clients in North America, Europe and beyond. The firm’s global success is based on its high level of design excellence, its business savvy and its ability to create special environments through narratives developed closely with clients. Working for leading companies, developers and hospitality groups, DesignAgency brings experience, passion and creativity to make places that immerse guests in a diverse range of styles and experiences.
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.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.