ABOUT BARBARA BECK
A typical Midwestern girl, I grew up drawing pictures of horses. My father assumed I would be a veterinarian, so naturally I chose to be an architect.
Upon entering architecture school at the University of Kansas, I discovered that I knew absolutely nothing about designing a
building. Between long nights in the design studio, I raced sailboats – avoiding
tornadoes on windswept Kansas lakes and dreaming of the open ocean. After earning
a Bachelor of Architecture, I ran off to sea and spent many years calling a sailboat home.
I became waterlogged and returned to land. I got a real job, a husband, and a dog.
days are spent writing, designing residences, or painting pet portraits. My love of animals led me to develop a custom doghouse company, Artful Dogs – Architecture for Man’s Best
The Future Architect’s
and The Future Architect’s Tool Kit are the books I needed when I was eight years old drawing floor plans! It might
have helped that first year of architecture school too!