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.

    Eventually,
    I became waterlogged and returned to land. I got a
    real job, a husband, and a dog. 

    My
    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
    Friend
    .

    The Future Architect’s
    Handbook

    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!

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