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Speaker Profile - Barbara Beck


Region: Maryland/Delaware/West Virginia
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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!