Barbara Best-Santos Barbara leads ForrestPerkins’ San Francisco Studio. Her expertise spans over twenty years designing boutique and large-scale hotels, spas, restaurants, and resorts. immediately prior to joining ForrestPerkins’ San Francisco studio in 2016, barbara was the Hospitality Practice Area Leader for Gensler’s Northwest Region office. Early in her career, Barbara worked with renowned designer Bent Severin, where she worked extensively on hospitality projects in the US and abroad, including locations such as China, Russia, Japan, Malaysia, Indonesia, and Guam. brands included in Barbara’s extensive project list include Four Seasons, Hyatt, Marriott, starwood, Kimpton, Cambria and Ceasars.
Respected as a leader in the hospitality design field, Barbara has a unique ability to bring bespoke designs to life while collaborating closely with clients to achieve aesthetic, financial, and operational success. An award-winning designer, her extensive experience encompasses business development, team leadership through all stages of a project, and elegant design solutions that suit the demands of both the client and their guests.