FAIA, LEED® AP BD+C, Partner
Part of the new generation of SOM leadership, Carrie Byles is helping integrate technology into every facet of the firm’s practice, and transforming the practice of design itself.
Byles, a partner based in SOM’s San Francisco and Seattle offices, has more than 31 years of experience in design, technology, and management, with special emphasis on projects with complex programmatic and technological requirements. She is passionate about sustainable, multidisciplinary, research-based design, and believes in bringing all parties together early in the design process to spawn new ideas, establish collaborative working relationships, and create a strong foundation for success.
With a background in architecture and digital design, Byles understands how technology changes the way we live and work, and she translates this into SOM’s designs. Examples of these advances can be seen specifically in the Stanford Center for Innovations in Learning and the UC Merced Library and Information Technology Center. Her projects at Harvard and Rice also demonstrate how technology can facilitate collaboration and innovation.
In addition to her higher education work, which includes UCSF Sandler Neurosciences Center, UCLA Geffen School of Medicine Teaching and Learning Center, UCSD Medical Education and Telemedicine Building, and the University of Connecticut Innovation Partnership Building, Byles has led efforts on several major renovation projects, such as Moscone Center Expansion and 680 Folsom.
Byles's passion for advancing design and technology, and creating high-performance, sustainable environments, is balanced by her “developer mentality.” Through collaborative working relationships with contractors and consultants, she provides clients savings through accelerated design and construction—maintaining project quality and long-term real estate value while meeting development goals and schedules.