FAIA, LEED® AP BD+C, Partner
As part of the new generation of SOM leadership, Carrie Byles is helping integrate technology into every facet of the firm’s practice and is transforming the practice of design itself.
Byles, a partner based in SOM’s San Francisco office, has more than 31 years of diverse experience in design, technology, and management, with special emphasis on projects with complex programmatic and technological requirements. She brings a diverse portfolio of domestic and international experience in major residential, mixed-use, hospitality, and academic projects.
She is passionate about sustainable, multidisciplinary, research-based design. She believes in bringing all parties together as early in the design process as possible to spawn new ideas, establish collaborative working relationships, and create a strong foundation for success.
With her background in both architecture and digital design, Byles has a lifelong commitment to understanding how information technology is changing the way we live, and she translates this influence into SOM’s building designs. Examples of these advances can be seen in projects such as the Stanford Center for Innovations in Learning and the Library and Information Technology Center at UC Merced, which achieved LEED® Gold Certification.
Her projects at Harvard and Rice Universities incorporate the latest concepts in multidisciplinary scientific research and the use of space and technology to facilitate collaboration and innovation. Her work on the UCSF Sandler Neurosciences Center building facilitates a high level of interaction between neuroscientists, physician-scientists, and patients—focused on the common goal of eradicating neurological diseases. She has also collaborated on the UCLA Geffen School of Medicine’s Teaching and Learning Center, the UC San Diego Medical Education and Telemedicine Building, and the University of Connecticut Innovation Partnership Building.
Byles's passion for advancing building design and technology and creating high-performance, sustainable communities and buildings is balanced by her “developer mentality” of optimizing clients’ real estate investments. Through collaborative working relationships with her contractor colleagues, she has often been able to provide great savings through accelerated design and construction schedules—maintaining project quality and long-term real estate value, while meeting their development goals and schedules.