Jeanne C. Byrne, FAIA Architect

Firm principal, Jeanne C. Byrne, FAIA (Fellow of the American Institute of Architects), is a graduate of the noted School of Architecture, California State Polytechnic University at San Luis Obispo, CA. A graduate year in Architecture in Florence, Italy has added a valuable international design perspective to her firm. Jeanne recalls, “The architecture of Florence, even the plan of the city itself, is a study in grand elements and detailing with durable, patinaed materials that define wonderful ‘people’ spaces – spaces in which I was drawn to spend time.” Closer to home, she was also inspired by the Arts and Crafts architecture of Greene and Greene. Arts and Crafts architecture, being such a California image, with rich materials, heavy detailed beam work and pleasing spaces and lighting is fittingly at home here on the Central Coast. 

From these early experiences and inspirations, Jeanne C. Byrne, FAIA has an extensive portfolio of projects including custom residential homes; office, retail and restaurant projects; private school and hotel/casino work, city and community projects. She has received numerous professional and design awards throughout her career.  

Jeanne emphasizes the connection between design and construction, explaining that, “Fine Architecture must also be buildable architecture. This design and production oriented approach is one of the great advantages of my education at Cal Poly. Cal Poly School of Architecture was not only strong in design, but also in the technology of construction. The sole reason for our detailed construction documents is so that the project can be built as it has been designed for our client.” 

Benefiting the firm, Jeanne is a leader in her profession and her community. In 2001, Jeanne was advanced to Fellowship in the American Institute of Architects (FAIA) for her contributions to the field of Architecture. Fellowship is a national award and the highest membership recognition in the AIA. She was a 10-year Board Member of the Monterey Bay Chapter of the American Institute of Architects, serving as President in 1989 and 2009, and 4 years as a Board Member of the California Council AIA. As a community leader, she was Mayor of the City of Pacific Grove 1992-1994 and involved with many of the government and community agencies. Her involvement gives the firm a unique understanding of the agencies and submittals required for projects.

Architectural field since 1972
Principal of solely woman owned firm since 1982

Architectural Licenses
California - C 12817, 1982
Wyoming - C 2210, 2007

Bachelor of Architecture - 1970
California State Polytechnic University, San Luis Obispo, California
Graduate Study, Architecture - 1970-71
California State International Program, Florence Italy

Professional and Civic Affiliations
Pacific Grove Heritage Society - 1979 to present
American Institute of Architects - 1982 to present (Monterey Bay Chapter)
City of Pacific Grove - Architectural Review Board, Chair, 2002-2004
City of Pacific Grove - Mayor, 1992 - 1994
City of Pacific Grove - Building Standards Committee, 1989-1995
Monterey County Fair Board - 2010 to present
Monterey Peninsula Water Management District - 2011 to present
Planning Commission


Paul Simpson, AIA Architect

Paul Simpson is a graduate of Woodbury University with two degrees, a Bachelor of Architecture and a Bachelor of Science in Interior Design. After graduating, Paul spent six years working for a prominent Interior Architecture firm in Southern California, which specialized in corporate offices for well-known entertainment companies, recording studios and editing studios.  

In 2000, Paul Simpson relocated to the Monterey Peninsula and joined Jeanne C. Byrne Architects. As project manager Paul oversees the daily production of projects through the various phases within the office. Paul brings space planning, design, production and project management skills to Jeanne C. Byrne Architects, along with color and materials experience.

Architectural License
California - C 34393 - 2013

Bachelor of Architecture - 1994
Bachelor of Science, Interior Design - 1995
Woodbury University, Burbank, California

Professional Affiliations
American Institute of Architects - 2001 to present (Monterey Bay Chapter)