Our practice.


Our architectural firm specializes in fresh, modern, sustainable and resilient design solutions for residential and small scale commercial projects. Our extensive experience in green and fire-resistive design, passive and active green building techniques and green materials and construction methods, uniquely positions us to creatively execute your project while bringing environmental, social and economic value to each design. 


We value good communication between client, contractor and consultants to ensure an integrative design process and ultimately a successful project. 


We serve the greater Monterey Bay region including Big Sur, Carmel, Pebble Beach, Santa Cruz and the San Francisco Bay area. 


We facilitate the planning and building permit process for property owners, developers or contractors and provide the due diligence needed to maximize your project’s potential and investment return.  


From color palettes, finishes, lighting fixtures, to furniture, we can help you create a concept and overall vision for your space; from one room or an entire building. 



While green building practices are considered at every step of our design process, we can advise you on how to improve the energy efficiency and environmental quality of your home or space. As a LEED Accredited  Professional, de sola.barnes can also determine what type of LEED rating you might achieve, the feasibility of a certification and take you through the certification process.

Our story.

Having started their careers in New York City, where they "cut their teeth", Dani and Libby relocated to the Central Coast of California to start a new chapter in their personal and professional lives. After working for a local firm for many years they launched their own company whose practice explores the intersection of nature and technology, environmental stewardship and connection to community.  

When not working Libby and Dani enjoy spending time with their daughter, hiking in Big Sur, traveling to places near and far, digital photography, cooking, maintaining an organic garden, and playing with their dog, Canela.

In addition to work and home life, Libby and Dani contribute to improving their local community through various volunteer projects with local organization such as Habitat for Humanity, the City of Salinas and the Community Association of Big Sur.

de sola.barnes is a member of the Carmel Chamber of Commerce

Our Team.

Libby Barnes



Tel: 831-238-1090

Motivated by the great potential architects and designers have to change our world for the better through design, Libby has been involved in green building design and advocacy since graduate school. The fact that 90 percent of a building’s environmental impacts are determined by design, architects and designers have a huge responsibility in designing buildings that seriously address environmental issues. It is with this weight that she earnesty applies to each project, large or small.


Libby has been active with the USGBC-Northern California Chapter and most recently heads the AIA Monterey Bay Committee on the Environment, promoting environmental practices and net-zero energy solutions for the local building industry.  Libby has been the architect and green building advisor for the Monterey County Habitat for Humanity Chapter and is a member of the AIA of Monterey Bay. 


Libby received her Bachelors degree from Smith College with a major in architecture and urban studies and then went on to receive her Masters in Architecture from Parsons School of Design in New York City. She worked in New York at a number of commercial and residential firms before moving to the Monterey peninsula in 2003.  Libby is a licensed Architect in the State of California and has been a LEED Accredited Professional since 2008. 

Dani De Sola



Tel: 831-238-2310

Daniela de Sola was born in El Salvador and raised in South America. She came to the United States for college, graduated from Connecticut College in 1995 and then received a Masters in Architecture from Parsons School of Design in 1999.


After working in New York City for various residential architecture firms, she ventured to California.

Dani has been in the Monterey Peninsula since 2003, working in residential architecture and in the past six years also as a Land Manager in Big Sur.


Daniela is a licensed Architect in the State of California.