Janine Byrne

As an interior designer, Janine is inspired by materials and the new, transformative ways in which they can be put to use. Her goal as a designer is to create spaces for people that improve and elevate their lives.

Janine is responsible for the design, documentation and management of some of PCA’s most high-profile interior design projects, from multifamily housing to corporate office to restaurant and hospitality environments. She believes that interior design is personal, and aims with each project to understand the culture of a group, capturing its spirit and story, expressed through branding and good design. With a background in dance and working with music, she sees a parallel in the design process, embracing it as the choreography of space.

  • I’m from  a lot of places — I was born in Oxford OH (Dad's Master’s), moved to Chicago (Dad's PhD), then New York City (with a year in Salvador, Bahia and Brazil for Dad's post-doctorate), then to Madison, WI (Dad’s professorship).

  • My education  BA, University of Wisconsin; BFA, Interior Design, New England School of Art & Design at Suffolk University

  • Community service  ACE Mentoring Volunteer, IIDA Fashion Show Committee

  • Why PCA?  I like that PCA is a place where great work is done, but no one takes themselves too seriously. The work is aspirational, while the environment is fun and full of people who are all rooting for each other's success, be it internally or with our clients.

  • My earliest design memory  I lived in a high rise when I was young, and most people's apartments were nice enough, but relatively bland. I remember going to the apartment of a friend of my mom's and it was so different — at the time I described it as "feeling like a house." I know it was better appointed and more thoughtful than any other of the other apartments. Even though I can't recall what it actually looked like, I still remember the exhilarating feeling of being in that space.

  • I love Cambridge because  it's a nice-sized city, and when you need to get away you can go to the beach or the mountains. Plus it's full of a bunch of really smart people.

  • Quote that guides me right now  Everything is going to be ok.

  • A secret talent that no one knows about  I can put on makeup without a mirror.

  • The best piece of advice I've ever been given  The easiest way to get rid of a difficult task is to do it.