Over the past 35 years, The Cearnal Collective has grown from founding-principal Brian Cearnal’s dining room to a dynamic 15-person architecture and interior design firm recognized for its landmark contributions to Santa Barbara’s architectural legacy. Steeped in a tradition of collaborative, insightful design, and shaped by our team’s strong commitment to leaning into every project with integrity and delight, we deliver high quality design solutions rooted in the fundamental goals and aesthetic sensibilities of our clients and community.

Our work ranges from single-family residences to mixed-use/multi-family developments to community-serving civic projects with a client base that spans non-profit organizations to international corporations. The scope of services and expertise provided by our skilled architectural and interior designers is a creative partnership uniquely tailored to the client’s needs, and we are proud that recurrent clientele make up 85% of our annual projects!

Under the impassioned leadership of principals Brian Cearnal, Christine Pierron, and Jeff Hornbuckle, the firm boasts a cumulative 100 years of design experience united by a commitment to The Collective family (which includes three resident office dogs!). When not working on Santa Barbara’s next masterpiece, you’ll find us covered in chalk from i Madonnari, jogging in a myriad of 5k fundraisers, or chatting at our legendary Friday afternoon happy hour (kudos for guessing why it’s called “Beer 30”!).

Did we mention we throw the best Fiesta party in town?


We offer comprehensive architectural services through all phases of design from early stage planning and land-use entitlements, site assessment, conceptual design, permitting, contractor selection, bidding, and construction administration. Our interiors team is comprised of formally educated professional interior designers and provides a full range of services necessary to take your project to the next level. These include early programming and space planning, selection of finish materials, furniture, lighting, and artwork, custom millwork design, construction documentation, and project management.