About the Firm

Architecture is Very Much an Act of Listening.

At Justin Pauly Architects we believe that each project is the expression of a unique relationship between a structure, its occupants and the landscape in which both are to exist.

The structures we choose to create utilize both material and energy efficiently. We are expected to understand the technical challenges, the regulatory obstacles and the construction techniques by which our structures are shaped and we believe that, in the end, the buildings that emerge from each process should be structurally sound, visually pleasing, and live lightly on the land.

The occupants we serve may, or may not, be our clients. Regardless, we recognize that they will enrich the spaces we create and in order to fully serve them we must understand their culture, their needs and their own vision for the process we are embarking on together. Architecture is very much an act of listening.

The landscape in which we have chosen to work is that of California. It is a diverse setting of coastline, forests, deserts and valleys. There are cities, suburbs, farms and wilderness, and each context should dictate its own varied architectural solution. It is vital that a building react to both its immediate surroundings and its larger “place.” In our opinion, all good works of architecture have done just that.

Justin Pauly, AIA

Justin Pauly studied architecture at U.C. Berkeley’s College of Environmental Design. After graduation, Justin worked for Siegel & Strain Architects in Emeryville, California where he honed his skills in sustainable building practices and site specific design. Justin also managed several important projects for the firm, including the award winning Angelo Reserve Environmental Science Center.

After several years with Siegel & Strain, Justin embarked upon graduate studies in City & Regional Planning at MIT. While in Cambridge, he also worked at New Ecology, Inc., co-authoring the study The Costs & Benefits of Green Affordable Housing. In addition to this research, Justin participated in urban design studios in Montreal, Laos and Beijing.

Upon completing his graduate work, Justin returned to his native Monterey County and worked with noted local architect, Richard K. Rhodes. In 2008 Justin launched his own practice, Justin Pauly Architects. He continues to work on a mix of residential, commercial and planning projects throughout the south-bay area, Salinas Valley and Monterey Peninsula. Justin is a licensed architect in the State of California.

Dominick Askew

Dominick has lived and worked on the Monterey Peninsula for the past ten years. Having worked for a variety of small firms on the Peninsula, Dominick has extensive experience as a project architect on a wide range of building types including education, recreation and residential structures.

Most recently, he has been the project Architect for several new and remodeled structures at the Santa Catalina School in Monterey, California. Dominick, his wife and young son live in Marina where Dominick serves on the City of Marina’s Design Review Board.

Charlie Hornisher

A native of Monterey County, Charlie Hornisher brings 15 years of project management experience to Justin Pauly Architects. With a background in structural engineering, architecture and interior design, Charlie has worked on numerous project types including single family residential, multi-family housing and commercial buildings.

When not chasing his young daughter, Charlie can be found pursuing his after-hours passion in graphic design.