SCI-Arc Alum Polly Osborne (M.Arch ‘87) has won the 2009 AIACC Foundation Nathaniel A. Owings award for her significant contribution to the environment, as well as incorporating the principles of sustainable design. The Nathaniel A. Owings award is given to those who have demonstrated an outstanding accomplishment in the preservation of nature in conjunction with California's built environment.
Polly Osborne, AIA, developed her own firm in 1987. In an ongoing focus on sustainable design, Osborne approaches every project with a site analysis, followed by recommendations for site preservation and restoration, during and after construction. The buildings are designed to use local, salvaged materials (whenever feasible) from the project demolition itself, as well as passive solar and other environmental techniques that depend on site and budget constraints. Her philosophy and practice entail building as little as possible initially and maintaining as much of the natural elements of the site as she can through construction.
Osborne Architects designs remodels, new residential design, and small community design, mainly in California. Polly is a member of the AIA Committee on the Environment, the USGBC, and the Society for Architectural Historians.