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Polly Osborne, FAIA, LEED AP

Polly Osborne's architectural career began in 1977 when she went to work for the Architectural firm of Ray Rector and Associates in Napa Valley. While working for Rector, she gained knowledge of adobe, earth-sheltered and rammed earth, as well as conventional design and construction methods. Soon after, she earned her Master of Architecture at Southern California Institute of Architecture. As a student her award winning entries in the Cal Poly "Design Village" and Morcote Castle Competitions dealt specifically with site-specific architecture. After receiving her master's and Architectural license, Polly started Osborne and Associates in 1987. From 1992 to 1997 the firm was called Osborne Erickson Architects, when John Erickson joined the team. Later John left to pursue other activities. Currently Polly is working with Dana Motley, a talented young designer from the great state of Kentucky. Polly is also a fine artist, working mainly in watercolor and ceramics.

Polly has been published in Sunset Magazine, USA Kitchen Trends, Western Interiors, House & Home, Designing with Spirituality, West Coast Rooms, Outdoor Rooms, the Monterey Herald and the LA Times Magazine. In 2002 Osborne Architects won the HomeBook Gold medal in furniture design, Silver medal in New Homes under 5000 SF and the Silver medal in Residential Remodeling.Polly has won awards for architectural design excellence, green building innovation, and historical restoration. Polly is a very active member of the Cheap Replica Watches AIA Committee on the Environment as well as a member of USGBC and the Society for Architectural Historians. She has lectured, been on advisory panels or guest critiqued at Southern California Institute of Architecture, Cal Poly Pomona, Build It Green, Southern California Gas Company Energy Center, Eco Expo, Occidental College, Los Angeles Green Building Conference, Altbuild, and the USGBC.

Polly Osborne is a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects (FAIA). Fellowship is an honor bestowed by the American Institute of Architects on architects who have made outstanding contributions to the  profession through design excellence, contributions in the field of architectural education, or to the advancement of the profession. Becoming a FAIA is considered a great honor; fewer than 2 percent of all registered architects in the United States are elected to fellowship in the AIA.


  • A Nossa Casa, Maputo, Mozambique, 2009-present
  • University of Southern California, 2010
  • AIA Committee on the Environment, 1993-present
  • City of Los Angeles Green Team, 2010
  • U.S. Green Building Council Green Guide “Ask a Pro,” 2010-present
  • City of Santa Monica Civic Center Sustainable Design Charette, 1995
  • Los Angeles Environmental Building Conference, 1992

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  • Altbuild Conference, Santa Monica, 2010
  • AIA COTE: “Beyond Prefab” Containers, Dirt & Other Affordable, Green Strategies forResidential Construction
  • Reencontro: A Nossa Casa—A community approach to caring for and empowering the children orphaned by the AIDS pandemic,
  • 2010 Maputo, Mozambique
  • Los Angeles Bioneers, 2009
  • Guest lecturer: Environmental Swiss Replica Omega Watches For Sale  Movements Local to California and the Global Effects
  • San Fernando Valley Bioneers, 2009
  • Guest lecturer: Site Specific Architecture in California and Africa
  • Bioneers are innovators from all walks of life who examine living systems to learn how to
  • mimic nature in order to serve human ends without harming the web of life.
  • University of Calgary, 2009
  • Guest Lecturer, Environmental and Site Specific Architecture
  • AIA-Monterey Bay Sustainable Buildings Tour, 2009
  • Tree House
  • 2008 AIA Monterey Bay Public Lecture
  • The Work of Will Shaw, FAIA
  • Monterey Environmental Building Expo, 2008
  • Site Specific Architecture and Green Building
  • Altbuild Conference, Santa Monica, 2008
  • Site Specific Architecture
  • Build it Green, Downey, CA, 2007
  • Green Design, two case studies
  • Build It Green Design Tour, South Bay, CA, 2007
  • Featured green buildings of the San Mateo County Area. The Taiji House was the most
  • visited house on this tour and was voted the “People’s Choice.”
  • Stanford University Sustainable Design Study, Menlo Park, CA, 2007
  • A field trip and lecture at the Taiji House for Stanford University students
  • “Our Town” Monterey Television, 2007
  • TV guest on the show “Our Town” discussing the elements of green design and examples on
  • the Monterey Peninsula
  • Society of Architectural Historians Tour, Monterey Peninsula, 2004
  • This tour featured significant Monterey Peninsula early-twentieth-century buildings of
  • George Washington Smith to the present. Examples of Polly’s work were included along with
  • such significant architects as Cesar Pelli and Charles Moore.
  • Eco-Expo, Los Angeles, CA, 1994
  • Panel on Site Specific Design
  • Los Angeles Environmental Building Conference, 1993
  • Event Chair and Moderator
  • Occidental College, Los Angeles,1992
  • Guest lecturer: Careers in Architecture
  • Sacramento State University, 1990
  • Guest Lecturer: “Site Specific Architecture”
  • Group Show: “Site Specific Architecture” at SSU Gallery




  • 2009 AIACC Foundation Nathaniel Owings Award
  • For outstanding accomplishments in the preservation of nature in relation to the California
  • built environment
  • 2009 AIA Monterey Bay Honor Award
  • Preston Way Residence
  • 2009 AIA Monterey Bay Exemplary Sustainable Design Award
  • Preston Way Residence
  • 2007 AIA Monterey Bay Citation Award
  • Taiji Residence
  • 2000 AIA Monterey Bay Award for Design Excellence
  • Tree House (The jury also praised the project’s environmental sensitivity.


  • 2011 Pacific Grove Heritage Society Heritage House Award
  • Gordon Residence
  • 2008 Build it Green, South Bay Green Home Tour People’s Choice Award
  • Taiji Residence
  • 2008 Sustainable San Mateo County Residential Award of Highest Achievement
  • Taiji Residence
  • 2008 Green Building Award Single-Family Residence Winner
  • Taiji Residence
  • 2002 The HomeBook Gold Medal in Furniture Design
  • Anderle Residence
  • 2002 HomeBook Silver Medal in New Homes under 5,000 square feet
  • Tree House
  • 2002 HomeBook Silver Medal in Residential Remodeling
  • Dowse Residence
  • 1984 First prize, Morcote Castle Design SCI-ARC
  • Vico Morcote, Switzerland
  • 1983 Vico Morcote “Excellence in Design”
  • 1982 Cal-Poly Site Design Award First prize
  • Cal Poly Design Village



  • The Green Home, Sunset Publishing, 2010
  • Taiji Residence
  • Rubble with a Cause, Jonathan Dobre, 2003
  • Designing Dreams: The Los Angeles Home Book, Third Edition, 2002
  • Furniture, Tree House, Dowse Residence
  • Outdoor Rooms, Julie Taylor, 2001
  • Chemel Residence
  • Design with Spirituality, 2001
  • Anderele Residence
  • West Coast Rooms, Edie Cohen, 2000
  • Chemel Residence


  • Green Builder, May 2009
  • Taiji Residence
  • Western Interiors & Design, 2007
  • Furniture for Baer House
  • Kitchen Trends Volume 16, 2000
  • Poncher/Ogle Residence
  • Sunset Magazine, March 1996
  • Chemel Residence


  • “HomeWizards”
  • Polly was interviewed for this talk radio program by Cindy Dole in October 2010