Who we are
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. 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 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.
Osborne Architects
About Us
At Osborne Architects we focus on site-specific architecture that seeks to minimize environmental impact and bring our clients health, comfort, beauty and harmony. Our goal is to harmonize materials and details, suit the site and satisfy the client. We use environmentally responsible products, locally made materials, renewable resources and solar heating and natural ventilation techniques. We support cradle-to-cradle principles. We study the social and natural context of each project to create comfort and a lasting aesthetic experience for the client with minimal disturbance of the site.

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.

Polly's Green Sheet: How You Can Help Improve the Environment
The following are a few things you can do to have better environmental building practices.
- Construction Site: Recycle construction waste. Set up your site with separate bins for daily recycling and hire demolition contractors that recycle the demolition materials.
- Paving and Landscaping: Encourage drought tolerant landscape and low flow drip irrigations. Use permeable paving in yards and driveways to reduce storm drain runoff.
- Foundation, Framing and Roofing: Request a concrete mix containing fly ash and/or slag. Use engineered lumber, steel, FSC certified wood and Oriented Strand Board instead of standard solid lumber and plywood.
- Plumbing, Appliances, Air Conditioning and Heating: Insulate heating pipes. Install on-demand hot water heaters. Use water efficient faucet and fixtures. Make sure there is natural ventilation for successful air flow through the building and roof. Install south facing windows for warmth, and protect them with overhangs, awnings, and deciduous trees for cooling.
Testimonials
7 Reviews
Donna Cunningham
Relationship: ClientProject Date: Dec 2006

Polly and her team designed a complete remodel of our Hermosa Beach home and converted it from a drab French provencial rectangle to a beautiful 2 story Spanish colonial with handprinted tile inside a...Read More

Dirk Moyer, Landscape Architect
Relationship: ColleagueProject Date: Jul 2006

Inspirational. I had the pleasure of working with Polly and her Team, truly innovative, collaborative, and consummate Professionals. Excellent communication and responsiveness in all aspects of the de...Read More

Roni Cummings
Relationship: ClientProject Date: Dec 2013

We worked with Polly Osborne for our kitchen, laundry room, and gym projects. She helped us in all aspects from respecting the integrity of the home as an architectural statement all the way to redes...Read More

maluana10
Relationship: ClientProject Date: Apr 2009

Polly is the most creative, innovative architect I’ve ever worked with, and her commitment to make the lives of children orphaned by AIDS in Mozambique speaks to the humanity and deep commitment to so...Read More

Imelda
Relationship: ClientProject Date: Apr 2013

My husband and I had a wonderful experience working with Polly and the rest of her fantastic team. We loved our 1930 Spanish home, but it had some major issues. However, we really wanted to stay in ...Read More

gruelas
Relationship: ClientProject Date: Mar 2012

After looking at the housing market in Los Angeles it became apparent that all the homes that suited our needs were just out of our reach. My wife and I decided that redesigning and enlarging our exis...Read More

Tellus Design + Build
Relationship: ColleagueProject Date: Dec 2013

I and my firm have worked with and hired Osborne Architects numerous times since we first constructed one of Polly's residential designs 3 years ago in Los Angeles....a total of 4 major projects, and ...Read More

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Awards
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