SOURCE: The American Institute of Architects California Council

The American Institute of Architects California Council

November 18, 2009 15:00 ET

The California Architectural Foundation Recognizes Polly Osborne, AIA, as the Recipient of the Prestigious Nathaniel A. Owings Award

SACRAMENTO, CA--(Marketwire - November 18, 2009) - Polly Osborne, AIA, has been recognized by the California Architectural Foundation as the recipient of the prestigious 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.

Currently, Osborne is implementing green building techniques on an emerging project entitled "A Nossa Casa," a center for children orphaned by AIDS in Mozambique. By developing a home base offering services to these often forgotten children, she influences the next generation with a better awareness of their environment and greater health for the entire community.

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.

The California Architectural Foundation (CAF) is the funding and research arm of the American Institute of Architects, California Council. The AIACC has a membership of more than 11,000 design professionals in California. CAF funds scholarships, grants and programs that support architectural education and research into the environment throughout California.

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