• A major career decision was to establish a small studio in a natural setting where we could focus on creating a limited number of carefully crafted projects. We began on the Mendonoma coast in 1971 and relocated to the Dry Creek Valley near Healdsburg in 1993.
  • Our work is recognized as insightful, exemplary, and distinguished.
  • Our work has a personal and humane spirit based on concern for the people who will occupy our buildings – resulting in places people love to use and experience.
  • Our work distills complex requirements and relationships down to a few simple strong ideas and strives to synthesize these into simple, strong forms.
  • Our work is aesthetically refreshing, technically accomplished, and has received over 40 design awards. In 2008 Obie was inducted into the College of Fellows in the American Institute of Architects.
  • Our work is reverently respectful of Mother Nature – our proudest accomplishment is when we are able to create projects that resonate with their settings.

Life and Death

All of us are not created equal – or afforded equal access to life’s opportunities. We consider ourselves among the fortunate and find meaning in striving to take advantage of the opportunities around us – this is part of what drives us to excel.
  • Life and Death