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Obie Bowman

Member Since: January 1, 1975

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Obie G. Bowman FAIA
Professional Title: principal
P.O. Box 1114
Healdsburg  California  95448

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Primary Email: ogb@obiebowman.com

About Obie Bowman

The values I bring to my work have grown out of my own experiences and reach back to some of the fondest memories of youth. I grew up in the San Fernando Valley at a time when agriculture was the predominant sense of the landscape and the Los Angeles River was a wonderful source of life and boyhood experience.

Early on I became fascinated by nature especially plants and animals around riparian environments. As the years went by I was aware that development was bringing about many environmental changes but lacked the experience and perspective to foresee the coming consequences. Many years later it became clear that I had witnessed the complete replacement of the agrarian landscape with a continuous desolate suburbanization and of the river with a new concrete flood channel where people threw bottles and dumped shopping carts. The trauma of this experience crystallized a personal paradox with which I have struggled ever since a desire to build and a need to work with rather than against the natural landscape.

Education

  1. Arizona State University Bachelor of Architecture (1965-1967)
  2. University of California Berkeley Architecture (1964-1965)
  3. University of Southern California Architecture (1961-1964)

Experience

  • 1967-71 Apprenticed with Los Angeles Architects
  • 1971Moved to Mendocino Coast and started own practice
  • 1973 Opened office at The Sea Ranch CA
  • 1974 Licensed in California
  • 1994 Opened second office in Dry Creek Valley near Healdsburg in Sonoma County CA
  • 2008 Inducted into the AIA College of Fellows
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