Over three decades, Osburn/Clarke has completed over 100 custom homes, cabins, and recreational properties on the west coast of Canada and beyond. Each project is an investigation into creating a sensitive and site-specific design that enhances the inherent qualities of often remote and challenging landscapes.
Mark Osburn and Wayne Clarke both graduated from the UBC School of Architecture in 1970. They formed the partnership of Osburn/Clarke after working together on exhibit design for the BC Pavilion at Expo '86. The office operates in a collaborative studio environment wherein client involvement is not only valued, but essential, from initial concept, through development, to project completion. During this process, the client's lifestyle is always a high priority in the resolution of their project's individual requirements.
Raised in the military, Wayne spent his formative years on the east coast. Upon graduating from UBC, he moved back to his native Nova Scotia to work for MacFawn + Rogers Architects in Halifax. While in the Maritimes, under the pseudonym Silky Clarice, he designed and constructed a series of intricate and highly collectable whirlygigs and wind machines. Moving back to Vancouver in 1985 to work on exhibit design for Expo '86 led to the foundation of Osburn/Clarke soon after. With a combined background in engineering and architecture, Wayne is particularly skilled in the development, resolution, and detailing of structures.
Born and raised on the west coast, Mark has never been far from the sea and wilderness. Following graduation, he worked for a number of years as a commercial fisherman and pursuing other ventures including Basho Demolition, an early recycling company. Before founding Osburn/Clarke, he was the design director of Habitat Forum '76 at Jericho Beach, and an exhibit design director of the BC Pavilion at Expo '86. With an unparalleled knowledge of the coast, Mark's expertise lies in the siting and design of buildings in challenging coastal landscapes.
Having grown up on the west coast, and trained on the east coast, Besh has a particular interest in regionally specific architecture. With a Masters in Architecture from Dalhousie University, she worked on a number of residential projects in both Vancouver and Iran prior to joining Osburn/Clarke in 2012. Besh brings a detail-oriented approach to design, and enjoys working closely with builders and consultants to resolve specific building challenges.
More than eight years of experience in the office as well as the field make Clarke an invaluable member of the studio. His strengths lie in client relations and the acquisition of treats.