The first step of a great journey is often unremarkable at the time…barely even recognized as a moment until years later. When Dougan Clarke accepted his first job, he couldn’t have imagined the ripple effect it would cause. Yet the craft he learned as a marine rigger became the inspiration for his pioneering work in outdoor living spaces. With support from fellow enthusiasts, he combined his love for the water, his curiosity for how things are made, and his internal drive for making them better—and designed the world’s first architectural shade structure. That’s where the TUUCI story begins.