ance O'Donnell has had a lifelong connection to desert living. Born in Indio and eventually moving to Palm Desert with at the time, a population of 4,000. In 1991 Lance received his Bachelor of Architecture degree from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and in 1994 his Master of Architecture degree from UCLA. Upon graduation, he moved back to the desert to teach and practice his new craft. His Palm Springs office, o2 Architecture, is dedicated to discovering the essence of place.
His work engages the senses and intellect with a poetic connection to site and rigorous environmentally crafted modernism. Lance became a member of the faculty at College of the Desert in 1994 and Cal Poly Pomona in 1996 where he teaches architectural design and sustainability. For the past eleven years, Lance has been a member of the City of Palm Springs Architectural Advisory Committee. Honors include recognition by the California Energy Commission in 1998 for Outstanding Sustainable Design Teaching and in 2001 by the AIA California Council as one of the talented architects currently emerging.
He was invited to lecture about his professional work at the 2001 AIA Monterey Design Conference, the 2003 AIA National Convention and at the 2006 Dwell Conference "Dwell on Design". Lance has recently completed a sustainable hillside home for his family, which is in the LEED for Homes pilot program. The home has the potential for Platinum designation, the highest possible.