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Architecture... Do Not Add Water [Lecture]

25 January 2018
Palm Springs Art Museum, Annenberg Theater

Local architect Lance O’Donnell, AIA, of o2 Architecture will examine the timeless ideas embedded in vernacular desert architecture and how they informed the architecture of the historic 1940s-‘60s. These ideas underlay o2 Architecture’s sustainable and cultural explorations, exemplified by the new Administrative and Operations Campus at Sunnylands. The 15-acre addition northwest of the existing historic site intends to operate as a living laboratory and a leader in responsible development in the desert. Listen and be inspired by O’Donnell’s perspective on the local historic built environment and its impact on his contemporary practice.


This FREE lecture will be in the Annenberg Theater from 5-6pm. 


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Lance O’Donnell received his Bachelor of Architecture degree from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and his Master of Architecture degree from UCLA. A fourth generation Coachella Valley native, O’Donnell opened his Palm Springs office, o2 Architecture, which is dedicated to discovering the essence of place. His work engages the senses and intellect with a poetic connection to site and ecologically crafted modernism. Embedded in this thread are immersive explorations into modern social science, technology, building systems, products, construction methods, and sustainable design. Embracing diversity—in all its forms—and the dynamic daily and seasonal patterns of place, affords o2 Architecture an opportunity to value the past while allowing discovery and resiliency to environmental change.


Thank you to our 2017-18 ADC Lecture Series Sponsors!

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Additional funding provided by Linda Usher & Malcolm Lambe, Dorothy C. Meyerman, Roswitha Kima Smale, Bill & Vicki Hood, Fred Karren, and Tom Given & Jeff Wright.


Photo credit: Lance O'Donnell, Administrative and Operations Campus at Sunnylands, Rancho Mirage, CA, 2017, photograph courtesy o2 Architecture