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10 Innovative Architects to Watch

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Lance O'Donnell

Hailing from Palm Springs, Calif., Lance O'Donnell has taken design inspiration from his rugged desert surroundings, as well as the city's progressive architecture and community feel. O'Donnell built upon the work of amazing architects like Don Wexler (who led the modernist movement in the mid-century), and ended up collaborating with Wexler for several years. O'Donnell's style is modern, but also incorporates a sense of sustainability environmental responsibility.

His own family house is indicative of his style -- with clean lines, open spaces and an exterior that allows it to blend into the surrounding hills. It's also eligible for platinum LEED certification. O'Donnell focused on energy conservation, incorporating passive cooling and heating systems. For example, he oriented the home and its windows to cut down on air conditioning use in the summer, while also bringing it a lot of light and retaining heat in the winter. It incorporates concrete, metal, glass, and wood. O'Donnell has also remodeled numerous homes to make them more environmentally friendly and modern.

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