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the firm
Rick O'Donnell Architect is a full service award-winning residential and commercial architectural firm founded in 1997. Rick O'Donnell, its principal, is a University of Texas graduate and a registered Architect, licensed to practice in the State of Texas. He has been in the building, development and design industries continuously since January 1974. In addition to architecture, he spent thirteen years in homebuilding and seven years in the land development business in Austin and in Southern California. His diverse background and knowledge of the various components of the design, construction and real estate development industries allows the firm to offer a unique and comprehensive service to its clients and to the marketplace.
We don't label our work as a particular style, as each project is unique to its site and to the individual needs of our clients. We want our architecture to be individualistic, created as a unique, one-of-a-kind contemporary interpretation for our clients with a special emphasis on site appropriate design, choice of quality materials and use of interesting, well thought-out details. Our projects begin as a response to the site and are developed functionally and aesthetically based on the lifestyle requirements and programming needs of our clients. If we were to describe our architecture, we would call it Regionalistic in nature with its primary inspiration derived from early Texas shapes, forms, materials, and details recreated in a contemporary urban context. Many of our projects also draw heavily upon the influences of Texas ranch and Texas industrial, Tuscan, Spanish Hacienda and Mediterranean architecture, all of which fit appropriately in our central Texas environment.
We believe that great architecture exists because great clients exist. We look for clients who have the vision to commit and the faith in an architect to pursue the vision through thoughtful design solutions. Our product is ultimately a combined expression of us and our client, but in the end it must be specific to the needs of the client and the climate and environment of the site.

principle / owner profiles
Patrick (Rick) H. O'Donnell - Owner/Principal

Rick O'Donnell is an Austin native and a University of Texas graduate with over 40 years experience in the architecture, construction, real estate and development industries. Rick is a licensed, registered Architect in the State of Texas - #14748.

Beginning in 1974, Rick spent the first four years of his career working for major Houston firms such as Neuhaus & Taylor (later 3D International / 3DI) and Brown & Root working on a variety of projects including hotels, high-rise office buildings, Saudi Arabian royal family palace complexes and oil industry facilities. Upon his return to Austin in 1977, he formed and operated an architectural and homebuilding company focusing on upper end custom homes in Westlake Hills, Austin and surrounding central Texas communities, designing and constructing approximately 100 projects over the next ten years. In 1987 Rick moved his family to Orange County, California, just south of Los Angeles, to accept a position as Project Manager for the renowned J.M. Peters Company in Newport Beach, one of Southern California's premier and most prestigious homebuilding companies. In 1989 he was asked to transfer to Ventura County, north of Los Angeles, to help establish a division office where he was promoted to Director of Construction. In 1989 he was transferred by the firm to Ventura County, north of Los Angeles, to help establish a division office where he served at various times both as Project Manager and Director of Construction. In 1990, Rick was hired as Director of Construction then ultimately Executive Director of Development for Spanish Hills Development Company, the developers of Spanish Hills - an award-winning private golf club and country club community located in Camarillo, California. In 1994, after four years as head of the development arm of the Japanese-owned entity, Rick and his family returned to their native home in the Austin area and settled in Georgetown where he accepted a position as Director of Design & Development for MK Development Company, the developers of Steiner Ranch on Lake Austin. In 1997 he left to make the full circle back to his architectural roots, forming Rick O'Donnell Architect, his current firm. Rick lives in Georgetown with his wife Kim. They have three children - Amy, Brian and Kyle, and four grandchildren - Tyler, Katy, Westin and Mya.

Kimberly (Kim) S. O'Donnell

Kim O'Donnell has been directly involved as owner and partner in various businesses with husband Rick since 1980. In 1980 they formed Rick O'Donnell, Inc., a custom residential design and homebuilding company, and in 1997, together they created Rick O'Donnell Architect. In each business entity, Kim has handled the office management and administrative duties. In addition to those entities, Kim has worked in the real estate and interior design industries and has owned several of her own sales and marketing related businesses throughout the years.


past & present business, service and academic affiliations
University of Texas at Austin - Bachelor of Architecture
Registered Architect, State of Texas License No. 14748
Member American Institute of Architects (AIA)
Member Texas Society of Architects (TSA)
Chair, City of Georgetown Historical and Architectural Review Commission (HARC)
Georgetown Sunrise Rotary Club
Young Men's Business League, Board of Directors
Children's Hospital, Georgetown Circle of Friends Board of Directors
Georgetown Chamber of Commerce
Chair, Wellspring Methodist Church Building Committee

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