Born in Philadelphia, Richard J. O'Donnell graduated from Catholic High School in 1916 and then attended Drexel Institute from 1918 through 1920 and the T-Square Club Atelier from 1920 to 1923. By 1921 he was already employed with Day & Zimmermann and continued with them for a year before beginning a series of jobs which alternated between architectural and engineering offices. These included Clarence E. Wunder (1922-1924), Gabriel Roth (1924-1926), Philadelphia Bureau of Engineers (1926-1928), Hoffman & Henon (1928-1929), Bureau of Engineers (1929-1931), Bureau of Engineering & Surveys (1931-1935), Department of City Architecture, Philadelphia (1935-1952), and Pennsylvania Bureau of Engineering & Construction, 1952-?. By 1958 (or earlier) O'Donnell was Director of the Bureau of Engineering and Construction.
He joined the AIA in 1952 and was a member of Philadelphia Chapter. He gained Emeritus status in 1964.
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Clubs and Membership Organizations
- Pennsylvania Society of Architects
- American Institute of Architects (AIA)
- Philadelphia Chapter, AIA
- T-Square Club
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