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Dustin started O2 Treehouse in 2004. They detail the beginnings of their company in their Starter Story interview: 
Q: How did you get started on O2 Treehouse?
I grew up immersed in nature, climbing trees soon after learning to walk. I’ve always been inspired by the power of design science and how it could transform the world. I went to MCAD, a design college in Minneapolis, beginning with furniture design. It’s likely because of this background that I approached architecture from a new angle, with the flexibility and innovation more common in furniture.
Competition has its merits, but that collaboration is so much stronger. There is almost always room for everyone to succeed.
For my senior capstone project, I built a geodesic sphere in a treetop, which I loved as an ideal because it represents doing more with less and the power of efficiency. That's what made it possible for me to build it so high in a Poplar tree it could’ve been mistaken for the moon! And that was the snowball that started O2T rolling. It garnered attention from some of the established pros in the treehouse building world, and when I went to my first World Treehouse Conference in Oregon in 2006, I realized that I really was on to something.
Always focused on sustainable solutions for a world in crisis, I founded O2 Sustainability LLC in 2007 and played around with lots of ideas including new designs for freeway overpasses using recycled materials - such as walls made of recycled tires. My ideas have always come from a desire to create something new and inspiring that might change the way we see and interact with the world and each other.
I made a couple of proposals for sculptures in art parks and similar venues, and then I turned to a tree-mounted structural design. I was trying to find the best design solution to encompass the greatest floor area with the least amount of material and realized that the geodesic sphere was the ultimate solution. It allowed me to attach the connection points anywhere on the sphere without impeding upon the usable space. I then created many different iterations across the country, all of which have led me to the refined structural forms of O2 Treehouse today.
Contributors to this article:
- Pat Walls, Founder @ Starter Story