Lance has published a number of research papers on the history and theory of architecture in academic journals, notably the Journal of Architectural Education (JAE). His essay "Slumming in Utopia" (2000) coined the term "protest construction" and won the JAE Award from the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA). His essays have been widely cited in book and academic journals.
"The Ship of Theseus: Identity and the Barcelona Pavilion(s)," Journal of Architectural Education, October, 2018
Uses the philosophy of identity to study the differences between the 1929 and 1986 pavilions. Supported by a 2001 grant from the Graham Foundation.
"Transcendent Space," SIAJ, Catholic University of America Architecture Journal, Summer, 2005
Studies spatial patterns in sacred space throughout history.
"Poseidon's Oar," Space and Culture, February, 2005
The origins of colonial space may be traced to attitudes about the environment in ancient Greece.
"Architecture, Fear, and Violence: Remembering the L.A. Riots," CRIT, Fall, 2002
On the relationships between public space and the 1992 Los Angeles riots.
"Hidden Lines: Gender, Race, and the Body in Graphic Standards," Journal of Architectural Education, November, 2001
The depiction of “the human figure” in the popular professional guide is sexually and racially charged. Republished in in Korydon Smith, Introducing Architectural Theory (Routledge, 2012).
"Subversive Constructions," Dichotomy, University of Detroit Mercy Architecture Journal, Spring, 2000
Uses the Trojan Horse as the precursor to a long line of built structures infiltrating public space.
"Slumming in Utopia: Protest Construction and the Iconography of Urban America," Journal of Architectural Education, February, 2000
Examines the use of construction as a means of political protest. Coined the term "protest construction." Won the ACSA's JAE Award (2001).
"Representation and Landscape in Le Corbusier," CRIT 22
Examines the changing relationship between the architect’s buildings and their settings over the course of his career.