Benjamin David Olsen designs three-dimensional environments, including stage sets, architectural spaces, and exhibits. He is pursuing a Master of Architecture degree at Yale School of Architecture and trained in the liberal arts at St. Olaf College. He is the recipient of the 2018 David M Schwarz Internship and Travel Fellowship and the 2013 Bonde Award for interdisciplinary work in architecture & scenic design.
He has worked in the office of David M Schwarz Architects in Washington, D.C. and with the Arts, Community, and Education practice at HGA Architects & Engineers under John Cook and Joan Soranno. He co-designed and curated "Homeless : Housed," a pavilion for the International Festival of Arts & Ideas in New Haven, Connecticut. He has studied design with Jessica Helfand at Yale School of Management, theatre in London, art in Manhattan, and literature in the West Indies.
His theatrical credits include two seasons as resident set designer at Artistry and props master at Theater Latte Da, where he worked with directors Joe Chvala and Peter Rothstein. He designed props for Theater Latte Da’s “Sweeney Todd” which was named the Star Tribune Production of the Year 2015, and acclaimed productions of “Into the Woods,” “Gypsy,” and "C." His work with other theaters includes Stages Theater Company where he designed touring productions of “The Little Mermaid” and “Annie”and Park Square Theater. From 2013 to 2016, Ben was a teaching artist at Saint Paul Academy and Summit School where he co-led the tech crew, designed scenery, and taught carpentry and painting.
Ben is interested in design broadly defined to include many aspects of critical thinking, analysis, research, and creative production.