Benjamin David Olsen is a designer working in architecture, stagecraft, and exhibit design. He holds a Master of Architecture degree from Yale School of Architecture and a Bachelor or Arts from St. Olaf College. He was a graduate liaison to the Yale World Fellows program and a Franke Fellow. He received the David M Schwarz Travel Fellowship and the Bonde Award for interdisciplinary work in architecture & scenic design.
Mr. Olsen is co-founder of the wide-ranging design practice Hughes Olsen Workshop (HOW). From research-driven investigations to realized projects, the workshop invests creative energy in a range of built and theoretical projects spanning from architecture to furniture design to exhibit design to writing. Current work includes several affordable housing prototypes and a book about adaptive-reuse.
He also works as an architectural designer with Lazor/Office, a Minneapolis-based architectural design practice. Previously he has worked with DMSAS and the ACE group of HGA Architects and Engineers. He co-designed and curated Homeless : Housed, a pavilion for the International Festival of Arts & Ideas in New Haven, Connecticut. His studies have been global, led by various practitioners including Jessica Helfand, Brigitte Shim, Omar Gandhi, Bryan Fuermann, and Gary Gisselman.
Mr. Olsen's theatrical credits include stage designs for Theater Latté Da, Artistry, Stages Theater Company, and Park Square Theater. Upcoming work includes set designs for the world premier of Twelve Angry Men at Theater Latté Da.
In his spare time, Mr. Olsen enjoys painting, gardening, traveling, and being outdoors.