Benjamin David Olsen is a designer working in architecture, stagecraft, and exhibit design. He co-founded 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 design practice. He co-designed and curated Homeless : Housed, a pavilion for the International Festival of Arts & Ideas, and the exhibit Architectures of Adaptive Reuse at the Yale School of Architecture.
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.
He holds a Master of Architecture degree from Yale School of Architecture and a Bachelor or Arts from St. Olaf College.
In his spare time, Mr. Olsen enjoys painting, traveling, and playing with his puppy, Arden.