San Luis Obispo, California






Licensed architect in New Jersey

Clare Olsen  is an architect, installation artist, author and faculty member at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo.  She founded her practice, C.O.CO., in 2006,  focused on installation and furniture scale projects, often awarded through competitions. Her most recent installations, PROJECTions and Reflection, are installed in the School of Information Studies at Syracuse University and  the Robert E. Kennedy Library at Cal Poly.  The project TEXtile, designed with Vasilena Vassilev, was selected as a Runner Up for TEX-FAB's Repeat competition and WindNest, designed with Trevor Lee for the Land Art Generator Initiative competition, was recently commissioned for construction in Pittsburgh.


Olsen’s research has focused on interdisciplinarity, computation, materials and design pedagogy. Her book, co-authored with engineer Sinead Mac Namara, Collaborations in Architecture and Engineering(Routledge, 2014), has received international acclaim.  The authors have also co-written numerous conference papers on the topic and a featured article for Albenaa Magazine in Saudi Arabia.


A dedicated educator, Olsen has taught at Tulane University, Cornell University, and Syracuse University prior to her current appointment. Her second year students' work was selected for exhibition at the University of Houston for the National Conference on the Beginning Design Student, and has been presented at conferences throughout the country, including ACSA in Boston, San Francisco and Miami.


Olsen has been an invited juror at numerous schools of architecture, including the California College of the Arts, Syracuse University London Program, Architectural Association, University of California Los Angeles, University of Pennsylvania, and Cornell University.


She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Studies from Brown University and a Masters of Architecture with distinction from the University of California Los Angeles.


Olsen is NCARB certified and a registered architect in New Jersey.








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