Anne Olson


I have a great enthusiasm for art and architecture, and a love of nature. Combining the two into my studies in sustainable design has been a perfect mix. I have studied the latest technological advances and issues regarding sustainable design/living by having recently graduated (December 2011) from Columbia College Chicago's MFA program in Architectural Studies/ Interior Architecture—Sustainable Design. I worked as a paid intern and then consultant for the City of Chicago at the Chicago Center for Green Technology, and continue to sit on the board of their materials review panel for their Green Materials Resource Center. I have acquired my LEED AP ID+C certification and plan to earn certification in LEED EBOM. I have LEED project experience via an online project for an Iowa green workforce training program facility.

My thesis topic involves the need for a Net Positive or Regenerative design certification process, arguing that LEED standards should become code. The project to illustrate my thesis incorporates the benchmarks set in my ALaRM checklist (Adaptive-reuse Local and Regenerative Mixed-use), applied to a hundred-year-old warehouse here in Chicago.

Currently, I am pursuing a career in sustainable design, with all that could entail. My preference is to become a designer at an architectural firm, specializing in adaptive reuse, or a sustainable materials specialist at a firm or third party agency. I would also like to teach about sustainable design to promote dialog and action regarding our environment.


  • sustainable design
  • adaptive reuse
  • interior architecture
  • architecture
  • video art


  • Adobe Creative Suite
  • AutoCad 2010
  • AutoCad Architecture 2010
  • 3-D Max
  • Revit
  • BIM
  • SketchUp Pro
  • V-Ray
  • manual drafting
  • water color
  • model-making
  • photography
  • Final Cut Pro
  • Avid
  • ProTools