Sheri Olson, FAIA

I’m a registered architect with over 25 years of experience. I have a Masters of Advanced Architectural Design from Columbia University in New York, and a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Arizona. I am LEED certified in green design. In 2004 I was advanced to the American Institute of Architect’s College of Fellows for my contributions to the profession.

As an architectural journalist for 10 years, I spent time with some of the best architects in the world—including Frank Gehry, Steven Holl and Rem Koolhaas—talking one-on-one with them about design and exploring their projects. I approach my own design practice with everything I learned from this enlightening experience.

I’m active in many aspects of the design field, including architectural education and community development. I’ve taught design at the Rhode Island School of Design, the University of Texas at Austin and the University of Washington and am a sought after lecturer and public speaker on architecture. Seattle’s mayor appointed me to both the Design Commission and the Design Review Board. I’m an active member of Architects Without Borders and I’m currently providing pro-bono design services for a new school in Nicaragua.

Selected Publications

“Architect Sheri Olson’s Favorite Space: Living Room,” Seattle Homes & Lifestyles, October 2010.

“Simply Stated,” Inhabit: The best of the Pacific Northwest, Fall Quarter, 2008.

“Simply Stated,” [Cover] Spring Home Design, Pacific Northwest, May 18, 2008.

“Elevated, Smartly,” Spring Home Design, Pacific Northwest, May 21, 2006.

Honors & Awards

2016, 2015, 2014, 2013 Best of Houzz for Design

2012, 2015 and 2016 Best of Houzz for Customer Satisfaction

2010 Seattle Homes & Lifestyles Architects’ Favorite Spaces

2004 Advanced to College of Fellows, American Institute of Architects.


Community Service / Pro Bono

Architects Without Borders 2015 to present

Seattle Design Review Board, Downtown, Design Professional Representative, 2010 -2012

Seattle Design Commission, Design Professional Representative 2004-2006

Pro Bono Design Services for the Queen Anne Farmer’s Market

Stakeholder, Uptown & South Lake Union, Visioning Charette Stakeholder Group, A Joint Vision for Uptown & South Lake Union Urban Centers, 2007