Steven Olson, AIA, NCARB


In his role as President, Steve provides executive leadership over the firm's vision, strategy, and operations. He brings a leadership style to this role that aligns with our company values, and his collaborative nature draws together the firm's talents to grow our reputation as a multi-service industry leader. CESO’s pursuit in establishing strong client relationships is one of Steve’s primary focuses. He realizes that while anyone can provide a solution for a project, clients seek out strategic partners that understand their long-term goals and can align themselves with those efforts.

Steve has over 25 years of experience leading multi-discipline teams. His career began in restaurant design but over time branched out into a variety of commercial industries which have included retail, hospitality, municipal, worship, mixed-use, and industrial. He holds Architectural degrees from the University of Buffalo and Kent State, is a long-standing member of the AIA, International Council of Shopping Center, and serves on the Retail Contractor's Association Advisory Board.

"You have heard it said, 'It's not personal, it's just business.' At CESO we want it to be personal because our only chance at true business success, by our definition, is through genuine relationship-building with coworkers, clients, and our communities, or growth for its own sake would be meaningless."