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Olsen Vranas
Olsen Vranas

Olsen|Vranas Design and Build is an award-winning architecture and design firm led by co-principals Keith Olsen and Cynthia Vranas. Full-service and multi-faceted, O|V stewards a project from design inception to construction completion, managing its every phase and detail. With a host of Architects, Designers, Construction Managers, Craftsmen, and Artists the firm consistently achieves enduring, award-winning environments that are at once responsive to client and setting, cost-effective, uplifting, and beautiful. 

Keith Olsen, principal, founder

Keith Olsen

Principal, founder

While acting as a draftsman to Gene Summers at C.F. Murphy and Project Architect at Hammond Beeby, Keith Olsen learned much about durability and beauty through design. His career continued as a Principal of the award-winning firm beginning in 1978 as Krueck & Olsen Architects and was a Studio Professor at the Illinois Institute of Technology. Keith Olsen continues to direct the work of the firm Olsen|Vranas Design and Build from the design through construction. Olsen's innate curiosity for construction led the firm to organize Olsen|Vranas Build - much at their Clients' request. 

Cynthia Vranas, principal

Cynthia Vranas Olsen


Cynthia Vranas Olsen has an education in architecture, interior design, furniture design, and architectural history and theory. Along with experience from her former employer, Murphy / Jahn, Ms. Vranas Olsen imbues her interest in architectural preservation into the office. Sharing design and project management skills with Olsen, Cynthia also taught at Harrington Institute of Interior Design, where she served as the Associate Dean of Education. She has been awarded a PhD from the College of Architecture, the Illinois Institute of Technology for her research and writing about the arts and their influence on architecture, using a 19th century French case study.



Olsen | Vranas's excellence in the practice of architecture and design has been acknowledged by receipt of local and national honor awards, including the following:

Association of Licensed Architects, Silver Medal | 2016


American Society of Interior Designers, Design Excellence Awards 1st Place | 2014


City of Chicago Office of the Mayor, Chicago Landmark Award for Preservation Excellence - New Construction 2011


U.S Green Building Council, LEED for Homes, GOLD | 2011


"Young Architects Forum", Group Project Competition, 1st Place, Buenos Aires, Argentina 1992


American Institute of Architects, National Honor Award | 1986


American Institute of Architects, Chicago, Chapter Interior Architecture, Certificate of Merit | 1985

American Institute of Architects, Distinguished Building Award 1984


American Institute of Architects, Chicago, Chapter Interior Architecture Honor Award | 1984


American Institute of Steel Construction Award | 1981


American Institute of Architects, Chicago, Chapter Honor Award | 1980



American Society of Interior Designers Award
Chicago Landmarks award
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