Aaron joined the firm in 2004 and earned his license to practice in 2008. As a project manager, he coordinates our design efforts, prepares specifications and provides oversight of deliverables produced by associates of the firm. Areas of emphasis include site development on campuses of higher education, high performance athletic fields and parks and recreation.
Education & Professional Expertise
Aaron possesses a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture and a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Design from North Dakota State University. While a student, he interned part-time for three years with the North Dakota Department of Transportation. Aaron is licensed to practice landscape architecture in Oregon. He is a member of the American Society of Landscape Architects, and several professional organizations that specialize in athletic field design, construction and maintenance.
Prominent higher education projects of Aaron’s include the Integrative Science Complex, Museum of Natural History, Health and Counseling Center and Erb Memorial Union Expansion at the University of Oregon, and Reser Stadium Parking and 26th Avenue Portal on the Oregon State campus. Other notable projects include Glaze Meadow Recreation Complex and Welcome Center at Black Butte Ranch, Quartz Park in Springfield, and Slocum Center in Eugene, a LEED Gold project which was awarded 1st Place Landscape Architecture in the 2009 AIA SWO People’s Choice Awards.
During his career at Cameron McCarthy, Olsen has amassed an exceptional collection of athletics facility experience that includes six track and field complexes and the implementation of nearly every synthetic turf project designed by the firm. Notable athletic fields and facilities projects include the major renovation to Hayward Field for the 2008 Olympic Trials, Powell Plaza at Hayward Field, Zen North Park at Autzen Stadium, OSU’s Whyte Track and Field Center, LCC’s Track and Soccer Complex, and University of Oregon’s Pape Field. He was also project manager for University of Oregon’s PK Park, which was awarded National Field of the Year by the American Society of Sports Builders.
Aaron’s holistic approach to each project is evident in his sensible management and design solutions. His responsiveness to tight timelines and budgets while understanding each client’s unique needs has led to creative, cost effective solutions to a variety of design challenges.
Aaron’s passion to design outdoor spaces stems from his love of the outdoors. Olsen enjoys fishing the local rivers, lakes, and ocean as well as taking his family camping and hiking in the forests. Depending on the time of year it is common to find Olsen gardening, hunting chanterelle mushrooms, enjoying local music, running, and enjoying life.
“Examine each question in terms of what is ethically and aesthetically right, as well as what is economically expedient.” –Aldo Leopold