Carolyn Esswein, AICP, CNU-A
Faculty, Department of Urban Planning
Director, Community Design Solutions

Bio
Carolyn has been a practicing urban designer and planner since 1994, working with over 30 communities in the Midwest. Her work promotes investment and provides guidance for public and private development initiatives. Implemented projects include neighborhood planning, urban design, development guidelines and codes, public participation, economic development, online zoning, and sustainable urbanism.

Carolyn Esswein is Director of Community Design Solutions, teaches in the Planning Department, and is owner of Ce Planning Studio, LLC, a firm that adds value through design visioning, public engagement, and community investment. Carolyn emphasizes practice-based exercises in her teaching, including client and community projects that integrate innovation with economic benefits. Many of the studio and capstone projects have influenced design, development, and policy decisions for their clients. Carolyn coordinates and advises students in the Masters of Architecture/Masters of Urban Planning joint degree program. She focuses on the relationship planning and urban design impacts have on the public realm. . Read More

Community Design Solutions (CDS) is a design center at SARUP that assists communities, agencies, civic groups, and campuses throughout Wisconsin. Students work with clients and faculty to develop design and planning concepts to promote positive change, stimulate funding opportunities, form partnerships, and serve as a catalyst for continued investment.

Carolyn’s work has earned several state and regional planning awards. Carolyn has also worked with CivicWebware to develop an online zoning tool, making zoning more accessible and transparent for communities. Previously Carolyn was a Principal and part owner with Planning and Design Institute, Inc. and an Associate with GRAEF.

Registrations and Memberships
American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP)
Congress for New Urbanism – Accredited (CNU-A)
Executive Board Member – American Planning Association, Wisconsin Chapter
Executive Board Member – Congress for New Urbanism, Wisconsin Chapter

Education
Master of Architecture, University of Wisconsin- Milwaukee, 1994
Master of Urban Planning, University of Wisconsin- Milwaukee, 1994
Bachelor of Science, University of Wisconsin- Madison, 1990

Research Focus
Urban Design and Community Development
Sustainable Development Practices
Public Participation and Involvement

Courses
ARCH 749 /URBPLAN 857– Urban Design as Public Policy
ARCH 340/URBPLAN 751 – Introduction to Urban Design and Physical Planning
ARCH 645/845 – Urban Design Studio
URBPLAN 692 – Planning Design Concepts and Methodology
URBPLAN 811 – Applied Planning Workshop, graduate capstone course
URBPLAN 858/992 – Urban Design Community Redevelopment Studio
URBPLAN 880 – Urban Challenges to Sustainability

Selected Work
West Allis Comprehensive Plan – American Planning Association, Wisconsin Chapter, 2011.
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Northwest Side Neighborhood Plan, Milwaukee – American Planning Association, Wisconsin Chapter, 2009.

New Berlin City Center Development – Honorable Mention, American Planning Association, Wisconsin Chapter, 2010

Northwest Side Neighborhood Plan, Milwaukee – American Planning Association, Wisconsin Chapter, 2009

Village Center Pattern Book, New Luxembourg, Ozaukee County – American Planning Association, Wisconsin Chapter, 2006

Fond du Lac and North Comprehensive Neighborhood Plan, Milwaukee – “Excellence in Planning” Midwest Regional Planning Association, 2005

Fond du Lac and North Comprehensive Neighborhood Plan, Milwaukee – American Planning Association, Wisconsin Chapter, 2004

Milwaukee Urban Redevelopment Honor, City Homes project, 1996

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