Owner, Carolyn Esswein's work has earned her numerous state and regional planning awards, including the WCREW Spire Award and a MANDI Navigator Finalist.  Prior to founding Ce Planning Studio, llc in 2012, Carolyn gained 20 years of experience working with over 30 communities and private sector clients throughout the Midwest.  With expertise in urban design, planning, and architecture, she brings a broad, yet detailed, perspective to a variety of project scales.  Carolyn serves on the Harbor District Inc Board and Luther Manor Board, with past leadership roles with APA-WI, CNU-WI, and the Wauwatosa Downtown Planning Committee.  Education: Masters in Architecture and a Masters in Urban Planning from University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, B.S. from University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Fellow of the American Institute of Certified Planners (FAICP).  Congress for New Urbanism (CNU-A). 

City of Milwaukee Certified SBE, Wisconsin Certified WBE and MMSD SBE/WBE.


Ce Planning Studio is a State of Wisconsin Certified Woman-Owned Business Enterprise (WBE)

City of Milwaukee Certified Small Business Enterprise (SBE)

MMSD Small Business Enterprise (SBE) and Woman-Owned Business Enterprise (WBE)

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In addition to her professional practice, Carolyn is an Associate Professor and Director of Community Design Solutions at the School of Architecture and Urban Planning, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.  Carolyn was previously an Associate with GRAEF and Principal and part owner with Planning & Design Institute, Inc. 

Ce Planning Studio, llc assists municipalities and developers to create vibrant communities through design, inclusive visioning, design regulations, and community planning.  We are passionate about developing resilient solutions that balance vision with economic impacts to provide investment opportunities.  Ce Planning Studio can add value to your project by preparing development plans, facilitating small and large public engagement sessions, and designing quality spaces and neighborhoods that improve our environments.