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

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

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

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Adding Value to Communities

Owner, Carolyn Esswein's work has earned her numerous state and regional planning awards, including the WCREW Spire Awardand a MANDI Navigator Finalist for her impact on the City of Milwaukee.  Prior to founding Ce Planning Studio, llc, 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 is the President of the Harbor District Inc Board and serves on the Wauwatosa Downtown Planning Committee.  Education: B.S. from University of Wisconsin-Madison, a Masters in Architecture and a Masters in Urban Planning from University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Carolyn is certified with the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) and the Congress for New Urbanism (CNU-A).WI Certified WBE and MMSD SBE/WBE.


Ce Planning Studio, llc assists communities and consulting firms add value through design, visioning, and community investment.  We are passionate about developing creative solutions that balance vision with economic impacts.  Ce Planning Studio can add value to your project by preparing development plans, facilitating small and large public engagement sessions, writing plans and codes, and designing high quality spaces that improve our environments.