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In addition to her professional practice, Carolyn is an Associate Professor and served 11 years as Director of Community Design Solutions at the School of Architecture and Urban Planning, UW-Milwaukee.  Carolyn was previously an Associate with GRAEF and Principal and part owner with Planning & Design Institute, Inc. 

Owner, Carolyn Esswein's work has earned numerous state and regional planning awards, including the WCREW Spire Award and a MANDI Navigator Finalist.  She is a Fellow of the American Institute of Certified Planners (FAICP) in recognition of her extensive impact on cities, transformation of neighborhoods, and efforts to advance the planning profession.  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 has served in leadership roles on the following boards: Harbor District Inc, Luther Manor Board, 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. Congress for New Urbanism (CNU-A).

Ce Planning Studio, llc assists municipalities, property owners, and developers 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 resilient neighborhoods.