Katelin Olson

Katelin Olson (M.A. HPP '09, Ph.D. CRP '18) specializes in historic preservation planning, urban history, and nonprofit management and advocacy. Her current research focuses on the use and reuse of religious properties and urban security planning in the age of terrorism. Olson is the CEO and cofounder of SF Planning and Logistics (Trumansburg, New York) and serves on the Ithaca Landmarks Preservation Commission and the Town of Ulysses Planning Board.

Prior to Cornell, Olson was the executive director of the Albion Main Street Alliance, one of only three accredited National Trust for Historic Preservation Main Street Programs in New York. She has Ph.D. in City and Regional Planning from Cornell University (2018). Additionally, she holds an M.A. in historic preservation planning from Cornell University (2009) and a B.A. in history and political science from Vanderbilt University (2005).

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Classes (Selected)

  • CRP 1100 The American CityIntroductory course on the evolution of urban problems and opportunities facing the majority of this country's population as we enter the first decade of the 21st century. Readings, discussions, and brief papers explore topics ranging from suburban development to central city poverty, from environmental threats to downtown revitalization, and from municipal finance to the new position of women in the urban economy.
  • CRP 5620 Perspectives on PreservationIntroduction to the theory, history, and practice of Historic Preservation Planning in America, with an emphasis on understanding the development and implementation of a preservation project. The course discusses projects ranging in scale and character from individual buildings to districts to cultural landscapes; as well as topics such as preservation economics, government regulations, significance and authenticity, and the politics of identifying and conserving cultural and natural resources.

Awards, Grants, and Fellowships (Selected)

  • Sage Fellowship, Cornell University (2015–16)
  • Clarence S. Stein Institute for Urban and Landscape Studies (2008–9, 2014–17) 
  • Degree marshall for all graduating M.A. candidates, Cornell University (2009)
  • John Reps Award for Preservation, Cornell University (2009)

Exhibitions and Presentations (Selected)

  • "Building Up," 40th Anniversary Symposium, Ithaca, New York (2016)
  • "The State of Upstate Cities: Fiscal Crisis and Economic Development Response," New York Upstate APA Annual Conference (2014)
  • "Syracuse: Weather Fiscal Challenges Through Creative Partnerships," State of the New York Cities, Cornell University (2014)

Publications (Selected)

  • Urban Stratigraphy: The Backstory of Thirty-One Buffalo Blocks (2018)