Design Principal and Founder | COULSON

Carly Coulson

Architect Carly Coulson integrates the diverse disciplines that combine to make contemporary building into beautiful, humane, and sustainable environments. She is the design principal and founder of the architecture firm COULSON. She holds a Bachelor of Architecture degree and is a Crown Scholar from the Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago. Carly has worked on highly innovative, sustainable solutions since she first started practicing as an architect at Foster + Partners designing the Gherkin in London. Ms. Coulson has received numerous design awards including national and regional AIA Honor Awards, Architectural Record Good Design is Good Business, Architect Home of the Year, Chicago Athenaeum International Architecture Award, and Residential Architect RADA Honors. Carly was recognized with an AIA COTE Top Ten Green Building Award for the Bagley Classroom, the first LEED Platinum Certified and passive house building at the University of Minnesota and she recently won the NYSERDA Buildings of Excellence competition for her innovative multifamily design work. COULSON is an AIA 2030 Signatory Firm with all projects meeting the 2030 Challenge and a firm portfolio average of 98% pEUI. This high performance is invisible, without impact on poetry of place and design excellence. It is accomplished with simple low-tech components and passive strategies with innovation in energy modeling and integrated design.