History

35+ years


1980  John T. Olson Architect
Johns starts the firm in his living room on the North Shore
hospitality | residential


1980 Olson Lewis Architects
John and Randy combine drafting tools and open the doors to Olson Lewis Architects
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hospitality | residential  | life science


1982 Olson Lewis Architects
Now with a staff of 4, John and Randy move into a their new offices in Beverly Farms
hospitality | residential  | life science


1984 Olson Lewis Architects
The firm outgrows it offices and moves once again, this time to Manchester-by-the-sea. Art Dioli joins the firm
hospitality | residential  | life science | education


1993 Olson Lewis Architects
Chris Doktor joins the firm


1994 Olson Lewis & Dioli Architects
Art Dioli is made partner


2000 Olson Lewis & Dioli Architects
Michele Brooks joins the firm


2003 Olson Lewis Dioli & Doktor Architects
Chris Doktor is made partner


2005 Olson Lewis Dioli & Doktor Architects
The firm celebrates its 25th Anniversary with a blow-out gala night at the recently completed clubhouse at 
Turner Hill, designed by John!


2009 Olson Lewis Dioli & Doktor Architects
Michele Brooks becomes Senior Associate


2012 OLSON LEWIS + Architects
Another name change, this time to honor the founding members +


2016 OLSON LEWIS + Architects
Randy retires to play his banjo and spend time with family 

Over thirty-five years ago Architects John Olson and Randy Lewis combined their drafting tools and opened the doors of the firm. Their first office location was in John’s living room on the North Shore. As partner Randy Lewis recalled, “John said when we began the world didn’t need another Cambridge architecture firm.” From the beginning, they set themselves apart, working in places where they made a visible impact. “John and Randy were considerably influenced by the post-modern movement, and their interest in preservation,” wrote the Boston Globe architecture critic Robert Campbell, who studied at the Harvard Graduate School of Design along with the original partners.