RICHARD OLSEN is an architectural writer-photographer and a green- and rustic-architecture expert. He is the author of two critically acclaimed books, Log Houses of the World (Abrams; 2006), a pioneer-shack-to-architectural-spectacle survey of the log cabin from Oslo to Orcas Island, and Handmade Houses (Rizzoli; 2012), the definitive chronicle of residential architecture's 1960s–70s craft-reviving, back-to-the-earth countercultural rebellion.
In 2018, Rizzoli will publish two new books written and photographed by Olsen, California Green: Houses of the Environmental Movement, a five-year research and new-photography effort that charts its subject from the Great Depression era to 2017, and Braxton Dixon: Outlaw Builder of the American South, the first book on the late master of the architectural artifact in home design and construction, the designer-builder of incomparable dwellings for Roy Orbison, June Carter and Johnny Cash, Marty Stuart, and other Nashville recording legends.
Olsen is also a veteran book and magazine editor. He was senior architecture and design editor for Abrams Books; director for Doubleday's Architects & Designers Book Service and Antiques Roadshow Bookclub; architecture editor for Rizzoli/Universe Publishing; editorial manager for the Arts & Photography and Travel bookstores at Amazon.com; and, most recently, senior editor for Architectural Digest. Olsen resides in the Laurel Canyon enclave of Los Angeles.