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AIA, ACHA, LEED® BD+C, GGP
AIA, ACHA, LEED® BD+C, GGP
Don has participated in the local design community for nearly 40 years since graduating from Ball State University. He is a registered Architect in Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky and Ohio. His major interests are healthcare design, problem-solving, sustainable design and construction practices, creating a well-written specification and mentoring young architects who provide a needed dose of enthusiasm to the creative process. Don joined arcDESIGN in 2015.
Don enjoys gardening and beekeeping and believes that participating in the environment is important to keep one’s perspective on our changing world.
AIA, LEED® BD+C, EDAC
AIA, LEED® BD+C, EDAC
Emphasizing evidence to influence design
Nate showed an interest in architecture after taking a high school computer drafting class. After working summers at a local architecture firm, he decided to pursue architecture as a career. He has a strong interest in sustainability and healthcare environments and is certified in Evidence-based Design Accreditation and Certification (EDAC). Nate joined arcDESIGN in 2014.
In college, he played the trumpet in the Ball State Show Choir.
NCARB, LEED® BD+C
NCARB, LEED® BD+C
From rocker to architect
Alonso knew early in his childhood that he would be an architect someday. This desire was strengthened in high school, where he took many technical drawing, rendering and animation classes. To this day, he still greatly enjoys these creative tasks. Alonso is inspired by the ability to experience a physical, tangible product that was once only an image in his mind. Alonso brings creativity and graphic expertise to arcDESIGN. He joined the firm in 2009 as a Graduate Architect and became a Registered Architect in 2012.
Alonso has been playing the guitar since he was eleven years old. He also was co-founder of a touring rock band during his college years.
When Michelle was younger, she used to keep a sketchbook to draw and design her dream houses. After taking all of the art, engineering, and drafting classes her high school offered, she entered Ball State to get her architecture degree. During her education, she learned that determination and the ability to overcome new challenges are some of the most important values. In 2016, she joined arcDESIGN and is most interested in the psychology of healthcare architecture and how design impacts patients.
Before she became interested in architecture, Michelle had an obsession with marine animals and dreamed of being a marine biologist. She still has a fascination with whales.
Expanding creativity through expanding perspectives
For as long as he can remember, Alan has always had a fascination with how things come together. He grew up always wanting to design homes and did everything he could to see and understand more. Throughout his education, he learned that architecture can embody anything that the designer is willing to attempt and even the most complex details are simple in pieces. He strives to take his structural background to bring the more artistic pieces of architecture to life. Alan joined arcDESIGN in 2018 and is interested in all aspects of design; from large scale to the human experience.
Alan has always enjoyed art since his elementary school class. He has managed to fit it in all aspects of his life from the orchestra to design.
Curiosity by design
Josh has always been curious and wondered why things were constructed the way they were. He spent much of his free time as a young boy tearing things apart to find out what makes them tick. He moved onto study more complex systems such as human anatomy. He began to truly see the fearful and wonderful way that the body distributes power and strength and yet is held together with such small and delicate ligaments. As he got older he began to pay close attention to how we as humans walk through a lobby, open and close a door, or sit at a desk. The fascination continued in college when he spent much of his thesis project investigating the visual processing in the brain. The connection to art and brain processing and psychology lead him to more excitement and curiosity when striving to create architecture. Understanding these tools drives him to strive to create more functional spaces while also striving to inspire the user's imagination in small things. Because the world around us should lead us to inspiration and while also functioning well.
Josh strives to be very involved in his local community and church serving as often as possible in youth activities and volunteer services.
The perfect backup plan
Mike had always dreamed of being a pitcher for the New York Yankees. Fortunately, Mike also had a backup plan. Always fascinated by buildings and design, Mike embarked on his journey to become an architect. In 2005, he joined arcDESIGN as a Principal of the firm, bringing extensive experience in design and project management.
Mike enjoys fly fishing and even ties his own flies. He also enjoys coaching youth baseball and basketball.
Manifesting his passion
Michael's father, grandfather and uncles were all masons by trade. His father would only let him help when he fell into trouble at school or elsewhere. He made Michael stack block, mix mud, build up and tear down scaffolding and anything these that came to mind. It was his way of encouraging Michael to use his brain instead of doing hard labor in the Arizona heat. Architecture was Michael's way to manifest his passion for building. He joined arcDESIGN in 2017 as Graduate Architect.
Michael spent a summer in Mr. Airy, NC (birthplace of Andy Griffith) working for his cousin and painting houses. He painted Otis Johnson's house. Otis was the man that "Otis" from the Andy Griffith Show is based upon. Although Michael recalls that the real Otis was a mortician (not the town drunk).
IIDA, LEED® ID+C
IIDA, LEED® ID+C
The perfect mix of art and science
Becoming an interior designer didn’t come as an “ah ha” moment for Kari. She entered her first semester of college with the intent of becoming a Physical Therapist. However, she was curious about interior design and decided to enroll in the first studio class in conjunction with her physical therapy classes. As the semester progressed, she found herself much more interested in and inspired by that studio than any other class. Interior Design was a perfect mix of art and science, both areas that she loved. Kari joined arcDESIGN in 2009 and has been instrumental in growing the Interior Design sector.
Kari enjoys DIY home projects. Most recently, she designed and helped her husband build a custom playhouse for their kids.
Principles and design
Andy knew he wanted to be an architect after seeing a careers pamphlet in the school library in fifth grade. From then on, he never considered another profession. In 1999, Andy made the decision to start his own firm because he wanted to be in control of his own career path and to test a different model for “marketing” success. As the founding Principal, Andy believes principals can and should be constantly and directly involved in the design process. This leadership model leads to repeat clients and less reliance on short-term marketing, which creates a strong reputation.
Andy’s love of old muscle cars has prompted him to restore a 1968 Cougar GT-E, 427 and a 1970 Hugger Orange Chevy Pick-up Truck.
LEED® Green Associate
LEED® Green Associate
From the time Hayley was about six years old, her mom took her to real estate open houses. It is there where she fell in love with touring the homes, imagining the family who lived there and redesigning the homes to function better – in her humble, six-year-old opinion. To this day, she still attends open houses, with no intention of buying.
Hayley enjoys refinishing and reupholstering furniture, most recently a mid-century side table and TV stand. She also is very interested in science fiction and spends some of her time watching science and Syfy channels.
Jenner’s love for design started when she noticed some of Frank Lloyd Wright’s designs as a kid. From that point, her fascination for modern, functional design has helped her apply the same principles to space planning and interior design in the healthcare field. She joined arcDESIGN in 2015.
In her spare time, Jenner loves to head out for a run on the Monon with her black lab, Nelson.
Impacting quality of life
Stephanie has always been aware of the built environment's direct impact on quality of life, as it is more relevant than a single age or economic group. It is relevant to everyone! Her primary interests are sustainability and historic preservation. She believes that sustainable design creates buildings that improve life for people today and in the future, and historic buildings are placeholders in time. Both offer a unique contribution to a community by establishing a sense of place.
Stephanie enjoys gardening, painting, and yoga.
From DIY to AIA
Brian wanted to be an architect since the fifth grade – after a run of wanting to be a basketball player, a mail man and a bank teller. Home projects with his dad inspired him to want to design and build. Over the course of his childhood, his dad led a motley crew of Brian, his mother, brother and a collection of uncles and friends in building a variety of projects. They built a garage, sheds, decks, porches, a slew of interior renovation projects, and even dug a ¼ acre pond in the backyard. Brian joined arcDESIGN in 2010 and is now Principal-in-Charge of arcDESIGN’s healthcare sector.
Brian makes killer animal shadow puppets, specializing in gorillas, for his kids.
Building a career
From early childhood, Kevin’s life was always pointing to a career in architecture. His love of Lego sets and drawing in his early years turned into a passion for drafting, industrial arts, and creative art classes during high school. He highly considered following his father’s footsteps into chemistry; however, his father patiently pointed him into the obvious path of architecture. Kevin graduated from Ball State in 1991 and is a registered architect in the State of Indiana. Joining arcDESIGN in 2013, Kevin helps his clients by focusing on building codes, construction detailing, design/build project delivery and the relationship between the owner/developer, contractor, and architect.
Kevin loves coaching Cross Country and Track at Our Lady of Lourdes and really enjoys gardening in his spare time.
Passion for details
Growing up in his father’s wood shop cultivated a passion for details and a love of woodworking. As his parents were in the process of designing a new house while he was in the 4th grade, he wanted to help. Daily, he asked his teacher for graph paper to draw floor plans to take home and show his parents. It was then he decided to become an architect. Throughout college, he combined his shop experience and love for design to detail three houses for a professor using wood, stone, and steel to help pay for school books and rent. Greg joined arcDESIGN in 2015.
Greg is a nerd at heart: comic books, video games, board games, card games, and movies are his life when he’s not designing.
A legacy passed down
As a child, Greg knew his father was an architect, but didn’t really understand what that meant. On a cold Sunday afternoon in February of 1976, he walked with his dad through an addition to their church that he had designed. As his dad stared at a jumbled mess of wood structure, Greg asked him what he was looking at, to which his dad replied, “ I have to draw the contractor a picture so he knows how to build it.” Greg connected the sketches and drawings that came out of his head to the built environment. Joining arcDESIGN in 2007, Greg serves as Senior Project Manager with expertise in long-range planning, renovation/historic preservation, and institution design.
Greg’s 13th great grandmother was Pocahontas and his 4th great grandfather fought at the Battle of Tippecanoe and was one of the pioneers of Jackson County, Indiana (1809).
Bringing ideas to life
Aaron enjoyed drawing and painting when he was younger. But it wasn’t until high school, where an architecture drafting and design class was offered, that he began to think of architecture as a career. He found that through architecture he was able to transform two-dimensional drawings into physical structures with scale, space, material and texture. In college, he was able to combine his love of art and architecture with digital rendering and visual graphics, giving him the ability to bring his ideas to life – an aspect of design that brings him an incredible amount of pride. He joined arcDESIGN in 2014.
Aaron played club volleyball for the University of Nebraska and also coached and refereed volleyball before moving to Indy. He also plays golf and is looking forward to playing on a summer league.
Capturing the moments
As a child, Daniel enjoyed playing with Legos sets, spending time crafting various items and sharing his father’s passion for woodworking. After taking every shop class in high school, he explored other classes in industrial technology, such as drafting, architectural design, and engineering. From that moment, it seemed a natural fit. Daniel joined arcDESIGN in 2014 with a passion for architectural design and an interest in how technology can influence the field of architecture.
Daniel loves photography! It all started with a film photography class in high school, but quickly shifted to digital photography where he could combine his computer skills with those skills behind the camera. He even has a small collection of vintage cameras.
Looking at the world through architecture
Rick has fallen in love with different aspects of architecture over the years. When in high school, he enjoyed creating interesting spaces. In college, he learned how architecture can change how someone looks at the world. Just out of school, Rick enjoyed seeing how a building comes together. Rick takes the greatest joy in helping a client to succeed, knowing that he gets to be the instrument that helps his client achieve their goals and dreams. Joining arcDESIGN in 2012, Rick brings expertise in historic preservation and master-planning.
Rick still has most of the Lego Bricks that he had growing up. He took all of these bricks over three days to create a castle that he used to propose to his wife. Luckily, she likes Legos just as much as he does.
Sustainability and social equity
When Lindsey was younger, she spent a lot of time with her little brother playing with Lincoln Logs, Legos and K’NEX. There was never an “ah ha” moment for Lindsey when it came to enrolling in architecture school but it felt like the perfect balance of art and math, her favorite subjects in school over the years. After finishing her Bachelor’s degree from BSU in 2015, Lindsey took a year off to intern and that is where she discovered her interest for the healthcare field of architecture. Lindsey joined arcDESIGN in 2018 after completing her Master of Architecture from UIUC.
Having played soccer from the young age of five through high school, Lindsey has always enjoyed being active. After countless rolled ankles and knee injuries from playing the beautiful sport, she has picked up weightlifting and yoga the past 3 years. She also enjoys attending concerts of her favorite musical artists and making creations on her sewing machine.
Qualified Professional for Historic Architecture
Qualified Professional for Historic Architecture
Sustainability begins with preservation
Growing up for a while in an old Victorian home, Joshua knew from an early age he was interested in architecture and spent many hours as a child playing with Legos and drawing pictures of buildings. He took his passion for historic buildings and architecture into his academic career where his interest grew in building technologies, sustainability, and preservation. Joshua graduated from Ball State University in 2012 with an undergraduate degree and returned to pursue both a Masters of Architecture and Master of Science in Historic Preservation. Joshua joined the arcDESIGN team in 2015.
Joshua was an active marching band participant throughout high school. He has taken his love of music and is now a volunteer assistant audio/visual technician at his church.
Appreciating a good challenge
Kevin joined arcDESIGN in 2015 as a BIM Specialist. His interest in design started in Recording School after an acoustics class discussed design practices and how material properties can drastically affect a space or structure. He believes that Building Information Modeling will substantially change possibilities with design for many years by allowing the user to enter an interdisciplinary thought process and furthering accuracy. Additionally, he proudly served our country as a Staff Sergeant with the Indiana Air National Guard working as a Crew Chief on the A-10 aircraft.
In his free time, Kevin likes being involved in various musical groups and riding his motorcycle. He rode his motorcycle from Indiana to Key West and another trip from Indiana to San Francisco.
Connecting all the dots
From an early age, Dan had an interest in seeing how things work and go together. He would take apart a variety of objects just to see what was inside. He chose a profession in construction because he enjoys seeing all components of a project come together to create something complex and tangible. Dan joined the arcDESIGN team in 2014 as Construction Administrator.
Daniel collects board games in his spare time.
Life is an adventure
Jodi joined arcDESIGN in 2013 as Administrative Assistant, taking on AP/AR and using some of her background in Human Resources.
Jodi loves to read. She enjoys learning about new people, places and cultures. She is also the mother of teenage twins – which is quite the adventure.