Designed to be Inclusive – Schmidt Associates’ Journey to WBE

At Schmidt Associates, our commitment to delivering excellence in the architecture, engineering, and construction (AEC) industry has always been intertwined with a deep-seated dedication to building a robust and diverse design community. Becoming a Women’s Business Enterprise (WBE) certified firm is a milestone, but at its core, it’s an affirmation of our long-standing values of […]

Serving Through Sustainability and Education: A Conversation with Aster Bekele

In Indianapolis, a remarkable initiative has been transforming the lives of inner-city youth through the nurturing touch of urban farming and environmental stewardship. Leading this transformative initiative is Felege Hiywot Center Founder and Executive Director Aster Bekele who is a symbol of hope and growth for the community. Under Aster’s visionary leadership, the center has […]

Bridging Visions and Strategies: Insights from Schmidt Associates’ Owner Roundtable

As part of our ongoing professional development offerings through Schmidt Academy, the firm recently hosted a captivating owner roundtable spotlighting influential community leaders. The event, hosted by CEO and Principal Sarah Hempstead and me, featured Alan Witchey, President and CEO of The Damien Center, James Johnson, CEO of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, and Adam Parsons, […]

Mentorship Matters: A Conversation with Schmidt Associates CFO Brett Quandt

As a firm dedicated to working effectively with clients and delivering on their goals, we know that it starts with mentoring our own people and empowering them with tools they need to successfully deliver positive outcomes for Owners. Among our talented leadership team is a figure known not only for his financial acumen but also […]

Setting Dreams into Motion in 2023: Completed Projects and What Our Clients Said

Looking back on 2023, it’s clear that Schmidt Associates stood at the forefront of design innovation and client satisfaction. In a year marked by substantial growth and creative challenges, the team completed over 400 projects, each embodying a commitment to turning clients’ visions into functional and inspiring spaces. Read on to learn more about some […]

Celebrating Accomplishments: How the Schmidt Associates Team Reaped Success in 2023

“Great things in business are never done by one person; they’re done by a team of people.” -Steve Jobs Every day at Schmidt Associates, we are reminded of Jobs’ words. We understand that success is built on the foundation of outstanding teams. Thinking about 2023, we’re filled with pride over the incredible accomplishments of our […]

Empowering a Clean Future: Designing Electric Vehicle Charging Stations for Sustainable Infrastructure

In recent years, the electric vehicle (EV) revolution has gained significant momentum, with an increasing number of drivers opting for clean and sustainable transportation options. As EV adoption continues to evolve, the demand for well-designed and strategically located charging stations is also on the upswing. Read on to learn the key considerations in the design […]

Bringing People, Neighborhoods, and Businesses Together: A Look Inside Midtown Indy with Michael McKillip

As a 501c3 organization, Midtown Indy exists to cultivate an equitable, healthy, and sustainable community in which stakeholders of all races, incomes, and ethnicities have access to the resources that they need to thrive. Its efforts are made possible through philanthropic support of area businesses, institutions, charitable foundations, and individual stakeholders. Some of Midtown Indy’s […]

Communicating Effectively: A Conversation with Project Manager/Associate Jen Carroll, AIA

Early in her architecture career, Project Manager/Associate Jen Carroll had a “rubber meets the road” experience that taught her the art of project management and the importance of being aware of the bigger picture with complex design projects. Since then, she’s been thoughtfully leading internal and external teams with sharp attention to detail and keen […]

Preserving the Past: A Delicate Balance in Historic Preservation

As a father of two, and witnessing how fast my daughters grow and change, my tendencies to preserve moments of the past have increased through digital photography and saving mementos or toys they enjoyed often. This passion for protecting and learning from the past is not just a personal pursuit, but also a professional one […]