Changing of our Guard: Sarah Hempstead named CEO

We want to introduce you all to our new CEO, Sarah Hempstead


About Sarah:

  • Raised in Springfield, OH
  • Attended Ball State University: dual degrees in Environmental Design and Architecture
  • Studied abroad in Russia at Volgograd State University: architecture and engineering
  • Currently resides in Meridian Kessler with husband Greg. She enjoys hanging out on the soccer field with her two amazing daughters, traveling as much as possible and working with some of her favorite not-for-profits – including Junior Achievement, RADC, and The Arts Council.

Sarah is only the second CEO in our 40-year history. Firm founder Wayne Schmidt steps down as CEO, but he will remain chairman of the board and the principal-in-charge of our Community Studio.

Sarah joined Schmidt Associates in 2001, inspired by the company’s commitment to service and design excellence. She is now responsible for our Higher Education Studio and overall management of the firm. She is one of a few female CEOs of an architectural and engineering firm in Indiana.

She is recognized for her design and creative work on these projects and more:

As the firm moves into its next chapter, Sarah said the Schmidt Associates’ “core DNA remains the same. We remain laser focused on excellence and service to our clients, our community and to each other.”

This ‘core DNA’ reflects our unique culture of servant leadership, Wayne Schmidt remembered. “The first 40 years have been incredible and that suggests the next 40 are going to be even better. The firm is well positioned for the future with the partnerships and the leadership of Sarah as CEO. We are extraordinarily lucky. I am confident she will take the firm places that I could never imagine.”

“We have better foresight, better insight and we are better on-site,” Sarah said. “These important attributes have led us, and more importantly our clients, to designs that consistently surprise and delight, to technology solutions that deliver true efficiencies, and to environments where people are better able to pursue their goals and fulfill their potential.”

“All this has happened in our first four decades. I can’t wait to see where the next forty years will take us.” – Sarah


Turning Vision into Implementation: An Actionable Master Plan

SCUP North Central Regional Conference

October 4, 2016

Sarah Hempstead, Lisa Gomperts, Audra Blasdel (Marian University)





BIM/Energy Modeling

IASBO Annual Conference

May 13, 2016

Eric Broemel, Phil Medley





Designing a One Stop that transforms the Student Experience

American Association of Community Colleges Annual Conference

April 10, 2016

Kevin Shelley, Anne Penny Valentine (Ivy Tech Community College)

Serving a diverse student population with diverse needs creates challenges for community colleges seeking to improve the student enrollment experience. Ivy Tech Community College decided one stop could transform the enrollment experience. Less than two years after research on one stop began, implementation had launched on 14 campuses across Indiana through beta-testing and improvements along the way.  For many locations, this transformation included campus renovation for the student affairs areas. Named “Express Enrollment Centers”, this project also established a framework for making the transition from applicant to enrolled student able to happen in one day via Express Enrollment Days.