It’s a good thing we move desks so often at Schmidt Associates. If we didn’t, Kevin Shelley—Principal and Project Manager—might be covered in cobwebs! After completing an architectural internship at Schmidt Associates in the late 80s, Kevin has never looked back… or worked anywhere else!
Tell me about your background.
I grew up in Avon—right down the street from my future wife, as a matter of fact. In 8th grade, I had to write a report about what I wanted to do when I grew up. At that point, I knew I wanted to be an architect. Everything I did academically moved me toward that goal. I attended Ball State University and lived in Botsford/Swinford Hall. Who knew that 25 years later, I would be the Project Manager on the facility’s renovation? While at Ball State, I participated in a Habitat for Humanity Design Competition and met Wayne Schmidt. Based on that meeting, I got an internship here and was ultimately hired straight out of school. I have never worked anywhere else.
What has kept you at Schmidt Associates for so long?
I really enjoy working with people and helping solve their problems. I love the challenge of finding the best solution for any problem—whether it is helping younger people learn to put a building together or helping clients solve facility needs in their organizations. Schmidt Associates offers me that opportunity daily.
Aside from work, what else do you enjoy?
I really enjoy working in my yard. My wife and I had a vision 20 years ago when we moved into our house. Just this year, we finally feel like we accomplished that original vision. So now we are starting over—with a new vision. Hopefully it won’t take 20 years to finish this time.
Tell me about your family.
I married Angie 25 years ago and we have three sons. Jake is graduating this year from Trine University with a degree in Civil Engineering with a structural focus. He is engaged to Rachel and will be married this fall. Sam is at Franklin College, studying Computer Science and playing football. My son, Luc is a sophomore at Brownsburg High School and is on the swim team. And who can forget my dog, Zoey, a Jack Russel Terrier and just a spaz.
What’s something not everyone knows about you?
Having 3 boys, I found myself volunteering my time to the Brownsburg Little League, coaching, and serving on their Board of Directors. Now that they are older, I am volunteering with the Challenger Baseball Program sponsored by the League and Brownsburg Community Schools.
Do you have any hidden talents?
I was a Drum Major in the band in high school, so I guess I can keep a pretty good beat. More recently, though, I enjoy skiing (snow and water) and am learning to wake surf.