Tag Archive for: leadership

The Impact of the Indiana Farm Bureau Fall Creek Pavilion on 4-H and the Local Economy

The Indiana Farm Bureau Fall Creek Pavilion has emerged a hub for community engagement and economic growth in Indianapolis. With a $50M investment from the State of Indiana, this versatile venue has become the epicenter of a wide array of events, ranging from sporting competitions and swine shows to vehicle auctions and flower shows. Beyond […]

A Unique Understanding of Community: A Conversation with Alan Witchey

You have a masters in fine arts, which is not a normal progression toward becoming the CEO of an AIDS services organization. Tell me how you got from there to here. If you asked my mother, she would tell you that I wasn’t a normal child. I’m dyslexic, and that I think drove my journey […]

Agriculture’s Leading Lady: A Conversation with Cindy Hoye

A visionary leader and the executive director of the Indiana State Fair Commission, Cindy Hoye has left a mark on the cultural landscape of Indiana. For three weeks every summer, she assumes the mantle of the unofficial mayor of one of the most captivating towns in Indiana, presiding over the annual Indiana State Fair—a vibrant […]

Steven K. Alspaugh Elevated to AIA’s College of Fellows

Associate Steven K. Alspaugh, FAIA, LEED AP BD+C® has been elevated to the American Institute of Architecture (AIA) College of Fellows for his efforts toward making the profession a part of an ever-increasing service to society. AIA Fellows receive this esteemed membership honor for their exceptional work and contributions to the profession of architecture and […]

7 Common Traits of Leaders

I was fortunate enough to attend an event recently in which Pat Williams, Senior Vice President of the NBA’s Orlando Magic, keynoted. I’ve listened to a lot of speakers in my career, and I was impressed with Pat. He has researched key leaders through history: Jesus to Mother Theresa to Winston Churchill to George Washington […]

2017 AIA Conference on Architecture

Each year architects from our office attend the National AIA conference. They hear best practices in the industry, network, visits projects, and come back invigorated. Here’s what this years Schmidt Associates attendees took away! Sarah Hempstead, AIA, LEED AP  “Michelle Obama talked about how it is our role as architects to make sure youth are […]

Brighter Today, Better Tomorrow

This time of year—when color, light, and warmth have faded from the natural world—is the perfect time for us to create our own. And we do! We know the antidote to spirits grown worn and weary. If it momentarily escapes us, we soon rediscover it in the eyes of a child or someone in love. […]

A Way that Works

Originally we were an autocracy—just one man establishing an architectural business. That worked awhile. As the business idea became reality and the firm grew, additional human capital was necessary. Each unit of human potential joining our ranks came with hands, mind, and ideas of their own—a good thing since there was much to do and […]

In Search of Self

Services that trace genealogy or determine one’s ethnicity through DNA are just the latest version of mankind’s enduring quest to know self in larger-than-self context. These are exercises in identification—that transformative step beyond relationship. We each sense that we are more than the singularity who stares back from the mirror. So we look here, there, […]