Our People

Our work atmosphere is a dynamic and creative exchange of ideas, thoughts and “big thinking.”  We believe in collaboration – with each other, with other professionals, with our clients and ultimately with the communities in which we work.    We are passionate about our profession, and have influenced the way communities develop, neighborhoods thrive and people interact with their environment.
 

 
RON L. TAYLOR, FASLA, PLA
Partner | Principal

PROFILE

Ron brings nearly 25 years of experience in the urban design, landscape architecture and planning industry and was invested as a Fellow of the American Society of Landscape Architects in 2014.  A registered landscape architect in Indiana, Kentucky and Michigan, Ron is a frequent presenter at a variety of professional events, and has completed award-winning work in several communities, including Louisville, Terre Haute, Fort Wayne, and the Indianapolis region. His experience includes park and recreation design, streetscape and corridor enhancements, site development and land use planning.  His leadership has also contributed to several trail, greenway and bicycle facility projects, including the Indianapolis Greenways Full Circle Master Plan, 100-mile Louisville Loop, and Ohio River Greenway projects.

Ron has been active with several organizations, including the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) where he served as both the President of the Indiana Chapter as well as on the National Board of Trustees in Washington, D.C.. He has served on the Ball State University College of Architecture & Planning Alumni Society Governing Board and on the Indianapolis CAP Center Advisory Board.

Ron received his Bachelors of Landscape Architecture from Ball State University College of Architecture and Planning where he was recognized with the Award of Outstanding Achievement from the CAP Alumni Society Governing Board in 2000.
  


AMIN OMIDY, ASLA, PLA
Landscape Architect | Project Manager
PROFILE

Amin is a registered landscape architect with over seven years of experience in public realm design, civic and private development.  Known for building strong client relationships, he brings a background in streetscape design, park and recreation, trail development and land planning.  Several of his recent projects have received award recognition from the Kentucky Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects, including City Place in LaGrange, KY and the historic Locust Grove Master Plan in Louisville, KY.  Amin is passionate about creating quality spaces, is a leader in the field of sustainable landscape design and is a strong advocate for smart community planning. 

Active in several professional organizations, Amin currently serves as the President of the Kentucky Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects, Programming Committee Chair of the Urban Land Institute in Kentucky and on the Historic Landmarks and Preservation District Commission for Louisville Metro.  Amin holds a Bachelor of Science in Landscape Architecture from the University of Kentucky.




MARIA WAINSCOTT, ASSOCIATE ASLA
Urban Designer
PROFILE

Maria brings creative energy to planning, designing and creating vibrant and active communities.  She is committed to crafting public space that balance the sensitivity and needs of people within the built and natural environment. Maria uses her background in site and urban design as well as herstrong interest in park and recreation planning to inspire stronger and healthier communities.  She brings valuable knowledge to the design process, from the conceptual design phase through construction documentation, implementation and on-site field work.  As part of her academic work, Maria was selected as a 2015 finalist in the prestigious Landscape Architecture Foundation (LAF) University Olmsted Scholars Program, recognizing her leadership potential, influence, communication and service. 

Maria holds a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture degree from the College of Architecture and Planning at Ball State University.


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SCOTT L. SIEFKER, FASLA, AICP
Partner | Principal
PROFILE

Scott blends traditional planning techniques with innovative design solutions to urban space projects, community planning assignments and public facilitation.  Scott has been responsible for leading the design efforts for several community planning projects as well as integrating aesthetics on multi-million dollar infrastructure engineering assignments across the nation.  His training and experience encompasses a wide range of physical design, including large-scale master planning, streetscape design, downtown and neighborhood planning and redevelopment, comprehensive planning as well as park, recreation, trails and greenways, corridor planning and context-sensitive design. 

Scott is a certified planner through the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) and is actively involved with a variety of professional organizations, having served on the ASLA Board of Trustees in Washington, D.C. and as past-Chair of the National Chapter President's Council for ASLA. Scott was invested as a Fellow of the American Society of Landscape Architects in 2016.

Scott has worked on numerous projects that have been recognized with awards from various professional associations, including the state ASLA chapters of Indiana, Kentucky, Illinois, North Carolina and Texas.  Scott participated in study abroad work at the Technische Universität Dresden, Germany and holds a Bachelors of Landscape Architecture from the College of Architecture and Planning at Ball State University.





LUKE WALTZ, ASSOCIATE ASLA

Urban Designer
PROFILE

Luke is a skilled designer with a background that covers a wide range of landscape architecture and urban design projects.  His experience includes creating iconic destinations, transformative urban spaces, conceptual master plans, community vision plans, park design and restorative landscapes.  In each project, Luke brings a vital insight and creativity to the design process.  With involvement in all phases of design, from concept development through construction documentation, implementation and administration, Luke is dedicated to crafting buildable and lasting design solutions.  His has been recognized with Student Honor Awards from INASLA for his  work, including the planning & analysis study "Regional Ecology as Cultural Future" for the Wabash River in Central Vigo County/Terre Haute.

Luke holds a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture from the College of Architecture and Planning at Ball State University.  Active in his professional association, he currently volunteers for the Architectural Design Review Committee for the Town of Plainfield, IN.





AMBER J. SCHAUDT

Public Involvement Coordinator
PROFILE

Amber combines her years of grant stewardship experience with her background in public outreach to develop dynamic relationships with communities, neighborhoods and civic groups in order to facilitate successful projects.  Her background in both public sector and non-profit work provides a broad background in understanding and appreciating community facilitation.  Inspired to have the right people involved in projects, Amber listens and validates stakeholders input to ensure that we work as partners to progress toward the common goals established for a given project or assignment.  She relies on her background in communication to adapt her style to best suit each individual partner and to strive for an inclusive environment where everyone feels comfortable and accepted. 

Amber holds a Bachelor of Science in Organizational Communication with a minor in Youth and Nonprofit Leadership as well as a Master of Science in Human Development and Leadership from Murray State University. 





AMY M. WILLIAMS, AICP

Partner | Principal

PROFILE

Amy brings extensive experience in community planning, public outreach and policy development. Amy's experience includes a range of planning and outreach projects, including comprehensive planning, corridor and transit planning, land use development, small area studies, trail feasibility design as well as zoning policy development.   Blending traditional community and land use technical skills with effective public outreach is a hallmark of her design and planning process. These skills help to ensure the outcome is consistent with the public input and recommendations are integrated are firmly rooted with a local community’s vision.  

Amy is a certified planner through the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) and has served in several positions for the Kentucky Chapter of the American Planning Association since 2007, including President in 2015-2016. She is a frequent speaker at state and regional conferences with topics ranging from public involvement, elements of successful plans, ethics in the profession and planning in small downtowns and neighborhoods.

Amy holds a as Masters of Urban and Regional Planning and a Bachelor of Urban Planning and Development from Ball State University College of Architecture and Planning. She has served as a guest lecturer at the University of Louisville and frequently teaches portions of the Kentucky AICP study course
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HALEY R. JAMES
Community Planner
PROFILE

Haley has experience in small area planning, zoning & policy development as well as long-range and regional planning and strives to implement plans and policies that make communities increasingly navigable, livable, walkable, affordable, equitable, and healthy.  She is passionate about the future of communities - how they grow, develop and thrive, and is active in making a positive impact regarding proactive land use and policy development.  She seeks to overcome challenges and helps facilitate the process for communities to achieve their vision.  Her project experience includes a broad range of comprehensive planning, neighborhood planning, regional planning and GIS technical production. 

Haley has immersed herself into her community to foster growth and build professional relationships, and is active in the APA Kentucky Chapter, Friends of the Ohio River Greenway, One Southern Indiana and is the Professional Development Officer for the Young Professional Association of Louisville (YPAL).  Haley holds a Bachelor of Planning from Ball State University College of Architecture and Planning.



SAM WISER
Graduate Community Planner
PROFILE

Sam received her Bachelor of Urban Planning and Regional Development in 2017 from Ball State University.  While at Ball State, Sam served as the President of the Student Planning Association from 2014 - 2016.  In addition to her service as SPA President, Sam served as a member of the College of Architecture and Planning Curriculum Board in 2016.  She previously completed an internship with the Mayor's Office in the City of Muncie, IN where she managed social media platforms as well as assisted in federally funded municipal projects.  She is looking forward to obtaining a Master of Urban Design degree at the Ball State University Indianapolis Center beginning in the fall of 2018.