2012 Forty Under 40: Luke J. Leising

Back to TopCommentsE-mailPrintBookmark and Share

Luke J. Leising
Where were you, and what were you doing in 1991?
In high school engaged in sports including wrestling and football. I believe the foundation of hard work for me was laid through these sports.

When you graduated from high school, what did you think you wanted to be as an adult?
I started at Purdue University pursuing a civil engineering degree using an Army ROTC scholarship as a means to attend college. I fully expected to be an engineer.

Was there an event in the last 20 years that had a great impact on your aspirations and/or career path?
The Army clearly was my defining experience. I was exposed to amazing experiences, unique places and some of the best people in the world. It showed me the true meaning of leadership as well as gave the confidence to accomplish what I set my mind to achieving.

Where/what do you want to be 20 years from now?
Right here in Indianapolis leading Guidon Design. We have been blessed to start off strong in a challenging business climate. I am excited to follow my passion and leave an impact designing sustainable architecture and engineering projects.


President, Guidon Design
Age: 37

Luke Leising took the long road to get where he is now. That road took him from Carmel High School to Purdue University, where he earned a degree in civil engineering and was in ROTC, to the Army, where he served for four years—mostly in Kosovo—as a ranger, to Savannah, Ga., where he decided to audit an architecture class.

He loved architecture, so he left the military and went on to earn a master’s at Savannah College of Art and Design.

But he wasn’t done moving. The next stop was Colorado, where he and his wife, Katie, also a Carmel native, started their family and he “became passionate about sustainable design.”

In 2006, they returned home to Indiana, and Leising went to work for American Structurepoint Inc., the largest engineering firm in the state, as sustainability director.

About a year ago, he decided to strike out on his own. His new firm, Guidon Design Inc., which employs five (plus Katie, who provides support services), focuses on designing sustainable facilities. Leising had a hand in the new Indianapolis International Airport terminal and designed the $24 million Hendricks Regional Health YMCA in Avon.

“When we moved back to Indiana, I saw a void in the sustainable design area,” he said. “I’ve been passionately working to fill that void and increase our level of greenness here in Indiana.”

Leising said he uses what he learned from the military—leadership and drive—to lead teams in developing solutions for clients. Among his clients is the Department of Defense, for which he teaches a course in how to design sustainable facilities. He’s taught that full-day workshop in places as far away as South Korea.

Now he’s focused on making Guidon a success and helping build the Fall Creek Place neighborhood, where his firm has its headquarters.

“We want to have a positive impact on the community,” he said, “in everything we do.”•



Post a comment to this story

We reserve the right to remove any post that we feel is obscene, profane, vulgar, racist, sexually explicit, abusive, or hateful.
You are legally responsible for what you post and your anonymity is not guaranteed.
Posts that insult, defame, threaten, harass or abuse other readers or people mentioned in IBJ editorial content are also subject to removal. Please respect the privacy of individuals and refrain from posting personal information.
No solicitations, spamming or advertisements are allowed. Readers may post links to other informational websites that are relevant to the topic at hand, but please do not link to objectionable material.
We may remove messages that are unrelated to the topic, encourage illegal activity, use all capital letters or are unreadable.

Messages that are flagged by readers as objectionable will be reviewed and may or may not be removed. Please do not flag a post simply because you disagree with it.

Sponsored by

facebook - twitter on Facebook & Twitter

Follow on TwitterFollow IBJ on Facebook:
Follow on TwitterFollow IBJ's Tweets on these topics:
thisissue1-092914.jpg 092914

Subscribe to IBJ
  1. Here are a few candidates for this new group, "ripped from the headlines." First up, that bizzaro State Senator Brent Waltz; secondly, the unethical Todd Huston, and his contractual arrangements scheme; Finally, but not least of all, the dishonorable Eric Turner. What sayeth you Greg Zoeller?

  2. Good day. I can't hide this great testimony that take place in my life I will love everyone to know it and be partaker that is why I always place it on answer, I am Mrs,Natalie Cuttaia by name, I live in Texas, United State Of America, I want to thank (Mr.Bruce Brandon) for his kindness upon my family life. I never knew that there is still nice lender like this on internet and earth here. Just some Months Back, I was in search for a loan of $100,000,00 as I was running out of money for feeding and rent. I was scammed $6,800 Dollars and I decided not to involve my self in such business again but a Friend of my introduced me to a loan firm due to my appearance and doings. And I told him that I am not interested of any loan deal anymore but he told me that there is still a nice lender who he will recommend me to, and I made a trial and I am most grateful lucky am I today, I was given a loan amount of $100,000.00usd, by this great Company (Bruce Brandon Loan Company) managed by (Mr.Bruce Brandon) If you are in need of a genuine or legit loan or financial assistance and you can be reliable and trusted of capable of paying back at the due time of the funds I will advice you to, contact him via: ( bruce.brandon071@gmail.com ) And you will be free from scams in the internet. All thanks to Mr.Bruce Brandon You are the one who remove me and my family out of poverty. The reason why i am doing this is that, i promise Mr.Bruce Brandon that if i truly got my loan, i will advertize his company and bring customers to his company. Contact him via ( bruce.brandon071@gmail.com )for the Loan you have been looking for..

  3. Hello, We are firm Organization formed to help people in needs of helps,such as financial help. So if you are going through financial difficulty or you are in any financial mess,and you need funds to start up your own business,or you need loan to settle your debt or pay off your bills,start a nice business, or you are finding it hard to obtain capital loan from local banks,contact us today via email mrsroseberrywilkinsfunds.usa@gmail.com So do not let these opportunity pass you by because Jesus is the same yesterday, today and forever more. Please these is for serious minded and God fearing People. Your Name: Loan Amount: Loan Duration: Valid Cell Phone Number: Thanks for your understanding to your contact as we Await Regards Management Email:mrsroseberrywilkinsfunds.usa@gmail.com

  4. The question is, where could they build a new stadium? It seems in the past year, all the prime spots have been spoken for with potential projects. Maybe in the industrial wasteland area a block past Lucas Oil? I think it needs to be close to the core, if a new stadium is built.

  5. Aldi is generally a great shopping experience. Still, I'm sure YOU wouldn't want to shop there, which I consider a positive.