IBJNews

2013 Forty Under 40: Brad Beaubien

Back to TopCommentsE-mailPrintBookmark and Share

 

“Probably continuing along the lines of what I’m doing now—advisory roles for non-profits and community initiatives such as the King Park board.”

Age: 35

Director, Ball State University College of Architecture and Planning, Indianapolis Center

Brad Beaubien came from Sioux City, Iowa, to Ball State University to pursue an education in landscape architecture and urban planning. Give or take 75 miles, he’s still there. Beaubien earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Ball State and in 2009 became director of the university’s College of Architecture and Planning in Indianapolis.

In that role, he oversees the master of urban design program, serving as an academic adviser and student recruiter. His main job, he said, is getting students engaged with community work in Indianapolis.

“It is different being down here away from the mother ship—it has its challenges and its rewards—but the university has been supportive,” he said.

Beaubien’s achievements include being part of the team that won a 2010 National Planning Excellence Award from the American Planning Association for creating urban design guidelines for Indianapolis. The guidelines inform the city’s review of all downtown projects.

He’s also particularly proud of helping create the Smart Growth District around 22nd Street and the Monon Trail, which “went further and faster than anticipated.” Beaubien brought in the American Institute of Architects and created one of the first five pilots for the federal sustainable community partnerships program. “We went from an idea to a federally designated district,” he said.

Beaubien, who’s married and has two sons, is keenly focused on building neighborhoods, whether it’s the near-downtown King Park Area Development Corp. (where he’s on the board) or in his role with Ball State.

“Most neighborhoods in the suburbs have their own swimming pool, their own tennis courts and clubhouse,” he said. “They have trail systems, sidewalks—all these public amenities that have been privatized within a homeowners’ association. The old parts of Marion County have those things, but lots of Marion County was built at a time when those things didn’t have value. We have to look at how we save those neighborhoods.”•

ADVERTISEMENT

Post a comment to this story

COMMENTS POLICY
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
ADVERTISEMENT

facebook - twitter on Facebook & Twitter

Follow on TwitterFollow IBJ on Facebook:
Follow on TwitterFollow IBJ's Tweets on these topics:
 
Subscribe to IBJ
  1. How can any company that has the cash and other assets be allowed to simply foreclose and not pay the debt? Simon, pay the debt and sell the property yourself. Don't just stiff the bank with the loan and require them to find a buyer.

  2. If you only knew....

  3. The proposal is structured in such a way that a private company (who has competitors in the marketplace) has struck a deal to get "financing" through utility ratepayers via IPL. Competitors to BlueIndy are at disadvantage now. The story isn't "how green can we be" but how creative "financing" through captive ratepayers benefits a company whose proposal should sink or float in the competitive marketplace without customer funding. If it was a great idea there would be financing available. IBJ needs to be doing a story on the utility ratemaking piece of this (which is pretty complicated) but instead it suggests that folks are whining about paying for being green.

  4. The facts contained in your post make your position so much more credible than those based on sheer emotion. Thanks for enlightening us.

  5. Please consider a couple of economic realities: First, retail is more consolidated now than it was when malls like this were built. There used to be many department stores. Now, in essence, there is one--Macy's. Right off, you've eliminated the need for multiple anchor stores in malls. And in-line retailers have consolidated or folded or have stopped building new stores because so much of their business is now online. The Limited, for example, Next, malls are closing all over the country, even some of the former gems are now derelict.Times change. And finally, as the income level of any particular area declines, so do the retail offerings. Sad, but true.

ADVERTISEMENT