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Indianapolis Historic Preservation Commission

The Indianapolis Historic Preservation Commission is a nine-member board appointed by the executive and legislative body of the consolidated city.

The current members of the IHPC are listed below.
 
William A. Browne Jr., FAIA   ​President
​W. Bruce Stauffer Vice President
​Joann K. Green, RLA ​Secretary
​Alex White ​Treasurer
​James T. Kienle, FAIA ​Board Member
​Susan Williams ​Board Member
​Ashley Payne ​Board Member
​Sally A. Cook  ​Board Member
Annie Lear ​Board Member
 

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William (Bill) A. Browne Jr., FAIA,
LEED AP, President, is the president and founding principal of RATIO Architects, Inc.  Since establishing RATIO more than 30 years ago, Bill has led the expansion of the firm, which now has studios located in Indianapolis, Chicago, Raleigh, and Champaign.  Bill’s community service, in addition to the IHPC, includes involvement with the Indiana State Museum & Historic Sites Corporation, White River State Park Commission, Marian University Cycling Advisory Board, Greater Indianapolis Progress Committee, American Institute of Architects, and he was a member of the 2012 Super Bowl Host Committee.  Bill received his Bachelor of Science in Architecture from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, and his Master of Arts in Architecture from the University of Florida.  Bill has served on the IHPC since 1992.
W. Bruce Stauffer, Vice President, is a retired construction manager.  Bruce graduated from Ball State University with a degree in Regional & Urban Planning and served as Boone County Planning Director.  He has served on the IHPC since 2008.
Joann K. Green, PLA, ASLA, Secretary, is President and owner of Landstory, a Landscape Architecture and Planning firm located in the historic Chatham-Arch neighborhood. Her 38 years of experience extends to a broad array of project types including parks, trails, streetscapes, urban revitalization plans, large scale industrial and institutional site design, for private and public sector clients on a local, state, regional and national level. Born and raised in Indianapolis, she holds a Landscape Architecture degree from Purdue University. Prior to becoming a partner in Landstory, Joann held senior project management and department head positions with two large A&E firms in Indianapolis. After raising her family in the Meridian-Kessler neighborhood, she and her husband moved to the Old Northside Neighborhood where they have lived for the last 10 years. Joann has served on the IHPC since 2010.
Alex White, AIA, Treasurer, is Associate Principal of Architecture with Rowland Design with 27 years of registered architectural practice in residential, public and corporate architecture.  Previously, for 16 years, he was Chief Architect for global companies like Eli Lilly and Co. and Cummins, Inc. His work recently received international merit recognition from Docomomo and Indiana Landmarks for the restoration and renovation of the National Historic Landmark, Saarinen and Roche designed Irwin Union Bank and Addition in Columbus, Indiana. Alex also is the recipient of numerous AIA awards and honors in public, hospitality, corporate and residential architecture.  From 1998-2004, Alex served as a commission member on the Meridian Street Preservation Commission. In the mid 1990s he was Architectural Reviewer with the Indianapolis Historic Preservation Commission and Director of Design for Indiana Landmarks leading the architectural restoration of notable projects like West Baden Springs.  Alex received his Bachelors of Architecture and Environmental Design from Ball State University.
James T. Kienle, FAIA, Board Member, is the Director of the Historic Preservation Studio for Moody Nolan Inc. (MNI)  and was the Vice President and National Director of Historic Preservation Architecture for HNTB Architects, Engineers, & Planners for 25 years. He received his Bachelor of Architecture from The Ohio State University and has spent the majority of his over 45 year architectural career specializing in preservation design bringing new life to historic structures, campuses and urban environments, including the Hilbert Circle Theater, Government Center South and Kentucky State Capitol Restoration.  Jim has received numerous local, state and national awards for his work in Preservation Design including the AIA Indiana Gold Medal.  He is a frequent speaker at local, state, regional, national, and collegiate venues on historic preservation and preservation design. He has authored several articles and co-authored a chapter in Indianapolis Architecture: Transformations since 1975.  Jim has served on the IHPC since 1997.
Susan Williams, Board Member, is a civic volunteer since retiring as President of the Indiana Sports Corporation in September, 2012. Prior to that position, Susan was appointed by Governor Frank O’Bannon to serve as Executive Director of the Indiana State Office Building Commission, where she oversaw the design and construction of the NCAA headquarters, the Indiana State Museum and other large projects throughout the state. She served on the Indianapolis City-County Council from 1985-2000, during which she was known as an advocate for the re-development of downtown and led the formation of several historic neighborhoods as well as the revitalization of Massachusetts Avenue. Susan has received local, state and national awards related to her work as a leader in preservation and urban redevelopment. She received her undergraduate degree from Franklin College, where she currently serves on the Board of Trustees, and earned a master’s degree from Indiana University. In addition to serving on the IHPC since 2002, she serves on the boards of the Indianapolis Arts Council, the Women’s Fund, the Massachusetts Avenue Community Development Corporation, and the Near Eastside Legacy Center.
Ashley Payne, Board Member, is the Capture Manager specializing in large-scale proposals, contracts, and marketing at CSCI Consulting, a local award-winning, woman-owned small business serving public and private sectors. Previously, she worked on the IHPC staff for 7.5 years, first as Preservation Assistant before advancing to Architectural Reviewer and then Preservation Planner. As Preservation Planner, Ashley was tasked with the orchestration and subsequent successful local designation of the IHPC Monument Circle Historic District. Ashley received her B.F.A. in Art History from the University of Texas at Austin, and her M.S. in Historic Preservation from Ball State University. Ashley has served on the IHPC since 2014.
Sally A. Cook, Board Member, Sally A. Cook is an attorney who engaged in private practice and worked in state government prior to her retirement. She lives in a historic home in Woodruff Place where she served as president of the Woodruff Place Civic League and its representative to Historic Urban Neighborhoods of Indianapolis (HUNI). During her first term, Sally played a significant role in the re-design of the collaborative process for designating historic neighborhoods. In her second term, Sally intends to play an equally active role in updating IHPC’s procedural rules. Sally has served on the IHPC since 2012. Prior to that, she served on the Board of Zoning Appeals.

Anne Lear, Board Member, Anne Lear grew up in Greencastle, Indiana. She received her BS from Ball State University in 1982 and her MS from Indiana University in 1984. She has been employed in the pharmaceutical and biotech industry for almost 30 years. Anne has lived in Indianapolis for over 30 years and has been a resident of Chatham Arch for just over 9 years. "Residing in a house that was built in 1867 certainly gives one a deep appreciation for history and the importance of preserving it for those that follow us in the years to come." Anne has been an active member of the Chatham Arch historic neighborhood as well as the Chatham Arch Neighborhood Foundation for over 4 years and President for 2 years. "I have a strong appreciation for historic preservation and the need to preserve it for generations to come."