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Indianapolis Historic Preservation Commission Staff

IHPC Staff
(Click a Staff Member's Name for Biographical Information)

Member Title Phone E-Mail
David Baker Administrator (317) 327-4409
Meg Purnsley Sr. Architectural Reviewer (317) 327-4408
Emily Jarzen Sr. Architectural Reviewer (317) 327-4460
Jamie deLa Foret Office Manager (317) 327-4487

Staff Biographies

David Baker, Administrator

David received his Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Texas at Austin and his Master of Community Planning and Area Development from the University of Rhode Island. He began his career as a neighborhood planner in Augusta, Georgia. He has also been a Senior Planner in Fort Wayne, Indiana where his work included neighborhood planning, urban design, community development, and historic preservation. David joined the IHPC staff in 1984, and has been its Administrator since 1988.

Meg Purnsley, Senior Architectural Reviewer

Meg received a Master of Fine Arts in Historic Preservation from the Savannah College of Art and Design and a Bachelor of Science in Interior Design from Southern Illinois University. Before accepting her current position as an Architectural Reviewer in September of 2000, Meg worked for two years with the Illinois Main Street Program as a Main Street Designer.

Emily Jarzen, Senior Architectural Reviewer

Emily Jarzen received her Master's Degree in Historic Preservation Planning from Cornell University, and her Bachelor's in History and English from Denison University. Prior to joining the IHPC staff, Emily spent nine years as the Historic Preservation Specialist for the City of Newport, Kentucky. A Columbus, Ohio native, Emily has lived in Indiana since 2002, and relocated to Indianapolis from Brookville in 2010.

Jamie deLa Foret, Office Manager