Indiana University names Indianapolis official Adam Thies assistant vice president

  • July 13, 2015


BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Adam D. Thies, director of planning and development initiatives for the City of Indianapolis and a nationally recognized leader in urban planning, has been named assistant vice president for capital planning and facilities at Indiana University.

Thies has served since October 2012 as director of the Indianapolis Department of Metropolitan Development, where he manages and leads a staff of 75 city planners, redevelopment officials, transportation planners and design review professionals with an annual budget of $32.3 million.

At IU, he will provide system-wide strategic leadership and vision for facilities planning and management with a specific focus on university master planning, site planning and campus development. He will serve as the primary university liaison with external planning consultants and will engage with campus and community officials and groups regarding campus planning impact and development.

“Adam Thies is a highly regarded urban planner with deep and varied experience in both the private and public sectors," said Thomas Morrison, IU vice president for capital planning and facilities. “I’m very pleased that he has agreed to join our team at Indiana University, where his skills and background will prove invaluable in the planning and completion of capital initiatives related to the Bicentennial Strategic Plan."

"Becoming a part of the Indiana University family and working with one of the world's great research institutions is an honor beyond words,” Thies said. “I eagerly anticipate the opportunity to assist IU in achieving its mission and building for an incredibly dynamic future.”

In his City of Indianapolis position, Thies oversees and administers the divisions of planning and zoning, community economic development and historic preservation as well as the Metropolitan Planning Organization. He serves as strategic planning adviser to Mayor Greg Ballard on long-term redevelopment and economic development initiatives.

From 2005 to 2012, Thies was founder, president and owner of Eden Collaborative, a specialized consulting firm with teams of civil engineers, landscape architects, economic development advisers, real estate appraisers, and marketing and communication professionals.

At Eden he led and managed some of Indiana’s premier planning and design projects, including planning for the Indianapolis Super Bowl 2012 Legacy Neighborhood Project, the redesign of the city’s Monument Circle and the creation of a plan for Midtown Indianapolis. Eden was the lead consultant for the redevelopment of Fort Benjamin Harrison, the downtown revitalization of Angola, Ind., the Carmel, Ind., urban design initiative and the Indy Go downtown transit center.

Before founding Eden, Thies was a faculty member in the College of Architecture and Planning at Ball State University. From 2000 to 2003 he was a project manager in the Chicago office of Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP.

He served as a Rose Fellow for Public Leadership in 2014, received a Ball State University Distinguished Alumni Award in 2012 and graduated from the Stanley K. Lacy Executive Leadership Class in 2010. In 2009, he was named one of the Indianapolis Business Journal's “40 Under 40.” He served on the American Planning Association national board of directors in 2000-01 and was named the association’s National Young Leader of the Year in 2000.

The Office of the Vice President for Capital Planning and Facilities is responsible for ensuring that IU has the facilities and infrastructure that are essential to meeting the university’s Principles of Excellence while recognizing the importance of historical stewardship, an environment that reflects IU’s values and growth to meet future needs in accordance with long-term campus master plans.

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