Throughout the Midwest and across the nation, alumni from Ball State University’s R. Wayne Estopinal College of Architecture and Planning (ECAP) are shaping the future of cities and towns.

At the heart of every bustling city is a carefully orchestrated system of spaces and structures. As these cities and towns grow and change, so too must the infrastructure that holds everything in place. In collaboration with civic leaders, land developers, and public officials, urban planners are the visionaries and strategists behind these changes.

Shelbyville Town Center

New Shelbyville Town Center

At Ball State, the University’s Urban Planning program “prepares students to excel in their careers and as community leaders,” according to Dr. John West, department chair of the Department of Urban Planning.

“They learn to engage communities in public meetings, and then how to take community input, and combine it with research and analysis to understand urban places,” Dr. West said. “They hone design skills, enabling them to share effective and compelling visions for the future. Our program prepares them for success in executing these visions.”


Read on to learn about the three ECAP alumni who are the urban planning experts behind the growth and success of three Indiana cities.