Browning Day Mullins Dierdorf celebrates growth with a new generation of leadership and ownership, as it builds upon its 50-year history of planning and landscape architecture.
Browning Day has consistently extended professional growth opportunity to individuals whose talents stem from intrinsic motivation and who make positive change and choices, for the firm’s clients and within the professional disciplines they represent.
As the business embarks on the next 50 years of service, firm executives intend to grow a diverse planning and design practice that is currently fueling a leadership transition that maintains a selfless planning and design legacy that has always been in support of a client’s needs and wants over the firm’s.
Ryan P. Cambridge, ASLA has been named the Planning Practice Leader and Christine Eaton, PLA is now the Landscape Architecture Practice Leader, working alongside Barth D. Hendrickson ASLA, Principal of Landscape Architecture and Planning.
Planning for a Resilient Future
A distinguished Purdue graduate, Cambridge joined Browning Day from AECOM in 2013, bringing with him specialized experience in systems-based planning, community engagement, and place-led design.
Browning Day has a rich history of existing cultural, institutional, public, and corporate project planning efforts, however, with Cambridge’s specialized experience and focus, along with support of his fellow-owners, he has laid the groundwork for the practice area he now leads. Since 2008, Ryan has helped lead the development of dozens of large-scale planning efforts for public agencies and private developers across the United States (U.S.), representing more than $1B in future capital investment.
“Ryan is a passionate and boundless molder of consensus who brings out the best in those around him; he makes our client’s projects visionary, award-winning, and importantly—implementable,” Hendrickson said. “My fellow owners at Browning Day look forward to his contributions to both the local Indiana and national communities. Ryan’s leadership is both genuine and refreshing in his pursuit and commitment to building community.”
Cambridge provides leadership for clients who are looking for a holistic approach to their future and where an eye toward sustainability and community engagement is valued. He is also privileged to be one of only a handful of professionals in Indiana currently serving on the Project for Public Spaces Placemaking Leadership Council.
“Design – even ‘good’ design – in the absence of a larger, well-informed, and consensus-driven vision is an exercise in futility and a common precursor of ‘spaces’ that never become true ‘places,’” Cambridge said. “Our triangulated planning and engagement methodology ensures that our Client’s missions have the ability to be more than just a statement, and the resulting ‘places” are iconic, enduring, and meaningful.”
Planning Leads to Implementable Landscape Architectural Design and Built Works
Hendrickson then looked at the firm’s decades-long award-winning Landscape Architecture practice to craft a seamless transition from systems planning to actual design, leading to beautifully crafted places for the firm’s clients. Browning Day’s designs are constructed throughout the U.S., in numerous climate conditions, as a result of knowledgeable individuals with proven technical expertise in design, construction documentation, product specifications, bidding and construction administration.
Landscape Architecture at Browning Day is typically practiced from a prime designer role due to its association with the firm’s robust architectural practice, and experts have experienced complex, multi-phased and multi-disciplined projects contributing to an uncommon portfolio on par with what is considered national and international caliber. As such, the desire to continue the level of service and quality expected, and continue to grow the company, required an additional layer of leadership and expertise to lead the design practice in the landscape architecture studio.
Christine Eaton is a proud graduate of Purdue University. She joined Browning Day in the Spring of 2015 and brought with her 25 years of insight, practice and knowledge of design and servant leadership to the studio and for the firm’s clients.
“My perspective on design and the practice of landscape architecture has evolved through the years, and is very simple,” Eaton said. “Be open-minded because great ideas, even the seed of an idea, can come from anyone including clients, contractors or engineers. Be observant of the spaces around you and be a student of people.”
The breadth of her experience covers a wide range of geographies, market segments and project types. Her diverse market portfolio and early exposure to high design in Columbus, Ind. ignited a passion for quality, people-space designs. Executing a well-developed idea by translating it into constructible and coordinated documentation is her specialty. Eaton believes that quality design is not just about what looks good on paper, but how the space performs for the users and those in charge of maintaining it.
“Christine’s peers will be challenged to match her experience on projects while working for internationally-acclaimed design firms on both coasts and the southern U.S.,” Hendrickson said. “She brings back to the Hoosier state insightful experience that is key to our current clients’ redevelopment efforts. Her humble leadership of the team of landscape architects within the firm and her effortless ability to collaborate with clients, architects and engineers alike has allowed me to focus on larger long-term opportunities with visionary clients.”
Hendrickson said the combination of Cambridge and Eaton leading both the planning practice and landscape architecture practice will serve as a good mentorship and training tool equipped with a supportive environment that has experienced professionals leading others. He says advancing their careers in this way has taken pressure off himself, and has allowed him to dream a bit bigger and set his sights on visionary opportunities with both private and public clients whose desire is to make significant change for our local communities, the State of Indiana and Federal government initiatives.
About Browning Day Mullins Dierdorf
Founded in 1967, Browning Day has worked on numerous iconic “people places,” including the American Society of Landscape Architects National Centennial projects list – Indianapolis Canal, the gardens at the Indianapolis Museum of Art, legacy projects such as Monument Circle and University Square, internationally-recognized public spaces at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway including Pagoda Plaza and the new Gate One Plaza, the sculpture plazas and sculpted landscape at the Indianapolis International Airport, as well as, meaningful places across our diverse College and University landscapes at Butler University, Christian Theological Seminary, Taylor University, Purdue University, Indiana University, Indiana University/Purdue University-Indianapolis, Ivy Tech Community College, Wabash College and DePauw University.
The firm is proud of its rich history and is excited to have its next generation of talented professionals carry on the great reputation and its mission to provide Leadership + Design.
Browning Day Mullins Dierdorf (Browning Day) is one of the leading multidisciplinary design firms in the Midwestern United States specializing in architecture, landscape architecture, planning and interior design. Based in Indianapolis, Browning Day is nationally recognized for high-quality design, excellence in client collaboration and building sustainable projects and communities. The firm believes that effective planning and design are products of Leadership + Design® between our firm principals and professionals, our clients, and the community.
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