Senior Principal and President
Since 1980, Rick’s passion and reputation for Creating Better Places® has positioned Hitchcock Design Group as one of the leading urban planning and design providers in the region with offices in Austin, Chicago, Indianapolis and Naperville. A graduate of the University of Illinois, Rick’s recognized leadership skills and outspoken client advocacy have helped hundreds of government clients envision and create distinctive and genuinely sustainable places that skillfully balance diverse stakeholder interests with valuable community resources and evolving marketplace conditions.
As a Senior Principal and the Recreation Practice Leader, Bill Inman has been instrumental in positioning Hitchcock Design Group as one of the leading recreational planning and design firms. His extensive portfolio of planning and built work includes more than 100 relationships with recreation clients, including some that have been loyal clients since he joined the firm in 1989. A graduate of Iowa State University, Bill is a regular speaker at local and national conferences on topics ranging from comprehensive master planning, community engagement, sports, creative play and construction technology.
Geoff Roehll, a Senior Principal and leader of multiple markets at Hitchcock Design Group, has demonstrated his management, planning and design skills on prominent projects throughout the country. Since joining the firm in 1990, Geoff has directed many landmark projects in the healthcare, real estate and senior living markets. In addition to his leadership role with Hitchcock Design Group, Geoff’s diverse background includes an annual engagement with the Chicago Botanic Garden as an instructor for the Therapeutic Garden Certification program. A graduate of Purdue University, Geoff has been a guest lecturer at regional and national healthcare conferences and enjoys sharing his ideas on site planning and landscape elements that promote patient healing.
Randy Royer’s broad range of experience covers an over 20-year career and includes designing museum grounds in Japan, estates in South Florida and streetscapes, parks and corporate campuses in Indiana. As the leader of Hitchcock Design Group’s Indiana office, he seeks to combine aesthetics, functionality and maintainability in all of his projects. He calls Columbus, Indiana home and is very active in the community, serving on the Columbus Indiana Architectural Archives Board, the Purdue Agriculture Alumni Association Board and as past president of the Columbus Area Visitor’s Center Board. A graduate of Purdue University, Randy maintains a passion for collaboration between the community, clients and the design profession.
With over 20 years of professional experience, Trent Rush employes a collaborative design approach to provide clients with exceptional service and uniquely responsive design. A graduate of Purdue University, Trent has compiled a diverse portfolio of work which showcases his true passion, giving form to his clients’ visions for their projects. As leader of Hitchcock Design Group’s Austin office, he is an established presence in the market and blends his expertise of the area with an eye for design aesthetics. Trent’s team achieves a successful integration of their experience by emphasizing the pertinent role the environment plays in the use and enjoyment of a space.
During his tenure with Hitchcock Design Group, Craig has been involved with a wide range of site-specific projects and master plans for urban, higher education, real estate and historic landscape clients. Craig holds a Masters in Planning from the University of Virginia and a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture from Ball State University. He uses his experience and degrees to give form to his clients’ visions through his unique graphic abilities and keen attention to detail. In 2010, Craig was awarded the Alumni Award of Outstanding Achievement from Ball State University. Additionally, he has taught and lectured at several universities and has been an illustrator for several national publications.
Dave excels in creative, yet pragmatic planning and design solutions that seek to add measurable value to all phases of a client’s project. With degrees in both Ornamental Horticulture and Landscape Architecture from the University of Illinois, he is able to combine his knowledge of plant materials with over 28 years of design experience to arrive at options that capture his clients’ project goals. A presenter at both regional and national conferences, Dave enjoys sharing his knowledge of landscape architecture and plants with a wide variety of audiences. Although his practice has focused more recently on education (both higher education and early education environments), he has also been involved in real estate development, civic and religious projects for the firm.
Eric is a Principal in the Recreation Studio at Hitchcock Design Group and is a Licensed Landscape Architect. He has served the recreation industry for over 18 years since graduating with a Bachelors of Landscape Architecture from Kansas State University in 1993. His work includes a variety of projects but his passion for creating outdoor learning environments has produced several award-winning projects such as The Morton Arboretum Children’s Garden, Bison’s Bluff and Bowen Park. Eric specializes in understanding how families and children interact in outdoor environments and seeks to promote the concept of “learning through play” in all of his projects.
As an established leader in the park and recreation industry, Joe has over 33 years of experience in planning and designing projects throughout the region. This has made him a valuable member of each project team that he has been involved with. His passion for taking a client’s vision for a project and implementing it in ways that are innovative yet sensitive to costs, have garnered him the respect of those within the industry. A graduate of the University of Illinois, Joe’s diverse park and recreation experience includes the design and development of more than 400 parks, playgrounds, recreation facilities and landscapes.
An award-winning landscape architect since 1993, Joel Baldin is the leader of Hitchcock Design Group’s Chicago office. In that role he uses his extensive planning, design and project management skills to guide many projects from vision to implementation. A graduate of Purdue University, his experience includes complex urban design projects, historic landscape rehabilitation, parks and recreation, streetscape and plaza design, college and university campuses, commercial real estate and multi-family housing. Joel is a regular speaker at national and regional conferences, focusing on topics such as economic redevelopment, restoration of natural and historic landscapes and best design practices.
Located in our Chicago office, Lance is a versatile and highly regarded landscape architect and urban planner. He is a graduate of Ball State University and has over 20 years of experience. Lance uses his design and planning expertise to give the words and ideas of his clients tangible form through his sketching and graphic abilities. His exceptional portfolio includes neighborhood and site scale civic, healthcare, education, science and technology projects from around the world.
As a key player in the Indianapolis office, Mark brings a creative but buildable perspective to every project he is involved with. Practicing since 1992, Mark’s experience has given him the ability to manage design projects of all scales. A graduate of Purdue University, he has been involved in projects ranging from master planning to site design and conceptualizes intricate designs with careful attention to practical constructability. Even under tight project deadlines, Mark maintains his creative edge to complete high-quality, client-tailored projects. This level of detail has resulted in his being involved in several award winning projects.
M.J. is an avid sketcher and enjoys taking projects from concept through construction and seeing them evolve over time. His experience includes a concentration on the real estate development, higher education and healthcare markets. M.J. also has a broad range of additional experience in community site planning, urban design and estate design. A graduate of Ball State University and a Principal in our Indianapolis office, M.J. serves on the Ball State University Alumni Council, the BSU College of Architecture and Planning Alumni Board, the Indianapolis Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors and is past president of the Lake Maxinhall Association Board.
Principal | Business Manager
Sheila joined Hitchcock Design Group in 2004 as the firm’s Business Manager and continues in that role today. In addition to single-handedly managing and streamlining all aspects of project and company finance, human resources and facilities resources, Sheila also co-manages the company’s IT resources, and has helped launch offices in Austin, Chicago and Indianapolis. Her strategic and operational business perspective have proven invaluable to leadership and she is regarded as a key resource for all levels of staff.
With over 20 years of experience serving the recreation industry, Steve Konters’ passion for achieving a balance between community and the environment has made him a valuable member of every project team he has been involved with. A graduate of the University of Illinois, he is committed to protecting open spaces and restoring the habitat to reconnect people with natural environments. Steve’s ability to build successful relationships with all members of a project team while also factoring in community input has proven invaluable in helping park and recreation providers create and implement master plans and projects. He is a speaker at regional and national conferences and enjoys sharing practical information on planning, implementation, construction and preservation with audiences.
A graduate of Michigan State University and with over 25 years of experience, Tim King brings a disciplined management approach and commitment to excellence during the planning, design and construction phases which has positioned Hitchcock Design Group as one of the leading planning and urban design firms in the region. Focused mainly on civic projects, Tim has managed some of Hitchcock Design Group’s most complex projects including multi-phased redevelopment plans, waterfronts, streetscapes, public plazas and transportation corridors.
Throughout his career with Hitchcock Design Group, Andy’s creative vision and construction knowledge have played instrumental roles in a variety of projects ranging from early education outdoor classrooms to community parks and large-scale master plans. As co-chair of the Leave No Child Inside – Chicago Region initiative, he has presented sessions at regional and national conferences on the importance of educating children about nature. A graduate of Purdue University, Andy’s passion for connecting children with the natural environment has resulted in some of the Midwest’s most innovative nature-based play environments.
Dawn R. Jones
Senior Associate | Marketing and Business Development
As the Business Development and Marketing Manager, Dawn is charged with working with the firm’s leadership to fulfill the goals of the strategic and business development plans across all markets and locations.
As a Senior Associate, Doug has been involved in a wide variety of project types before ultimately realizing that his true passion was for the recreation market. Doug, a graduate of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, can take his client’s passion and vision and design projects that fully capture their goals.
Jason is a graduate of the University of Georgia whose consensus-building skills have proven invaluable on the residential, medical, and retail projects has been involved with. His focus carefully balancing the needs of the community while also factoring in holistic sustainability, responsible design and practical construction have made him a sought-after partner for many projects.
As an Environmental Scientist and Landscape Architect, Lacey’s career began with her work for the State of Michigan where she designed and oversaw the creation of wetland mitigation bank sites across the state. As a graduate of Michigan State University, Lacey has focused on the planning, design, and construction of public outdoor spaces while weaving her passion into the environment into every project that she is involved with.
Since joining Hitchcock Design Group, Nick has immersed himself in projects focused in the real estate development, senior living and healthcare markets which has allowed him to have an invaluable understanding of each market. A graduate of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Nick has also obtained his certification as a healthcare designer from the Chicago Botanic Garden. His commitment to producing quality designs while utilizing strong technical skills continues to exceed the expectations of colleagues and clients, alike.
Becky’s collaborative attitude, creativity and efficiency are all sought after skills that have added measurable value to any team she has been a part of. Because of this, she become a sought-after teammate and infuses her passion for landscape architecture across a wide variety of markets and throughout all phases of a project. A graduate of Iowa State University. Becky becomes an integral part of every project she touches.
A graduate of Purdue University with a Bachelor of Science in Landscape Architecture, Andrew has been instrumental in providing graphics that capture the vision for every project that he is involved in. His eye for spotting potential construction issues during the design phase has assisted many project team in producing creative solutions that are also constructible.
Holding a Master of Arts in Environmental Design and a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture, both from Michigan State University, Bridget consistently strives to help clients solve their most complex design problems while functioning as a key resource for the team and consultants. Her experience in the park and recreation market includes park design, community input facilitation, the assembly of grant applications, and the creation of many comprehensive master plan.
Camille strives to create unique design solutions that elevate the daily experience or users and enhances the natural environment. She is an active member of the Indiana Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects and in her free time, she enjoys exploring Indiana’s parks with her family and working in her home garden. Past experiences allowed her to work as a Landscape Architect in Vermont, Alaska, and Washington.
Dan’s technical and graphic skills have assisted in creating 3-D models and photorealistic renderings that provide clients with a pictorial representation of their projects before they are built. His attention to detail and commitment have made him a sought after teammate. A graduate of the University of Illinois with a Bachelor’s Degree in Landscape Architecture, Dan enjoys helping clients create spaces that enhance the lives of those who use them.
Organized and creative are words often used to describe Elaine and she embodies both in everything that she works on. Her passion for championing the client’s vision and goals for their project has resulted in long-lasting relationships and many repeat engagements. Elaine is a graduate of Purdue University and holds a Bachelor of Science in Landscape Architecture.
Mike is a graduate of the University of Illinois and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Landscape Architecture. His grasp of Lumion and Sketch-Up have been invaluable in giving form to a project well before it is built. Mike’s attention to detail and his dedication to seeing a project through from initial concept to construction administration have been integral to his team’s success.
As a member of Hitchcock Design Group’s Finance Department, Salena is integral to working with the technical staff and leadership to make sure all billing and financial matters are accomplished in a seamless manner.
A graduate of Ball State University, Shannon’s creativy and vision have made her a sought after addition to every project team. During her internship with Walt Disney World as a Horticultural Intern she gained invaluable experience that is directly applicable to her every day project responsibilities at Hitchcock Design Group. This experience, in combination with her attention to client satisfaction have led to Shannon’s continued growth and success.
Xun’s experience working on international projects has enhanced every project that she has worked on. With Masters Degrees in both Landscape Architecture and Science, Land Development and Real Estate from Texas A & M University, she utilizes a creative, yet collaborative approach to the planning and design of every project she works on.
Marketing | Graphics Coordinator
A graduate of North Central College with dual degrees in Graphic Design and Marketing, Deidre brings an innovative perspective to Hitchcock Design Group’s marketing efforts. Her knowledge on how to best position the firm across multiple platforms while delivering creative content and design has only served to enhance the firm’s position in the marketplace.
Jenna began her career at Hitchcock Design Group as an intern and it quickly became apparent that her attention to detail and use of innovative technologies to accomplish our client’s goals would make her a valued permanent member of the team. A graduate of Purdue University with a degree in Landscape Architecture, Jenna uses her clear, concise, and practical manner to create designs that are not only visionary, but constructible.
Matthew’s well-established reputation as a team player who also delivers highly creative design solutions has made him a much sought after member for many projects at Hitchcock Design Group. A graduate of Purdue University with a Bacherlor’s Degree in Landscape Architecture, he utilizes his background and passion in horticulture to insure that the appropriate plant materials are selected for each project.