Derek Mills shares his experiences in designing residential architecture + interiors at the September AIA-American Institute of Architects public forum hosted by The Platform at the City Market, downtown Indianapolis.
When San Francisco transplants Alan and Deborah Leerkamp decided to lay down roots in the Midwest with young daughter Samuelle, they knew they’d be hard-pressed to find an open-concept home in a neighborhood where the vast majority of homes built in the 20s and 30s have remained untouched. Instead, they focused their efforts on finding a house in the best location: a place close to school and work with a strong sense of community, where they could walk or bike just about anywhere they needed to go.
Just a few miles north of a vibrant, rapidly shifting downtown Indianapolis, IN lies Broad Ripple Village, a walkable community long known for its tree-lined streets and traditional homes with coffee, groceries, breweries, and a great spot to brunch right around the corner. After finding a 1920s Craftsman in the heart of the neighborhood, Deborah, an art director and designer, began planning and sketching an entirely new layout that worked for their family and lifestyle — although you’d never guess such a colorful, open space was behind the front door of the quaint bungalow.
With the help of a local architect, Deborah’s vision for a welcoming, modern home came to life. By opening up the attic, exposing beams, and tearing out walls, she created a unified space that invited conversation and quality time for the close-knit family of three; a lively home where Samuelle would love growing up. The couple added unexpected, playful elements they dreamed of having in their own childhoods: a secret treehouse loft accessed by a rope ladder and a big yellow tube slide from the main level to the basement playroom for Samuelle and her friends (and sometimes adults, too!). The main living quarters consist of the open-concept great room, two bedrooms, bathrooms, and an office that feels proportionate to their family on a daily basis, but their nest can expand when the family needs a little extra space. A creative room with soaring ceilings connects the main house to a private guest loft for visiting family and friends.
The Leerkamps have created a home that is honest, approachable, and so uniquely them — a home that not only serves their needs, but one that brings them true joy. Their home is a reflection of who they are: welcoming, genuine, and warm people who seek a life well-lived. It serves as a reminder to break the rules sometimes, to create homes that truly represent who we are and make us smile when we open the door after a long day. —Kate
“Humbly and proudly I profess my competence under the discipline of architecture.
Upon my honor I promise unending devotion to the task of continually studying, learning, seeking, experimenting, that I may become ever better educated and trained for my work.
Upon my honor I promise to my community undeviating adherence to the ideal service to my fellow men, as the goal of my effort, that I may honestly and fully earn my living – my right to live among them.
Upon my honor I promise to maintain that integrity in practice which will insure to each client the finest possible stewardship of his interest.
Upon my honor I promise in the execution of every commission to strive to create beauty as well as order, character as well as safety, spiritual value as well as convenience.
Upon my honor I promise to join with my fellow architects to make our profession of greatest possible usefulness and benefit to our society, to share and disseminate all valuable professional knowledge, and to pass on to the succeeding generation the full and fine discipline of our profession, enriched because of my dedication.”
– State of Indiana Architect’s Oath
On April 23, 2016, our team member Paul was recognized in a formal architect’s licensing ceremony by the State of Indiana and the Indiana chapter of the American Institute of Architects. The Architect’s Licensing Ceremony used to be a sort of right of passage until roughly a decade ago when the State ceased holding the ceremony. Historically, those honored in the ceremony were individuals who had become licensed in the previous year. In 2016, in conjunction with AIA Indiana, the State decided to resume the architect’s licensing ceremony!
As part of the ceremony, the newest licensees were given words of wisdom by a fellow architect as she told stories of blazing a trail as a young architect. Following the words of wisdom, each licensee was individually recognized and presented with a signed and sealed license certificate. To conclude the ceremony the licensees recited the architect’s oath (above) as the many had done previously.
We would like to extend our warmest congratulations to all of those architects licensed in the past year. Having gone through the journey, we know the arduous adventure becomes more of an exciting exploration. We wish you all the best in your careers ahead.
11/09/11 Indianapolis, IN – Lutheran Child and Family Services (Indianapolis location) recognized with 2011 Monumental Affair Honor Award for Architecture, the highest honor of three projects recognized.
09/15/11 Dayton, OH – Lutheran Child and Family Services recognized with 2011 AIA Indiana Honor Award for Design, the highest honor of six projects by Indiana architects recognized (forty-six total entries) … congratulations to client and team.