Schmidt Associates COO earns award from American Institute of Architects

Ron Fisher

Ron Fisher, chief operations officer and principal with Indianapolis-based engineering and architecture firm Schmidt Associates, has received the Edward D. Pierre award from the American Institute of Architects Indiana chapter.

Throughout his 43-year career, Fisher has served as a board member and chairman of the facilities committee for WFYI Public Media; a board member for the East Tenth United Methodist Children and Youth Center, the Franklin Township Education Foundation and the Greater Indianapolis Progress Committee; and President of the Indianapolis Sunrise Optimist Club.

Additionally, he is a member of the Ball State University Fellows Society, serves on multiple task forces and planning committees for the Ball State College of Architecture and Planning, has established a Schmidt Associates scholarship for CAP students and was a founding member of the CAP Alumni Society.

Fisher also has contributed to AIA Indianapolis, Indiana and the national organization as both a committee and board member. In Indianapolis, Fisher is a member of the Indianapolis Compliance Board of Demolition Contractors as an appointed architect and the Indianapolis Compliance Board of Demolition Contractors where he has worked with Mayors Bart Peterson, Greg Ballard and Joe Hogsett.

As a young man, Fisher enjoyed drawing, building and constantly improving the world around him. Realizing these innate talents, he knew he would pursue a career in architecture. Years later, he has left an indelible mark. Whether as an architect and principal-in-charge, trusted business advisor, community volunteer, or mentor, Fisher’s leadership and business acumen has resulted in him being recognized with the CAP Outstanding Achievement Award in 2005 and the CAP Distinguished Alumni Award in 2021.

Those who are familiar with Fisher’s talent are quick to share how he has impacted his community. Through his work with WFYI Public Media, Fisher was instrumental in advising the organization on ways to keep employees and visitors safe during COVID-19, as well as how to manage the facility while serving audiences during such a vital time.

For East Tenth United Methodist Children and Youth Center, Fisher has helped children by providing valuable business counsel that has resulted in the Center prospering. Whether volunteering to beautify the Center’s campus, running cornhole tournaments or involving his family in planning events, he’s proven to be an asset.