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2019 AIA Firm of the Year

Posted on October 3rd, 2019 by RDIAdmin | Comments: Comments Off on 2019 AIA Firm of the Year

Rowland Design is honored to receive this prestigious award and is grateful to our many clients and opportunities that allow us to make a great impact on Indiana’s built environment. We appreciate each and every one of our clients, vendors, reps and friends that have helped us achieve this award. Thank you!

Learn more on why Rowland Design received this recognition by clicking here.

Rowland Design Announces New President

Posted on April 15th, 2019 by RDIAdmin | Comments: Comments Off on Rowland Design Announces New President

Main Contact:
Tricia Trick-Eckert, Principal
Rowland Design, Inc.
702 N. Capitol Avenue
Indianapolis, IN 46204
p | 317-636-3980



INDIANAPOLIS, Indiana – Rowland Design is pleased to announce that Jill Rose has been promoted to President. Rose has operated in many roles since joining Rowland Design in 2005 including Interior Designer, Project Manager, and Business Development leader. 

Rose replaces Sarah Schwartzkopf who has been serving as the firm’s President since 2008. “I am thrilled to pass the baton to my very capable friend and colleague. Jill is a remarkable person. Rowland Design is in very good hands, and I am thrilled to see where she leads us as we enter our next 50 years!”

Schwartzkopf will remain at the company as Principal and Interior Designer.  

Founder Sallie Rowland commented “I am so enthused that Jill is taking this position as she is so well respected by clients and staff and is capable of managing and running a successful business with an eye on the future.”

Jill Rose is also a leader in the Indianapolis community serving as the 2019 President of Indy’s Commercial Real Estate Women (CREW) and is a Board of Directors member for the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Indiana.     

Founded in 1968, Rowland Design is an integrated studio of talented architects, interior designers, and graphic designers.


For more information contact:
Jessica Mills, Marketing Coordinator

Rowland Design Welcomes New Staff

Posted on March 22nd, 2018 by RDIAdmin | Comments: Comments Off on Rowland Design Welcomes New Staff

Main Contact: Jill Rose

Account Development & Sales,
Rowland Design, 
702 North Capitol Avenue,                                                                  
Indianapolis, IN 46204
P: (317) 636-3980



INDIANAPOLIS, Indiana – Rowland Design, an architecture, interior and graphic design firm in Indianapolis welcomes the following new staff:

Anuya Sant – Marketing Coordinator

Kaitlin Lienhoop – Designer

Kristy Stroh – Purchasing Coordinator

Nia Majors – Designer




For more information contact:

Anuya Sant, Marketing Coordinator

Rowland Design Appoints New Principal and Associates

Posted on March 21st, 2016 by RDIAdmin | Comments: Comments Off on Rowland Design Appoints New Principal and Associates

Main Contact:
Tricia Trick-Eckert, Principal
Rowland Design, Inc.
702 N. Capitol Avenue
Indianapolis, IN 46204
p | 317-636-3980




INDIANAPOLIS, Indiana – Rowland Design is pleased to announce that Randy Veatch, RID, NCIDQ, has been promoted to Principal. Since joining the firm in 1991, Randy has specialized in providing interior design solutions for office, hospitality, residential, and higher education settings.  He has worked with notable clients such as: IUPUI, Eli Lilly and Company, Indiana Repertory Theatre, and Edgeworth and Laskey Properties. Randy is a graduate of the Institute of Art in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Vice President of Sponsorship and Fundraising for the International Interior Design Association (IIDA) Indianapolis Chapter, and is NCIDQ certified.

Rowland Design has also appointed two new Associates, Tony Allen, AIA, and Paul Sinclair.

In Tony Allen’s 3 years with Rowland Design, he has demonstrated his exceptional project management and technical design skills on a wide variety of project types and sizes. A graduate of the University of Illinois School of Architecture, Tony is a member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA), a registered architect in Indiana and Illinois, and holds NCARB certification.

With more than 20 years of both graphic design and interior design experience, Paul Sinclair has worked on numerous nation-wide environmental graphic, branding, and signage and wayfinding projects. Local projects of note include the JW Marriott, CityWay, and the Indianapolis Colts. He is a graduate of Ball State University with a Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Graphic Design.

“The promotion of these individuals will have a tremendous impact on the continued growth of Rowland Design,” said Sarah Schwartzkopf, President of Rowland Design. “We are absolutely thrilled to recognize these multi-talented leaders and the unique expertise each one brings to our management team.

Founded in 1968, Rowland Design is an integrated studio of talented architects, interior designers, and graphic designers.


For more information contact:
Elizabeth Ladomersky, Marketing Coordinator

Rowland Design Receives Top Honors in Three Categories at 2015 Monumental Awards

Posted on October 29th, 2015 by RDIAdmin | Comments: Comments Off on Rowland Design Receives Top Honors in Three Categories at 2015 Monumental Awards



Rowland Design Receives Top Honors in Three Categories at 2015 Monumental Awards


INDIANAPOLIS, Indiana – Rowland Design has been awarded the highest distinction, “Honor”, in three categories at the 2015 Monumental Awards. The firm was recognized in the Architecture and Interior Design categories for its work on 702 N. Capitol, and in the Innovative Reuse category for the Indianapolis Cultural Trail Headquarters and Bikeshare Operations Center.

The projects at 702 N. Capitol, Rowland Design’s office, and the Indianapolis Cultural Trail Headquarters and Bikeshare Operations Center both involved repurposing an existing structure to meet the needs of the new occupant which, in turn, helped promote redevelopment and growth along North Capitol Avenue.

Rowland Design’s Indianapolis headquarters began life as a one-story, nearly windowless office building. It’s location on the Indianapolis Cultural Trail demanded more. As a second floor was added, the building’s orientation changed to focus on and welcome the activity of the trail. Exterior sunshades cut energy consumption, while providing a kinetic experience to trail goers. Inside, all spaces radiate off the hospitality of the two-story lobby core. The ground floor houses conference and library functions, while the second floor is devoted to the design studio.

Across the street, a once uninhabited service station was transformed into a vibrant home base for the Indianapolis Cultural Trail Headquarters and Bikeshare Operations Center. Although the footprint of the building is small, the layout is efficient. Garage doors retract to create a seamless transition to the patio. The multi-function space includes administrative offices, an open work zone, and a conference room, as well as a custom bike maintenance and repair shop.






Interior Design’s 2015 Rising Giants

Posted on September 10th, 2015 by RDIAdmin | Comments: Comments Off on Interior Design’s 2015 Rising Giants

Rising Giants 2015

Back Home

Posted on August 27th, 2015 by RDIAdmin | Comments: Comments Off on Back Home

Have you ever thought about what it would be like to move back into your childhood home?

When Bob and Sarah Schwartzkopf moved into their Harrison Lake home after completing several renovations, it was simultaneously a fresh, new undertaking and a trip down memory lane. Bob and Sarah recently shared their stunning space with Columbus magazine.

Read the full story below by clicking on each page to enlarge.

Columbus Magazine- Schwartzkopf Feature- Cover

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Legends of Rowland Design

Posted on July 14th, 2015 by RDIAdmin | Comments: Comments Off on Legends of Rowland Design

Legends of Rowland Design as featured in Real Estate People  |


It isn’t every design firm which can claim not one but two authenticated legends within their numbers, but for Rowland Design, that’s a reality. Each year the Interior Design Coalition of Indiana honors one professional as a Legend IN Design. The first honoree seven years ago was the firm’s founder, Sallie Rowland; in 2015, her colleague Bob Frist was chosen. We sat down with both to explore their philosophies and gather insights.

Sallie accepting her Legend IN Design award in 2008.

Part of the IDCI’s criteria for the award is that a designer must demonstrate both breadth and depth in their work. For Sallie, seeking to represent those two things simultaneously is what led her to found Rowland Design in 1968. “Products or techniques you use in one industry can transfer to another,” she pointed out. “If you don’t work outside one area, you never have an opportunity to use that knowledge in a new way.” Rowland Design was one of the first firms to focus on providing professional consulting services, not establish themselves as vendors for specific brands. Sallie noted that this liberty still enables them to design to the uniqueness of each client.Today, they employ architects, interior designers, and environmental graphic designers “thinking in concert” to ensure the client gets the best possible product at the most reasonable price.


Bob accepting his 2015 Legend IN Design award.

Bob shared that one of the most refreshing elements he found in Rowland Design’s culture when he joined was the expectation of both knowledge and thoughtfulness as a designer. “It’s never been enough for us to just do a pretty space,” he shared. “Whether it’s hospitality, food and beverage, higher ed: the client has a problem they want to solve through design, but we need to understand how that plays into their overall business plan.” For him, seeing how the design fits in with the rest ignites passion for both the work and the client. Applying that passion to serve the client best means thinking long-term  about how the design will hold up, not getting swept away by trends.

Both Sallie and Bob agreed that the most important trait for any designer is the ability to listen;not just to words, but also body language and data obtained from observation. (Sallie is so dedicated, she once spent a few days living in a psychiatric facility to better understand how they used their space!) “If you aren’t watching how people react, you will miss the entire opportunity to serve that client,” Bob added. Patience and a firm grounded in the basic elements of design are also critical, Sallie said “You may change the rules, but you can’t break them if you don’t know them,” she continued.

Bob Frist named 2015 Legend IN Design

Posted on May 28th, 2015 by RDIAdmin | Comments: Comments Off on Bob Frist named 2015 Legend IN Design

The Interior Design Coalition of Indiana (IDCI) is pleased to honor Mr. Bob Frist, R.I.D. of Rowland Design, as the 2015 Legend IN Design recipient. Mr. Roll McLaughlin, F.A.I.A., of Historic Landmarks, will be honored as the Honorary Legend IN Design recipient for 2015.

Mr. Frist has enjoyed 30 years with the award-winning firm Rowland Design, and has been a prominent force in the healthcare market segment. He is passionate about creating “learning spaces” within his designs, and is known for promoting collaboration as a design element. He also enjoys his work with the arts, business, and civic projects, and loves promoting the vitality of our state.

Mr. McLaughlin has been an icon in the historic restoration and design industry for over 7 decades, and has no intention of slowing down. His work with Connor Prairie, the Benjamin Harrison home, Morris-Butler House, and James Whitcomb Riley Home are a few of his favorite projects. He is a founding member the Historic Landmarks Foundation, now Indiana Landmarks, with his friend and co-founder Eli Lilly.

These prestigious awards will be presented to Mr. Frist and Mr. McLaughlin at the annual Legends IN Design event, created as a celebration of all disciplines within the design industry.

The IDCI will also honor an emerging talent within the interior design field to be announced at the May 13th event, as well awarding scholarship(s) to interior design students.

The Interior Design Coalition of Indiana is an organization representing one unified voice for Indiana design professionals established to serve the public through the adoption of nationally recognized interior design standards. In addition, the organization brings design disciplines in the building industry together to raise public awareness for the “Power of Design” on behalf of the entire industry.



Butler’s Hinkle Fieldhouse wins premier restoration award from Indiana Landmarks

Posted on May 4th, 2015 by RDIAdmin | Comments: Comments Off on Butler’s Hinkle Fieldhouse wins premier restoration award from Indiana Landmarks

In partnership with Ratio Architects, Rowland Design provided the interior finish and furniture design services for the phased renovation of Hinkle Fieldhouse.

View the full project profile:


INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana Landmarks, a private nonprofit organization that saves historic places, has selected Butler University as the winner of its annual Cook Cup for Outstanding Restoration for its preservation of Hinkle Fieldhouse. The dome of Indiana Landmarks Center’s Grand Hall will turn Butler blue when Director of Athletics Barry Collier, Executive Director of Facilities Rich Michal, and Butler Blue III accept the silver cup at an event on April 25 in Indianapolis.

Although Hinkle appeared sturdy and timeless, it was a National Historic Landmark in need of attention before Butler launched a $36.2 million restoration that concluded last year.

The university’s enrollment barely topped 1,000 when Fermor Spencer Cannon designed Butler Fieldhouse in 1928 to seat 15,000. The fieldhouse has hosted graduations, addresses by six U.S. presidents, a concert with 125 pianos, indoor track meets in the ‘30s where Jesse Owens set a world record, and a World War II barracks.

To many Hoosiers, Hinkle will forever be remembered as the home of Indiana’s single-class high school basketball championship. Angelo Pizzo, who wrote the screenplay for the movie Hoosiers, called the fieldhouse “a work of art and a thing of beauty.”

In designing the restoration, design team leader RATIO Architects followed Collier’s mantra: “keep Hinkle, Hinkle” and his variation, “make Hinkle more Hinkle.”

“Keeping Hinkle, Hinkle” meant tuckpointing all the masonry, restoring the steel-sash windows and replicating those that were too rusted to save. “The windows contribute to Hinkle’s signature ambiance, a place flooded with natural light that lends the exposed steel girders a sculptural quality,” says Indiana Landmarks President Marsh Davis, a Butler alum.

Filled over the years with mismatched glass, the windows were retrofit with 9,700 new energy-efficient panes. Because Butler won a federal preservation grant for the window rehab, the entire project followed federal restoration guidelines.

Inside, to “make Hinkle more Hinkle,” the restoration removed cement-block offices, storage closets and concession stands under the bleachers and on the concourse. This change returned the original configuration, opening up the concourses and uncovering the trusses that rise up and over the barrel-vaulted ceiling.

To improve conditions for student athletes and attract recruits, Butler renovated the West Gym and dingy locker rooms, training and workout areas, and the academic center. They created new spaces for these functions and athletic offices in a dark, unused natatorium north of the West Gym, adding two floors in the space, opening up bricked-in windows, and installing an elevator that makes the upper levels of the fieldhouse handicapped accessible for the first time.

“The restoration means that the Bulldogs can continue to attract student athletes and, in 2115, Hinkle Fieldhouse will still be standing strong,” declares Carl Cook, Indiana Landmarks board chairman and head of the Cook Cup selection committee. He will present the Cook Cup at Rescue Party, an annual benefit for Indiana Landmarks’ Endangered Places programs. Tickets for the April 25 event are $75 per person and must be purchased in advance at or by calling 317-639-4534.



Contact: Tina Connor, Executive Vice President, 317-639-4534 / 800-450-4534 (cell 317-946-3127),  or Jen Thomas, JTPR, Inc., 317-441-2487,

Addendum  –  Restoration project team

Honors to the Hinkle campaign donors and the following participants:


Butler University

Butler University Athletic Department

Butler University Operations

Butler University Advancement


Project Team

Lead design architect

RATIO Architects, Inc.

General contractors

General Restoration Corporation

Turner Construction Company

Window restoration

Brandt Construction, Inc.



ARSEE Engineers, Inc.

Rowland Design, Inc.


Cripe Engineers

Barth Electric Co.

D2P / Kimball International

Durkin & Villalta Partners Engineering

Henderson Engineers, Inc.

The Fehribach Group

Wright Consulting Associates, Inc.

Johnson Melloh

KJWW Engineering Consultants

Office 360 / Jasper Seating International

RLR Associates

RTM Consultants, Inc.

Sensory Technologies

Southern Bleacher / Irwin Seating