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Potrait of Adam D. Thies
Assistant Vice President, Capital Planning and Facilities
Bryan Hall
Bloomington, Indiana 47405
Phone: (812) 855-8195
athies[at]iu [dot] edu

Adam D. Thies

Capital Planning, Master Planning, Space Utilization, Space Planning, Space Information


Adam D. Thies, AICP, was appointed Assistant Vice President for Capital Planning at Indiana University in August 2015. In this role, Thies advises the Vice President for Capital Planning and Facilities on matters of University Master Planning for all IU campuses, including Indiana University Bloomington, IUPUI, and all of IU’s Regional campus locations. Additionally, Thies oversees efforts to utilize university building space in ways consistent with the mission and objectives of the University.

Prior to coming to Indiana University, Thies was Director of the Department of Metropolitan Development (DMD) for the City of Indianapolis where he managed a professional staff of 75 city planners, redevelopment officials, transportation planners and design review/zoning professionals with an annual department budget of $32.3 million dollars.  In this role, he served as the executive leader of the City’s Community Development division, Planning and Zoning division, Historic Preservation division, Redevelopment Authority and Brownfields Program. Additionally, he served as the administrative leader of the Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO), authorized all Tax Abatement Compliance, directed the City’s New Markets Tax Credit Program and served as a Cabinet Member to the Mayor on Economic Development Projects and Strategy.

Before working for the City of Indianapolis, Thies was the founder and president of EDEN Collaborative, a boutique real estate, landscape architecture, and city planning consulting firm. While at EDEN, he created the City of Indianapolis and Central Indiana’s first Transit-Oriented Development Strategic Plan to leverage an anticipated $1.2 billion dollar investment in transit in the next 20 years through the Indy Connect transportation initiative.  Additionally, he led and managed many of Indiana’s premiere planning and design projects including planning for the 2012 Super Bowl Legacy Neighborhood Project, the redesign of Indianapolis’ Monument Circle, and the creation of a plan for Midtown Indianapolis. He was named one of 40 under 40 by the Indianapolis Business Journal in 2009, has been named Ball State University’s Graduate of the Last Decade, and was named Ball State’s College of Architecture and Planning’s Outstanding Alumni in 2013.


  • Ball State University, Bachelor of Science in environmental design
  • Ball State University, Bachelor of urban planning and development