Scott Truex

Scott Truex

Department Chair of the Department of Urban Planning and Associate Professor of Urban Planning


Room:AB 327A


Scott Truex, chair of the Department of Urban Planning, has worked with more than 80 Indiana communities, conducting design workshops (commonly called charrettes), facilitating community outreach, and consulting on revitalization and master planning projects. He served as the director of the Community Based Projects program in CAP and founded the college’s Indianapolis Center, a storefront community design center. He has been employed as a planner in both Indianapolis and Charlotte, N.C., and operates Sustainable Communities Institute with John Motloch. He has been involved in housing projects in El Salvador and has done community development work in Africa and Haiti.


  • (1981) Master of Architecture, Ball State University, Muncie, Ind.
  • (1980) Bachelor of Architecture, Ball State University, Muncie, Ind.
  • (1980) BS Environmental Design, Ball State University, Muncie, Ind.

Major Research and Teaching Emphasis

  • Sustainable community design and development
  • Urban agriculture
  • Public participation in design and planning
  • Community visioning
  • Smart green design practices
  • Renewable energy initiatives

Recent conference presentations (select)

  • Panelist on small-town planning at “Rewriting the Rural Narrative,” sponsored by Indiana Humanities, Indiana Philanthropy Alliance and Independent Colleges of Indiana. Hanover College, Oct. 10, 2019.
    56th International Making Cities Livable Conference presentation: “The Importance of Place in the Planning Process.” June 2019, Portland, Ore.
  • Prosperity Indiana 2019 Summit: “Building Community Wealth through Urban Agriculture.” January 2019, Indianapolis.
  • Architecture Exchange East 2018 Conference, AIA Virginia work¬shop with Dr. John Motloch: “Architecture in a Complexity-centric Co-Designed World.” Nov. 2018, Richmond, Va.
  • No Need Among You Texas CCD Conference workshop: “Food as Medicine – The Urban FARMacy + Community Development.” Oct. 2018, Waco, Texas.
  • No Need Among You Texas CCD Conference workshop: “Urban Agri¬culture as a Catalyst for Community Development.” Oct. 2017, Houston, Texas.
  • American Planning Association Indiana fall conference workshop: “Regional Cities Initiative – Tale of Two Regions.” Oct. 2017, Lafayette, Ind.
  • 54th International Making Cities Livable Conference accepted paper and work¬shop: “Urban Agriculture as a Catalyst for Place-Based Community Development.” Oct. 2017 – Santa Fe, N.M.
  • Plenary Speaker: No Need Among You Texas CCD Conference, Urban Agriculture: a catalyst for economic development and food justice. Oct. 2015 - Austin, Texas.
  • No Need Among You Texas CCD Conference: The Food Hub Game – Engaging community residents in your food plan. Oct. 2015 - Austin, Texas.

Professional Honors and Recognition

The Walter S. Blackburn Award for commitment to the architectural profession, community and professional service, 2007.

Charles M. Sappenfield award for teaching excellence, 2007.


  • Merit award for Excellence: Public Places for Community, Democratic Dialogue, Health & Equity for Urban Agriculture as a Catalyst for Place Based Community Development. International Making Cities Livable conference, 2017, Santa Fe, N.M. (with Lohren Deeg and John Motloch).
  • Honor Award (top prize): Baltimore Urban Farmstead Initiative, 52nd International Making Cities Livable. Only US project as a finalist winning over projects from England, Italy, Ecuador,
    Saudi Arabia and The Netherlands. June, 2015, Bristol, England (with Lohren Deeg and John Motloch).
  • One of ten finalists for the Baltimore Growing Green Initiative sponsored by the City of Baltimore and Chesapeake Bay Trust. Community partner: Martha’s Place Urban Farmstead Initiative: S2L2 Farm. People’s Choice Award. Aug. 2014, Baltimore, Md. (with Lohren Deeg and John Motloch).

Selected grants

  • Numerous grants with Indiana cities for the development of community design and planning projects.

Professional Social Media


Course Schedule
Course No. Section Times Days Location
Independent Projects 690 1 0000 - 0000
Planning Internship 369 800 0000 - 0000
Planning Portfolio R 690 800 0000 - 0000
Planning Internship 691 1 0000 - 0000