Interim Department Chair of the Department of Urban Planning and Associate Professor of Urban Planning
Currently, Scott Truex is an Associate Professor in the Department of Urban Planning in the College of Architecture and Planning (CAP) at Ball State University. He also served as the Director of the Community Based Projects (CBP) Program and founder of CAP’s Indianapolis Center. He received AICP certified in 1988 as a professional planner.
His areas of teaching and research focus Sustainable Community Design and Development, Public Participation in Design and Planning, Community Visioning, Smart Green Design Practices and Net-zero Affordable Housing Solutions. These activities are not limited to the United States as he is engaged in applied research projects internationally.
Through the of Community Based Projects (CBP) Program for the College of Architecture and Planning he has worked extensively with small town and neighborhood development projects. This work has been largely through community design workshops- “charrettes” a trademark program of the CBP, recognized national as one of the premier community outreach programs. Additionally, he was co-director of the Indiana Total Quality of Life Initiative (TQLI) for the Indiana Department of Community Development from 1992-94 and continues today as an advocate for this holistic approach to community development.
Mr. Truex has both his Bachelor of Architecture and his Master of Architecture Degrees from Ball State University. He has recently received awards for his commitment and service to the design and planning profession from CAP’s Alumni Society and the American Institute of Architecture, Indiana Chapter.
Scott created Sustainable Communities Institute (SCI) with Dr. John Motloch in the spring of 2012. SCI combines over forty years of research, project development, and community engagement to facilitate change in communities and organizations. SCI is a “think and do” institute focused on helping its partners thrive and become self-sufficient.
Scott has worked as a professional planner for two cities, Indianapolis and Charlotte, and is focused on downtown revitalization, neighborhood revitalization and urban design projects. He has been a consultant for over thirty Indiana communities through the Community Based Projects (CBP) at Ball State conducting studies, plans, and community visioning workshops.
Placemaking and quality of life planning have been the cornerstone of all the projects Scott has worked on throughout his career. As co-director of the Indiana Total Quality of Life Initiative, he assisted over fifty Indiana communities in developing their own quality of life plans.