Last updated on July 4th, 2024 at 06:29 am

Indianapolis is a diverse city that’s with history, a booming economy, and an ever-changing economy capable of adapting to the times. Famous landmarks are found throughout the city, including the world’s largest children’s museum and veteran monuments. While numerous architects reside in Railroad City, only a few are considered the best in providing Industrial Architecture services. Especially in a city that’s constantly innovating and expanding its industrial market and economy, it’s only natural to choose professionals familiar with the city and its people.

This list notes the best working in this sector, the names known for their dedication to each project, their attention to their clients, and their years of industry knowledge gained from experience.

Axis Architecture

618 E Market Street, Indianapolis, IN 46240

Axis Architecture has completed numerous large-scale projects in Indianapolis, including industrial, healthcare, residential, and retail centers. The award-winning firm was founded by Kevin Cooper, Assoc. AIA and Drew White, FAIA, LEED AP in 1995.

As an architecture and interior designing firm, they focus on innovative and collaborative designs that can lead the industry through future-forward projects. The company’s philosophy makes them achieve long-lasting partnerships with their clients, partnerships built on trust and professionalism.

In Greenfield, Indiana stands the Indiana Automotive Fasteners, Inc., building for which Axis was commissioned to design a new front lobby and office space. The $2.2 million project added 294,870 square feet to the existing 698,600-square-foot warehouse building. Completed in 2014, the building’s façade contains a 575-foot-long curtain wall, which provides an abundance of natural light to the new office space. The linear front is also broken up by a curved wall that contains an organic showroom, with limestone and exotic woods.

Peterson Architecture

298 S 10th Street, Suite 500, Noblesville, IN 46060

Peterson is about valuing relationships with equal-minded firms and companies around Indiana. The partnerships formed have made it possible for Peterson to seek more innovative solutions and create seamless processes for client needs. In additional industrial work, their firm has completed numerous commercial, healthcare, residential, and retail projects. 

Darren L. Peterson, AIA has been the principal architect since the company’s founding in 1996. Through their partnerships around the city, the Peterson team can provide their clients lower fees and special specific requests per project. They center their work on collaboration where each member, specialty, and profession is deployed to achieve project goals.

Peterson Architecture was the team behind the office and warehouse space of Lusco Corporation at their Indiana headquarters. The project required Peterson to build the exteriors and a durable interior capable of housing the specific materials and equipment of the waste management company.


3939 Priority Way South Drive, Suite 200, Indianapolis, IN 46240

Cripe is one of the leading design firms in Indiana. In the business for 85 years, they have a long-standing reputation and plenty of experience in the industry. As a  full-service company, they provide architecture, interiors, and civil engineering services to energy and facilities. Awarded one of the 2021 Best Places to Work in Indiana, the company values its employees and believes in a workplace where ideas can flow freely. 

As president of the firm, Dennis McGuire personally oversees strategies and client success. He has 30 years in the industry working on specialty and commercial projects, as he has plenty of experience working with 3D laser scanning and drone technology. Alex D. Aok, PE, joins him as the Chairman and CEO, taking charge of the projection and strategies for their staff.

Granite REIT was a returning client for Cripe that hired the firm to design their warehouse in Plainfield, Indiana. They provided the architecture and surveying and also acquired the required certifications for site development.

Curran Architecture

5719 Lawton Loop East Drive, Suite 212, Indianapolis, IN 46216

Founded in 2003, Shawn Curran started as a one-man firm before growing and expanding his company into what it is today. Curran Architecture promises attentive service and quality design for their clients while focusing on their mission to give back to various communities. They have supported Habitat for Humanity, the Humane Society for Hamilton County, and more.

Curran is a registered architect in 43 states with over two decades of experience in the industry. As the founder and leader, he is hands-on in every project and maintains the trust and relationship of each client. The firm has provided designs for retail, corporate, industrial spaces, medical, and businesses. They also provide ground-up builds, remodels, and interior services.

Brooks Running Company sought the services of Curran Architecture to build and design a spacious, accessible, safe, aesthetically pleasing warehouse. Besides the heavy equipment, the space was constructed to include collaborative rooms for the employees and guests while designing the interiors in keeping with the company’s brand and color palettes.

Mussett, Nicholas & Associates, Inc.

502 South West Street, Indianapolis, IN 46225

Mussett, Nicholas & Associates, Inc has established itself to be a design firm that values c working relationships; many of the firm’s clients come back for more. The company has championed consistency and professionalism, which has helped them grow their reputation and gain local and international clients.

Jason M. Ary, PE, and James Shute are the company’s principal architects. Their shared experience in the industry allows them to lead the company in providing design, construction, and management services that include engineering solutions, architectural services, and basic building protections.

One of their large-scale projects was the completion of the 200,000-square-feet Aisin Chemical Indiana. The industrial plant was built with two priorities, keeping employees safe and comfortable. 


  • Alex Mericle

    Alex Mericle is the Chief Editor at General Contractors Magazine with five years of experience in the construction space. Alex has always had a strong interest in residential and commercial construction and architecture, and he has built up technical experience with building permit data, subcontractor operations, and materials procurement over the years. On top of his experience at General Contractors Magazine, he has prior experience at BuildZoom. His analytical skillset, honed through a degree in Business Analytics from Creighton University and from his work experience, allows him to transform complex construction data into actionable insights and useful, captivating content. Expertise: Residential and Commercial Construction, Building Permit Data, Home Design and Build, Architecture, Subcontractor Operations, Material Procurement Key Highlights: Over 5 years of experience writing and editing in the construction space, Chief Editor at General Contractors Magazine, Previous experience at BuildZoom Education: Creighton University, Degree in Business Analytics