Enhancing the built environment.

Creating form and space.

We work in service to our clients and strive to enhance the built environment within this context. We tailor our services accordingly, providing a full range of options from initial programming and preliminary design through construction and administration.

GEA's History

1972

Jim Gooden founds the firm Jim Gooden Associates Architects.

1986

Mike Ellis becomes a partner, having been mentored by Jim during his collegiate career.

1997

Joe Dowdle becomes a partner with Jim’s retirement. The firm transitions to GEA Architects.

2017

April Dowdle joins the firm officially as a partner, after working in the Indianapolis market for 14 years.

Our Team

Joe Dowdle

Architect

Bachelor of Science, Georgia Institute of Technology, 1983
Master of Architecture, Yale University, 1987

Joe Dowdle is the managing principal with extensive experience in multiple types of building projects. He is familiar with a range of materials, methods and systems, from wood frame construction to masonry and steel commercial and institutional structures. His demonstrated ability to reconcile complicated programmatic requirements with unique features and attributes has produced buildings that are distinctive, functional, and through the use of sustainable and energy efficiency strategies, well suited to their environment.

Joe is experienced in a range of architectural styles, building components, structural and mechanical systems, and site conditions. His work has ranged from the extreme budget constraints of HUD funded housing, to developer driven commercial work, institutional and higher education projects.

April Dowdle

Architect, Interior Designer, LEED AP

Bachelor of Science, Ball State University, 1998
Bachelor of Architecture, Ball State University, 1998

April specializes in adaptive reuse and mixed-use urban development projects.  Before joining GEA Architects, April acquired nearly twenty years of experience working in London, UK, Columbus, Ohio, and Indianapolis IN on projects such as the JW Marriott in Indianapolis, IN and the Canary Wharf development in London, UK.

April is a registered Architect, registered interior designer and LEED AP.  Throughout her career, she has successfully achieved LEED Gold and Silver certification for multiple projects.   

Andrew Ellis

Designer, Illustrator

Bachelor of Fine Arts, Indiana University, 2000

As a designer, Andy has accrued valuable experience in a wide range of project types including single family residences, multi-family housing, churches, commercial, corporate facilities and site planning.  Andrew excels at the production of preconstruction renderings and 3D models for use in design development.  In addition to his work at GEA, Andrew serves as the President of the Delaware-Muncie Metropolitan Planning Commission. 

Jim Gooden

Architect, Retired

Jim Gooden was a member of the first graduating class in 1971 from the College of Architecture and Planning at Ball State University.  He founded the firm as Gooden Associates the following year.  Jim’s contribution to Muncie’s architectural heritage can be seen in many local landmark buildings, including the building which is home to the Ball Brothers and George and Frances Ball Foundations and the Horizon Convention Center.  He retired in 1996 but remains involved in multiple, informal ways.  Jim is active in the community and volunteers his time as a member of several local, not-for-profit, boards.