Jurors for the Monument Circle Idea Competition include national urban planning and revitalization experts and local arts, design and community development representatives.

Maxwell Anderson Maxwell Anderson, in his role as The Melvin & Bren Simon director and CEO of the Indianapolis Museum of Art (IMA), recently introduced 100 Acres: The Virginia B. Fairbanks Art and Nature Park, as well as an increased focus on the design arts. Under Anderson’s guidance, the IMA has added more than $30 million to its endowment through gifts and pledges, along with more than 125 significant gifts of art to the permanent collection since 2006. Max earned degrees from Dartmouth and Harvard universities, worked at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and taught at both Princeton University and the Universita di Roma. He was decorated as a Knight Commander in the Order of Merit of the Italian Republic.
Carol Coletta Carol Coletta specializes in developing cities and creative communities in her role as president and CEO of CEOs for Cities, a role she’s held since 2005. Previously, she served as executive director of the Mayors’ Institute on City Design, a partnership of the National Endowment for the Arts, U.S. Conference of Mayors and American Architectural Foundation, president of Coletta & Company and host and producer of Smart City, a nationally syndicated public radio show. Ms. Coletta has been recognized as a Knight Fellow in Community Building by University of Miami School of Architecture; one of the world’s 50 most important urban experts by a leading European think tank and one of the top 50 urban thinkers by She was named an Honorary Senior Fellow by Design Futures Council in 2010. Carol is a highly sought after speaker for her expertise and “success formula” for developing cities and creative communities, and is frequently interviewed as an expert on urban issues by national media.
Margaret M. McCauley Margaret M. McCauley is a Downtown retail expert and chairs the American Institute of Architect’s Retail and Entertainment Knowledge Community Advisory Group. A board member of International Downtown Association and a member of the International Council of Shopping Centers, Ms. McCauley was part of a team of experts tapped to develop the Urban Land Institute’s Ten Principles for Rebuilding Neighborhood Retail. She is the Founder and Principal of Downtown Works, a retail consulting firm that creates and implements sustainable retail strategies that turn underperforming urban zones into vibrant, vital Downtowns. She has been at the forefront of the metropolitan retail industry since her days working with real estate visionary and legendary retail developer Jim Rouse. She is frequently invited to share her knowledge at universities, professional conferences and with public and private development corporations.
Brian Payne Brian Payne is the visionary and founder of the Indianapolis Cultural Trail, A Legacy of Gene and Marilyn Glick. The trail is an eight-mile enhanced running and walking path that, once completed in 2012, will connect six Cultural Districts and many of Downtown’s key cultural and civic destinations, including Monument Circle. Mr. Payne is in his 10th year of service as president of Central Indiana Community Foundation and Indianapolis Foundation, and serves on several national and local boards. Recent honors include the prestigious Michael A. Carroll Community Leadership award for his efforts in making the Indianapolis Cultural Trail a reality. Brian had a successful career in theatrical production in California before moving to Indianapolis in 1993 to become the managing director of the Indiana Repertory Theatre. He received both his masters of fine arts degree and bachelor of arts from UCLA. He co-chairs the Monument Circle Idea Competition.
Nikki Sutton Nikki Sutton, Indianapolis native, brings a fresh eye, energy and style to the design and fashion industries, and has a particular flair for doing more with less. An advocate of design awareness and appreciation, Ms. Sutton serves on the board of The Design Arts Society at the Indianapolis Museum of Art and as one of the founders and committee chairs for the newly formed Indianapolis Fashion Collective. In 2008, she launched “Nikki Sutton Style,” specializing in photography and wardrobe styling for commercial photographers. Nikki has juried competitions for The American Institute of Architects, Cincinnati Magazine, Indiana University and Keep Indianapolis Beautiful. She is the owner of LEVEL, an interior design studio that specializes in contemporary interiors for both residential and commercial environments.
Guillermo Vásquez de Velasco Guillermo Vasquez de Velasco, PhD is the Dean of Ball State University’s College of Architecture and Planning, home to several nationally-recognized programs. He is an advocate for design, globalization, multidisciplinary integration and perpetual learning. Before joining Ball State in 2007, Dr. Vásquez de Velasco served as a professor of architecture, executive associate dean and associate dean for international programs at Texas A&M; University. Prior to tenure at Texas A&M;, he held academic positions and earned his bachelor, master and doctorate degrees in The Netherlands, Canada and Peru. Guillermo is founder and coordinator of The Las Americas Research Network, which promotes multilateral activities between more than 30 schools of architecture geographically distributed across the American continents. His distinguished career as an educator and developer of international programs has been recognized by numerous awards.