Ronald L. Skaggs

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As chairman emeritus of HKS, Ronald L. Skaggs ‘65 (ARCH) previously led the overall activities of the company with an early emphasis on its healthcare design practice. Skaggs earned both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in architecture from Texas A&M University. He has been honored as a distinguished alumnus of Texas A&M University and as an Outstanding Alumnus of the College of Architecture. He has been actively engaged in the design of over 750 architectural projects, primarily in the health facilities sector. Skaggs is a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects and served as AIA president in 2000 and Chancellor of the AIA College of Fellows in 2013. He is also a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Architects; a Fellow of the Health Facility Institute; and past president of both the Forum for Health Care Planning and the Academy of Architecture for Health. Additionally, he was a Regent and Treasurer of the American Architectural Foundation and previously served as a member of the National Architectural Accrediting Board. He is a recipient of the American Institute of Architects Kemper Award and Medal for Outstanding Service to the Institute, the Tau Sigma Delta Silver Medal, the Texas Society of Architects Medal for Lifetime Achievement Award in honor of Llewelyn W. Pitts, The American College of Healthcare Architects Lifetime Achievement Award and Medal, similar Lifetime Achievement Awards from AIA Dallas, HKS Inc., and the Symposium for Health Design, as well as the Jimmy Williams Distinguished Service Award from the Dallas A&M Club. He is also a member of the Texas A&M University Corps of Cadets Hall of Honor. He was elected as a member of the National Academy of Construction and has previously served as a chairman of the board of the National Institute of Building Sciences and as a member of the board of the Construction Industry Round Table. A longtime supporter of the A&M College of Architecture, he has created the Ronald L. Skaggs Endowed Professorship in Health Facilities Design, and joined colleague Joseph Sprague in establishing an endowed chair in health facilities design. He has endowed the Edward J. Romieniec, FAIA Scholarship, the Sondra and Ronald L. Skaggs’ 65 Endowed Scholarship for International Studies in Architecture, the Sondra and Ronald L. Skaggs ‘65 General Rudder Scholarship, and the Sondra and Ronald L.Skaggs ‘65 Sul Ross Scholarship. Skaggs is also a member of the College of Architecture’s Development Advisory Council. At the university level he is a member of the President’s Council of Advisors, was previously on the board of the Association of Former Students, and is a former Chairman of the President’s Board of Visitors for the Corps of Cadets.
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