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Joseph G. Sprague

At a Glance

Class Year: 1970

Award Year: 2002

Degree: Bachelor of Architecture

Profession: Architecture


Joseph G. Sprague FAIA, FACHA, FHFI, '70 (ARCH) is Senior Vice President and Director of Health Facilities at HKS, Inc. in Dallas, Texas. He serves as health facilities principal and technical advisor on various healthcare projects. Prior to joining HKS, he was director of design and construction for the American Hospital Association (AHA). His work has been widely published, and he is a frequent consultant, faculty speaker, and lecturer in health facility planning, design, and construction. While at the AHA, Sprague managed the nationally recognized Health Facility Codes and Standards Programs. He is a Fellow in the American Institute of Architects, a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Architects, and a Fellow in the Health Facility Institute. He is past president of the AIA Academy of Architecture for Health and is Chairman Emeritus of the "Guidelines for Design and Construction of Hospitals and Health Care Facilities," a nationally recognized standard. In addition, he is immediate past president of the Facility Guidelines Institute and former president of the American College of Healthcare Architects (ACHA). Joe has been recognized throughout his career for his commitment to healthcare design. In 2008, he was presented The Center for Health Design Changemaker award; acknowledged for his achievements as the Chairman of the Guidelines for Design and Construction of Health Care Facilities; with the FGI Commitment Award; and recognized by Healthcare Design magazine as one of the top 20 people making a difference. He serves as Editorial Board Advisor on several leading national healthcare facility planning, design and construction publications. In 2010 he was presented the Healthcare Facilities Symposium Individual Distinction Award for leadership and vision in enhancing the healing environment and the ACHA Lifetime Achievement Award, the highest award given by the ACHA for a lifetime of contributions to the profession as a leader in the practice of healthcare architecture. Sprague joined HKS Chairman Emeritus Ron Skaggs in establishing an endowed chair in health facilities design at Texas A&M's College of Architecture.