Two HGA Leaders Elevated to AIA College of Fellows


Kurt Spiering, FAIA, and William Blanski, FAIA, of HGA Architects and Engineers have been elected to The College of Fellows of The American Institute of Architects (AIA).

Kurt Spiering, FAIA, is Vice President and national Healthcare Market Sector Leader in the Milwaukee office, where he directs an integrated approach to healthcare planning focused on Lean strategies, Evidence-Based Design, and the Patient Experience. His national work includes Northeast Georgia Medical Center Braselton; Owensboro Health Regional Hospital in Owensboro, KY; Virtua Voorhees Hospital in Voorhees, NJ; and ThedaCare Regional Cancer Center in Appleton, WI.

“Spiering’s pioneering efforts and continued commitment to capturing, advancing and sharing knowledge has significantly influenced the planning and design of Healthcare facilities worldwide,” said Raymond D. Greco, FAIA, Past North Central Regional Representative, AIA College of Fellows, who sponsored Spiering’s nomination.

Bill Blanski, FAIA, is a Vice President and Design Principal in the Minneapolis office, where he has led design for a variety of building types, from corporate headquarters to performing arts centers and research institutes across the country. His notable work includes Medtronic World Headquarters in Fridley, MN; Minnesota Public Radio & American Public Media Broadcast Center in Saint Paul, MN; the University of California-Davis M.I.N.D. Institute; and several FBI Regional Field Offices nationally.

"Blanski has designed widely recognized corporate architecture for some of the nation’s most successful and technically advanced companies,” said Edward J. Kodak, FAIA, Kodak Architectural Group, who nominated Blanski. “His work is seen as a national reference for the practice of architecture.”

The AIA College of Fellows recognizes architects who have achieved a standard of excellence in the architectural profession. The AIA Fellows will be honored at an investiture ceremony at the AIA Conference on Architecture April 28, 2017 in Orlando.