HGA Welcomes Richard Smith as Principal in National Health Sciences Market

HGA Architects and Engineers (HGA) is excited to welcome recognized architectural leader Richard Smith as Associate Vice President and Principal. He will direct the firm’s growing services in the Science + Technology markets nationally.

Rich brings significant expertise in innovative science and technology projects for higher education and research clients nationally and internationally. His technical expertise and market knowledge brings significant value to HGA's teams and clients. 

Smith has more than 30 years of design leadership experience with major architecture firms, including most recently Science + Technology Principal at HDR in Chicago, and Principal and Science + Technology and Higher Education Leader at HOK in Chicago.

He has directed the design and planning of such high-profile projects as the William Eckhardt Research Center at the University of Chicago; Abbott Laboratories in Abbott Park, Illinois; Wisconsin Institute of Medical Research at the University of Wisconsin-Madison; the McGuire Translational Research Facility and the Molecular and Cellular Biology Building at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities; Zilkha Neurogenetic Institute at the University of Southern California; Fermilab National Laboratory in Batavia, Illinois; and the Health Sciences Campus at Acibadem University in Istanbul, Turkey.

“HGA has a strong culture for design,” Smith said. “This is an exciting opportunity to work with firm-wide leadership to build on HGA’s growing design expertise in highly specialized science and research facilities for leading academic, health, governmental, and corporate clients.”

He is a frequent speaker and author within the Higher Education and Science + Technology design community, and is a member and leader in many industry and civic organizations, including the Society for College and University Planning (SCUP), International Institute for Sustainable Laboratories® (I2SL), American Institute of Architects Committee on Education, Project Kaleidoscope (PKAL), Association of American Colleges & Universities (AAC&U), and BIO.

Smith has a Bachelor of Architecture from Iowa State University.


Planning Learning Spaces for Allied Health Sciences, by Richard Smith