Rolf K. Haarstad, AIA, is an award winning designer whose body of work in architecture, strategic planning and alternative delivery approaches has had tremendous impact on both clients and the profession. As a Principal and Associate Vice President in the Washington, DC office of HGA Architects and Engineers, he helps lead the regional development of the healthcare design sector as well as contributing to the firm’s strong federal and institutional markets.
For almost 20 years, Rolf worked with Hord Coplan Macht, a respected Baltimore firm. During his tenure the firm grew over 300% in staff and revenue due to the efforts of the entire firm’s leadership. Over those years, he rose to the level of Principal and served on the firm’s strategic executive committee. With a specialty in healthcare projects, he led several projects, including the largest project in the firm’s 35 year history—the 275 bed, $260m new hospital for Western Maryland Health System. His design and client-management skills and have contributed to several successful projects in the Mid-Atlantic region, while his leadership and strategic planning skills led his current appointment to the Western Maryland Health System Board of Directors and his selection to the Leadership Maryland Class of 2012.
Rolf’s projects have been honored by AIA Maryland, Baltimore Chapter/AIA, ASLA Maryland and AIA Minnesota and have been featured in numerous publications, including: Architectural Record, Healthcare Design and Architecture Minnesota. In 2009 he served as a juror for the AIA National Healthcare Awards and his R&D efforts with mobile/modular healthcare delivery garnered his team a “2010 Innovator of the Year Award” from Maryland Daily Record. In 1995, as a partner in his own 8 person firm in Minneapolis, he was awarded the prestigious Young Architects Citation by the AIA Minnesota for “demonstrating leadership and promise to the profession and community.”