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 ACHA Lifetime Achievement Award

​​​The ACHA Lifetime Achievement Award is the highest honor that the American College of Healthcare Architects can bestow on an architect. It is conferred by the national ACHA Board of Regen​ts in recognition of a significant body of work of lasting influence on the theory and practice of healthcare architecture.

Nominations must be received or postmarked by June 1 of the application year. For more information, please review the ACHA Lifetime Achievement Award Criteria​​.

2018 Lifetime Achievement Award Winner - Phil Tobey, FAIA, FACHA


From day one, it was about healthcare architecture. Phil Tobey always knew he would be an architect and, as early as his college undergraduate years at Rhode Island School of Design, he was focused on the challenging world of healthcare planning and design. His thesis, which was about the exploration, research, and design of academic medical centers, became the foundational experience that launched his entire career. This passion carried through his master’s program at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design and his military service.

Immediately after graduation (during the Vietnam War), Phil received a direct commission as an Air Force officer assigned to Headquarters, Office of the U.S. Air Force Surgeon General as military architect. In that capacity, his worldwide oversight and review responsibilities for medical planning and design included a highly unique one-year assignment to the White House and Executive Branch for medical facilities design and implementation. In 1970, Phil joined an architectural firm in Washington, D.C. that was internationally recognized for its healthcare practice. That firm ultimately became part of SmithGroupJJR, one of the largest and most respected firms in the nation.

In his capacity as Senior Vice President and National Healthcare Practice Leader, Phil has led healthcare planning and design for many of the country’s major academic medical centers, regional healthcare providers, hospital systems, and federal health agencies. Widely recognized and highly regarded as one of the profession’s leaders in healthcare architecture, Phil has addressed issues and trends that affect both the public and private health sectors. His particular expertise with the public sector has been evidenced by his appointments to the U.S. Defense Health Board, two independent review panels for the Secretary of Defense, and a congressionally mandated panel to assess the National Institutes of Health. These have resulted in assessments, evaluations, and recommendations that have significantly impacted the design and delivery of federal healthcare. Many of our nation’s leading private sector institutions, universities, and health systems, such as Johns Hopkins, Cleveland Clinic, Kaiser Permanente, and University of Virginia have been beneficiaries of his counsel and design leadership. Phil is recognized for his influence and impact across the broad spectrum of architecture and planning as a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects and as Fellow and Founding Member of the American College of Healthcare Architects.​


Past Recipients of the ACHA Lifetime Achievement Award

  • 2017 - John Pangrazio, FAIA, FACHA​
  • 2016 - James R. Diaz​​, FAIA, FACHA
  • 2015 - H. Ralph Hawkins, FAIA, FACHA
  • 2014 - Frank S. Zilm, D.Arch., FAIA, FACHA
  • 2013 - E. Todd Wheeler, FAIA, posthumous
  • 2012 - James O. Jonassen, FAIA, FACHA, RAIC
  • 2011 - Morris A. Stein, FAIA, FACHA
  • 2010 - D.Kirk Hamilton, FAIA, FACHA / Joseph G. Sprague, FAIA, FACHA
  • 2009 - Eberhard Zeidler, OC, O.Ont., Dipl.Ing., LL.D., D.Eng., D.Arch., FRAIC, RCA, OAA, MAIBC, OAQ, Hon. FAIA
  • 2008 - Derek Parker, FAIA, FACHA, RIBA
  • 2007 – Ronald L. Skaggs, FAIA, FACHA, FHFI
  • 2006 - Martin H. Cohen, FAIA, FACHA
  • 2005 - Wilbur “Tib” Tusler, FAIA, FACHA
  • 2004 - Armand Burgun FAIA, FACHA
  • 2003 - Rex Allen, FAIA, HonFACHA

Download: ACHA Candidate Handbook/Application (PDF)​

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