Joseph G. Sporko, RLA, ASLA

Founder, Strategic Advisor


Joseph G. Sporko, Founder, Strategic Advisor for Government Services at The LA Group.

“I love the wilderness, the quiet, and serene, sometimes harsh, beauty of the Adirondacks. The projects we’ve done there express what it means to be a landscape architect: designing places for people that exemplify understanding and respect for the environment.“

— JOSEPH G. SPORKO

Professional Experience

As a founder of the LA Group, Joseph Sporko has over 43 years of experience in all phases of site analysis, master planning and design. He has overseen the firm’s federal practice since its inception and has been involved in most of the firm’s large-scale master planning projects from conceptual stage through implementation of design and construction administration. Mr. Sporko has guided all aspects of design for most of the firm’s large-scale federal projects, including national cemeteries, national parks, medical centers, and other federal projects. Several of the projects he had led have been winners of design awards. He has written articles on federal design and served as guest lecturer at several colleges. Mr. Sporko has been recognized as the 2017 Distinguished Senior Practitioner of the Year Award, Private Practice, from the NY Upstate Chapter of ASLA.

Favorite Place

The place I visit most is the Adirondacks. I love the wilderness, the quiet, and serene, sometimes harsh beauty. I have spent a lot of time there over the years whether hiking, skiing, kayaking, biking, swimming, or just relaxing. Several years ago, I built a get-away home near Whiteface Mountain which my family and I use to relax and enjoy nature. Our firm has done many projects there which allow us to express what it means to be a landscape architect: designing places for people that exemplify an understanding and respect for the environment whether it be a trail, nature center, or resort.

Qualifications

Education, Registrations, and Certifications

  • BSLA – Pennsylvania State University
  • Resort Design – Harvard Grad. School of Design Prof. Program
  • Strategic Planning – Harvard Grad. School of Design Prof. Program
  • Registered Landscape Architect: New York, Virginia, Massachusetts, Kentucky, Texas, Maryland
  • American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA)
  • Society of American Military Engineers (SAME)

Community & Professional Leadership

  • 2017 Distinguished Senior Practitioner of the Year Award – NY Upstate Chapter of ASLA
  • Commissioner – Town of Wilton Recreation Commission
  • Board Member – American Red Cross, Saratoga Adirondack region
  • Past President – Saratoga Springs Lions Club
  • Vice President- Saratoga Springs Lions Foundation
  • Team in Training – Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, NY/VT Chapter
  • Member – Saratoga County Chamber of Commerce
  • Member – Saratoga Economic Development Corporation
  • Lecturer: ASLA-PA/Delaware Chapter; SUNY ESF; Sage College
  • Writer/Contributor: Landscape Architecture Magazine; Federal Construction Magazine; The Zweig Letter; Albany Business Review

“These are truly good people. The best of the best when it comes to designing veteran’s cemeteries. It was considered normal for them to drive five hours just to answer our questions and their patience and service were exemplary.”

— Angelo Romeo, Director of Gloucester County Veterans Affairs