March 29, 2016 / Events

A Life Dedicated to Entrepreneurship and Leadership: Al Rubeling, FAIA

April 21 @ 5:30 pm7:30 pm

Location: Engineer’s Club, 11 W. Mount Vernon Place


Presented by the AIABaltimore Practice Management Committee

1.5 AIA CES LUs available
Reception:  5:30-6pm
Program: 6-7:30pm
Presentation by Al Rubeling, Jr. FAIA
Al Rubeling, Jr. FAIA will address the role of architects as entrepreneurs and leaders in this presentation geared toward emerging professionals and practitioners in small firms.
Al was recently awarded the Distinguished Kea Professorship at the University of Maryland by President Wallace Loh, recognizing his lifetime achievements in leadership and his message in community, education, non-profits, associations, and the architecture profession.
Former Chancellor of the American Institute of Architects, author of two books on starting a firm, and Adjunct Professor of Entrepreneurship at the University of Maryland for the last eight years, Al possesses a shrewd perspective on navigating a career in architecture. The founder of a 28 person regional firm, he has recently merged his firm and is on the board of directors as architecture practice leader for a national 1,400 person firm with 28 offices in 14 states.
Under Al’s Leadership, the College of Fellows sponsored the National AIA’s Leadership Institute’s “Living Your Life as a Leader” nationally live streamed / all-day seminar in six American cities with over 600 participating architect leaders. Al welcomed the National Plenary Session to the event.
The Kea Professorship is the culmination of his inspirational, motivational perspective that he has addressed to dozens of AIA Components, Schools of Architecture and AIA National Conventions since 1991.
Al is the former president of AIABaltimore (1988) / AIA Maryland (1989) /AIA National Board (1994) / Chair of the AIA Trust (2009) and Chancellor of the AIA College of Fellows (2015).
Presentation Topics

  • What is a leader?
  • The value of storytelling.
  • The Talent Pyramid in Life.
  • The Practice of Architecture Conundrum.
  • Association Leadership.

From Living Your Life as a Leader (The American Institute of Architects, 2015, 2nd Edition):
“The need for talented, creative involvement to address complex issues and challenging situations perfectly suits the skill set possessed by architects. In a socially diverse environment, having participation by a group accustomed to sorting out solutions from various interests is essential to achieve the desired result. In the end, all of the problems and challenges we face can best be addressed through a design process, something we know well. Therefore, who better that architects are positioned and prepared to lead the process to guide solutions that are beneficial to all concerned?”

Thank you to our generous Sponsors

Bunting Door & Hardware Co., Inc.
Forbes Design Center
Sika Sarnafil
Image: “Alexander the Great Founding Alexandria” (1736-1737) by Placido Costanzi (Italian, 1702-1759). Courtesy The Walters Art Museum.