Our Chapter’s History

In 1992, the Baltimore Chapter was formed with Morton Hoffman of Morton Hoffman & Associates serving as its founding President. Our members from business, academia and government represent a wide range of professions dealing with some aspect of land economics. The diversity of this membership provides an unusual reservoir of talent, knowledge and expertise to draw upon for educational programs and discussions. This reservoir in turn attracts others with talent, knowledge, and expertise to the educational activities of LAI at both the international and Chapter level.

We host program luncheons with a speaker addressing a timely topic, and engaging discussion. Baltimore LAI List of Speakers 2013-2020 The discussions are just as informative and stimulating as the presentations, given that the unique audience of highly knowledgeable “land economics” experts with diverse interests and perspectives. The luncheon meetings provide continuing opportunities for chapter members to stay abreast and develop and nurture personal friendships and business relationships with other members and invited guests.

Our membership provides tremendous value for many reasons and one remarkable benefit that is our Chapter members receive 8 complimentary lunches as part of their paid annual dues. Chapter members may invite guests and there is a modest lunch meeting guest fee. Please feel free to introduce your colleagues to LAI by inviting them to join us for these valuable educational and networking events.

Membership in the Baltimore Chapter, as with all Lambda Alpha International Chapters, is by invitation only. Current members in good standing nominate individuals who have extensive experience (at least 10 years) in the fields of land economics, architecture, engineering, real estate, planning, government, academia, real estate, land use and zoning law, etc.

And from time to time we host a symposium on topics of interest, for example: transportation for the region; technology, smart growth and the future form of Baltimore; and regional housing.

Interested in Learning More?

Our membership in this Society continues the legacy of Richard T. Ely that began 90 years ago. If interested in learning more about our membership, or would like to nominate a candidate, queries may be directed to:

David Benn, AIA, LEED AP, Vice President of Membership
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The Chapter maintains an opt-in-only email list to announce future meetings and other upcoming events. If you would like to receive the e-Alerts, please contact:

Geoffrey W. Washington, Esq., Secretary
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We welcome your suggestions for speakers and presentation topics.  Please forward to:

Nathan Betnun, Vice President of Programs
[email protected]