LAI is a global land economics society where top professionals connect. Membership is honorary and selective.

LAI strives to encourage shared knowledge among its members and to encourage them to create, support, and participate in educational and training activities aimed at promulgating sound land economic practices. LAI seeks to foster highly ethical practices and encourage learning and exchange among its members through meetings, discussions, social interaction, and community activities organized at a local Chapter level and through international meetings and events. Baltimore Chapter LAI Presentation 2021

You gain membership through invitation only and must be nominated by active members and vetted by local membership. Local chapters include members from all professions related to land economics: Architects, City Planners, Appraisers, Developers, Lawyers, Bankers, Government Officials, Engineers, Economics, Environmental Scientists, Real Estate Agents, and other land use professionals.

LAI members have:

  • 10 or more years of experience in their fields
  • Distinguished themselves professionally
  • Made an outstanding contribution to the field of land economics
  • Demonstrated a commitment to public service and high standards of professional ethics

Benefits of membership include:

  • 8 local chapter meetings with meaningful dialogue about issues that matter
  • Local chapter Summer Outing and Fall Annual Meeting
  • Annual international Land Economics Gathering with back-stage VIP access to the workings of a city
  • LAI Global Initiatives Committee hosted theme-focused programming
  • Attend virtual programming from any of the 29 chapters
  • KeyNotes, our online newsletter
  • Local, regional and global networking opportunities
  • Access to our online international member database


LAI is an honorary society that provides a forum for the study and advancement of land economics where the winnowing and sifting of ideas takes place in an atmosphere of mutual respect. Our goal is to foster a closer association with academia and professionals involved with land economics and related fields by serving as a catalyst for the advancement of land economics by facilitating the interaction of members who have distinguished themselves in their professions, their communities, and through academic achievement. LAI Brochure

Join Our Legacy:

Our membership in this Society continues beyond 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, Vice President of Membership
[email protected]