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Lambda Alpha International's members represent a diverse group of professional disciplines in fields related to the ownership and use of land and buildings. We invite new members interested in contributing their expertise and experience to our ongoing discourse and activities.

The criteria for membership specify that nominees: have achieved professional distinction, with a minimum of ten years of work experience, and made an outstanding contribution to the lives in the community through public service.

Membership is by invitation only, but we welcome the interest of men and women experienced in the land professions. The Chicago Region Chapter of Lambda Alpha International continually invites nominations for new members and will annually initiate a class of highly accomplished leaders representing the diverse professional disciplines related to land economics. Examples of distinguished contributions include:

  • Service on a not-for-profit organization or society board of directors (minimum six months of service by the nomination deadline).
  • Leadership role in a related industry organization.
  • Continued service in a volunteer-based organization multiple times over a 12-month span.
  • Community service that does not involve multiple appearances in a specific board, society, or organization over a specified time span.

We seek members who will be active in the organization and willing to contribute to our professional community. We continue to work towards a chapter membership that reflects racial, ethnic, and gender diversity.

The Chicago Region Chapter of Lambda Alpha International is dues-based, and there is an expectation of annual dues renewal to be a member in good standing. Email invoicing for the following year is facilitated each November by International.

The current rates are $375 per year: $175 to International, $150 to LAI Chicago Region Chapter, and a $50 LEF Voluntary Contribution.

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  • Password: [whatever password you select]
  • Use the top blue button PROFILE to review the particulars and make any updates.
  • Underneath MY MEMBERSHIP heading, click the blue RENEW button
  • This will take you through the payment process to make a credit card payment for LAI and Chicago Region Chapter dues
  • Be sure to complete the payment process all the way through, it’s a multi-page process that ends in a confirmation page.


  • 10 or more years of experience in your field
  • Distinguished professional and academic experiences
  • Outstanding contributions to the field of land economics, including but not limited to, development, redevelopment, preservation, or enhanced utilization of the world’s land resources.
  • A demonstrated commitment to public service and high standards of professional ethics
  • Guest attendance at least two (2) events before nomination. Attendance does not need to be in the same year or in the year in which the candidate is applying.


  • Networking opportunities at the local, state, national, and international level.
  • The ability to take part in developing the standards and best practices of their profession. Our meetings provide a forum for the discussion and debate of land economics principles, concepts, and projects.
  • Access to a wide spectrum of public and private-sector land-use professionals.
  • Members-only educational programs and discussions, private tours, social mixers, and more.
  • Access to the annual international Land Economics Gathering with backstage VIP access to the workings of the host city.


  • Two (2) sponsors who will submit the nomination.
  • A cover letter, signed by the sponsor and cosponsor, highlighting the nominee’s qualifications and reasons for consideration.
  • Citation For Membership Certificate. Complete this statement in less than 20 words for the nominee’s citation. This citation will appear on the membership certificate should the nominee be admitted to the Chapter.
  • Nominee/candidate submissions, including a completed nomination form, résumé, headshot, and a signed copy of the LAI Ely Member Code of Conduct.
  • Nominations are open/closed and are due Month Day, Year at Time.

Members currently represent, but are not limited to, the following professional disciplines:

  • Accounting
  • Administrative Zoning
  • Architecture
  • Asset Management
  • Environmental
  • Government (City/County/State)
  • Historical Preservation
  • Journalism
  • Land Engineering
  • Land Use Planning
  • Landscape Architecture
  • Market Research
  • Non-Profit/Assoc.
  • Property Tax Assessment
  • Public Works
  • Real Estate Appraisal
  • Real Estate Construction
  • Real Estate Consulting
  • Real Estate Development
  • Real Estate Finance
  • Real Estate Management
  • Real Estate Marketing
  • Real Property Law
  • Research/Teaching
  • Title Insurance
  • Traffic & Transportation
  • Transportation Planning
  • Urban Development/Redevelopment

Should you be interested in membership and meet the minimum criteria, you are welcome to contact a member and express your interest in the Society, or contact us at


Sponsors and cosponsors must be members in good financial standing (including current dues paid) with the Chicago Region Chapter and Lambda Alpha International and have a signed Member Code of Conduct on file with the chapter administrator. Additional requirements and considerations include:

  • A member may sponsor only one candidate per year and cosponsor only one other candidate per year.
  • Sponsor, cosponsor, and nominee must each be employed by separate firms or organizations.
  • ·ponsors are expected to ensure their nominees are interested in membership and active participation in the Chapter.
  • Sponsors and cosponsors are expected to accompany their nominees to the New Member Initiation Banquet, which will take place on Wednesday, October 9.

We strongly encourage sponsors to accompany new members to programs and other events throughout the year to help them become comfortable and familiar with the organization and its membership.




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