Alexandria, Va. (November 4, 2014) - Michael Baker International’s Gretchen Pfaehler, Director of Historic Preservation, has been inducted as a member of the George Washington Chapter of Lambda Alpha International (LAI) Class of 2015. Ms. Pfaehler’s induction showcases the Company’s range of capabilities and reaffirms her commitment and the Company’s dedication to making a difference through support of organizations that preserve or better utilize the world’s resources.
The George Washington LAI is comprised of by-invitation-only professionals in the Washington metropolitan region who have been recognized for their achievements in a land economics field over a period of not less than ten years and for their demonstrated commitment to community service outside of their professional endeavors. LAI has chapters in multiple key cities in the United States, Canada, England, and Madrid with members-at large in various parts of the world.
Ms. Pfaehler’s participation will support LAI’s purposes: to honor men and women in all parts of the world whose achievements have contributed to the advancement of the science of land economics; to encourage the study of land economics and support the highest ideals of scholarship and integrity; to expand the world’s knowledge and understanding of the principles of land economics; to take action on ideas which contribute to the enrichment of our urban and rural environments; and advance a close-working bond and mutual understanding among men and women engaged in all disciplines of land economics.
Pfaehler has over 20 years of experience in the preservation, restoration, and renovation of historic buildings and landscapes across the United States. Widely recognized as an expert in her field, Pfaehler has lectured and published extensively on historic preservation and sustainability within the existing building context. Pfaehler’s work has been recognized with more than 27 national, regional, state and local preservation awards. She is an active member of the American Institute of Architects, American Institute for Conservation of Historic & Artistic Works, National Trust for Historic Preservation, American Association for State and Local History, Wisconsin State Historical Society and the Michigan State Historical Society.
About Michael Baker International, LLC
Michael Baker International is a leading provider of engineering, development, intelligence and technology solutions with global reach and mobility. The diverse capabilities offered through expert teams within the company provide a comprehensive range of innovative services and solutions in support of federal, state, and municipal governments, foreign allied governments, and a wide range of private development and commercial clients. Michael Baker International’s focus is on the safety and security of people across the world through planning and civil engineering improvements to infrastructure and the environment, and through protection of our quality of life and freedom in support of national and international security. With more than $1 billion in annual revenue, Michael Baker International has more than 5,000 employees in over 90 offices located across the U.S. and internationally, and is ranked as the 26th largest design firm in the U.S. by Engineering News Record. www.mbakerintl.com
About Lambda Alpha
In the autumn of 1930, Lambda Alpha was established at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois to help foster the study of land economics. The inspiration for Lambda Alpha was Professor Richard T. Ely (1854-1943), commonly called the “Father of Land Economics.” The membership of Lambda Alpha includes outstanding individuals from many parts of the world who have distinguished themselves in all of the various disciplines and activities that relate to the use and re-use of land. These individuals include not only those who are involved in the ownership, management, regulation and conservation of land, but also those who are involved in its development, redevelopment and preservation. The membership includes architects, engineers, real estate developers, planners, government officials, professors, bankers, attorneys, real estate consultants, and officials of organizations and national and international associations. 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 Lambda Alpha at both the international and Chapter level.