Bilbeisi was recognized during the chapter’s 2020 AIAOK Virtual Conference for her outstanding educational contributions as an individual, professor, architect and leader. AIA Oklahoma noted her positive influence on students, which has resulted in a positive impact on architecture education and the profession of architecture. Her career has been dedicated to the continued success of her students; she is an invaluable asset to the College of Engineering, Architecture and Technology (CEAT) at OSU.
“I am thankful for a career in which I get to weave together the two things I am most passionate about – the profession of architecture, and teaching” Bilbeisi stated in her acceptance at the conference. She added, “I love to talk about the power of architecture, and about the sincere obligation we have toward the betterment of human life. It is an awesome role and responsibility.”
Bilbeisi has been a faculty member at OSU since 1993 and became Head of the School of Architecture in 2016. She continues to cultivate a passion for design and architecture in her students both inside and outside of the classroom. She is heavily involved in delivering educational outreach and summer programs for high school students, as well as coordinating study abroad trips for current students.
The American Institute of Architects was founded in 1857 by a group of 13 architects and now boasts membership of over 95,000. AIA’s mission is to advocate for the value of architecture and give architects the resources they need to do their best work. They hope to drive positive change through the power of design.
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