The next BIM Breakfast to be held on January 20 will see a new person taking the chair – Alex Albani, associate professor of architecture at the American University in Dubai (AUD).
Albani is an architect and an academic with 20 years of combined international experience who began his career teaching computer applications in architecture at the University of California at Berkeley in 1994 where he earned both his M.Arch and M.A. in Design.
He continued on after graduation as a CAD/BIM specialist and a store designer for multinational corporations, which included Gap Inc., Louis Vuitton, and Mexx. He began teaching CAD part time at the university in Dubai in 2007 while on a BIM consulting assignment for Dubai Festival City and joined full time in 2008 with the purpose of introducing BIM into academia.
Albani gained CAD/BIM experience working on projects that ranged from creating and driving design and construction standards and policies to phasing upgrades and managing technology focused transitions across Europe, Japan, and the Middle East.
His CAD portfolio includes Gap stores designed and built in the UK, France, Germany, and Japan between 1999 and 2004. His Middle East design/build portfolio includes Mexx flagships designed and built in Dubai, Beirut, Riyadh and Casablanca between 2005 and 2007.
Albani’s contributions in academia include the ICD (Integrated Computational Design) concentration in interior design and the introduction of BIM as a core subject in architecture at AUD.
He developed six new courses and was also responsible for AUD’s MoU with Autodesk and for setting up AUD as the only academic Autodesk Authorized Certification Center in the Middle East.
The university said: “He actively promotes BIM professional certification and BIM as the new form of practice to his students and to the regional AEC industry through AUD’s Design Centre as well as the Emirates BIM user group. He is a frequent speaker and contributor at local BIM related events and an evaluator at Autodesk Instructor Certification workshops.
Albani is an associate member of the American Institute of Architects, a BIM Revit Architecture Certified Professional, and an Autodesk Certified Instructor. He was the recipient of the 2011-2012 President’s Award for Teaching Excellence as well as the 2011-2012 Provost’s Award for Innovative Teaching.