2021 Connect Association 15 Over 50: Christopher Kirbabas

Christopher Kirbabas, 50, is the Director of Programs for the Society of Architectural Historians. He's based in Chicago.

Christopher Kirbabas 15 over 50 Connect

Christopher Kirbabas, 50
Director of Programs, Society of Architectural Historians, Chicago

What I do: 
I’m a convener and facilitator. I work with an incredible staff and group of volunteers to bring together individuals from all over the world to discuss the history of the built environment. Through the programs I oversee, including our annual conference, fellowships, awards and study programs, I am excited to help foster conversations surrounding the past, present and future of architecture in all forms.

How I got here: 
I have been incredibly fortunate in my career to be surrounded by people who believe in me, push me and inspire me. With a lot of hard work on my part and a lot of faith on their part I have grown in this industry to a point where I hope I am contributing member of a team to help advocate for conversation.

My greatest career accomplishment:
The incredible network of professionals I have been privileged to know  

Impressive stats: 
With only one exception, I am proud every meeting I have ever managed has been under budget in expenses and exceeded revenue. I hope I continue to provide the best meeting experience and value for our members, volunteers and staff.

What I am excited to be working on right now:
Finding the balance between pushing myself to be more technically proficient in a virtual world while still providing a meaningful experience.

Public figure I admire most: 
Pete Buttigieg

What I do outside of work: 
Spending time with my husband, cooking and enjoying time with friends.

Favorite vacation destination:
New York City

Your favorite inspirational quote: 
“I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.” –Thomas E. Edison