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Lance K. JosalLance K. Josal
BA ’77, architectural design
BArch ’78, architecture
Alumni Achievement Award

During his nearly 40-year career in architecture, Josal has advanced to become one of the global leaders of his profession. He is president and CEO of CallisonRTKL, a worldwide architecture and engineering firm of more than 2,000 professionals. It is the third largest architecture and engineering firm in the U.S., based on revenue, and is considered one of the most influential architecture firms in the world.

Through his management skills and design expertise, Josal has built an international reputation for excellence and dedication to the industry. Considered an expert in mixed-use urban developments, he has led a variety of innovative, award-winning projects.

In 2009, he was named president and CEO of RTKL Associates Inc. After the acquisition of Callison in 2015, he became president and CEO of the merged CallisonRTKL.

Loyal to NDSU, he is a founding member of the NDSU Architecture
 Advisory Board, a member of the President’s Bronze Medallion Society and an active contributor to the NDSU Foundation and Alumni Association. His professional and community service includes the Advanced Building Institute, Rice University, Dallas Improvement District and Downtown Dallas Inc. board of directors. He has served as an advisory board member at the University of Texas Arlington School of Architecture and adjunct professor of architectural studies at the University of North Texas.

Dan Noble, BA ’81, architectural studies, BArch ’82, architecture, president and CEO of HKS in Dallas, describes Josal as “an innovator, mentor, leader, communicator and incredible talent.”

John Klai, BA ’77, architectural studies, BArch ’78, architecture, president and founding principal of Klai Juba Wald of Las Vegas, wrote that Josal “is a model for meaningful alumni engagement for NDSU. His continued involvement and philanthropy as an alum and his incredible accomplishments as a professional make him highly deserving of the 2017 NDSU Alumni Achievement Award.”

In 2009, Josal was named a fellow of the American Institute of Architects, the highest honor presented by the organization for exceptional work and contributions to architecture and society. Recently, he was named one of the 500 most powerful business leaders in Dallas-Fort Worth by D Magazine.

He and his wife, Karen, have two daughters, Lindsay and Allison. He is the son of Lansford and Arlene Josal.

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