Project Manager Alain Eid Brings His Energy and Success to AUB
It is seldom that a fresh architecture graduate can rise so quickly to
become a "project manager" after only four years of experience.
This is the case of Alain Eid, who proudly spoke of sailing smoothly through
his professional challenges and about how he quickly moved to the coveted
position he now occupies as the project manager at AUB's Facilities Planning
and Design Unit (FPDU).
Eid, who earned his BA in architecture from AUB in 1995, worked in several
local design offices and construction firms for a period of eight years,
first as project and freelance architect and then as a design project
manager. The distinction between the two positions, Eid explains, is that
project architects are usually fresh architecture graduates who are only
given technical responsibilities, while project managers perform managerial
duties, including the supervision of different kinds of operations carried
out by architects, as well as by electrical, mechanical, and environmental
In 2003 Eid, who completed a master's degree in engineering management
at AUB and also reached the position as project manager of FPDU, returned
to his alma mater as both a graduate student and a university employee.
He admits that the significant professional expertise he initially gained
was crucial in his recruitment to his current position, adding that his
graduate degree provided him with the academic anchorage he felt he needed
for the professional practices he has been applying in the workplace.
Currently, Eid is mainly responsible for the implementation of AUB's Master
Plan projects, including the Irani Oxy Engineering Complex and the Issam
Fares Institute for Public Policy and International Affairs. In sum, he
has been working for twelve years on various types of projects that have
been mostly large in scale and scope and of high technical complexity.
Eid, who has now spent ten years in team leadership on university-type
projects, with an overall of eight years as project manager, records no
"negative moments" in his career. This is not to say that this
energetic young man has been spared the "downs" of a position
as demanding as his. Rather, Eid says it is the redemptive mixture of
optimism, hard work, positive learning experiences, and challenges that
has enabled him not only to overcome efficiently difficulties but also,
not surprisingly, to enjoy "every minute of it."
Perhaps the potentially most stalling obstacle in Eid's work has been
the prolonged volatile security and political situation in Lebanon. And
yet even here, Eid's efficiency is evident in his management of FPDU's
operations, which have been carried out with as few time delays as possible.
Consequently, one of his most memorable moments was the inauguration of
the Consolidated Contracting Company's Scientific Research Building, which
was constructed under time constraints exacerbated by the July 2006 war
on Lebanon, "without delaying the academic operations of the concerned
Given his experience in the field, supplemented with project management
education courses, Eid has become eligible for the Project Management
Institute certification that he expects to receive at the end of the year.
The happy father of two children, Eid enjoys spending quality time with
his family. He relaxes by listening to music, writing, and fishing. Eid
also loves ball games and enjoys playing basketball and football, as well
as trying his occasional hand at the pool table.