Writer of Per-SPEC-tives Column Dead at 78

Ralph W. Liebing, Cincinnati architect, died February 9, 2014, at age 78. He was a 1959 graduate of the University of Cincinnati School of Architecture. Following service as a NIKE Missile Control Officer, with the Army Air Defense Command, Liebing practiced in Cincinnati with Pepinsky. Grau, Schrand and Shorr, Pistler-Brown, and Glaser, Myers & Associates. Thereafter, he served some 14 years as Building Commissioner for Hamilton County. After his government service, he practiced with firms in Lexington, and Bowling Green, KY, overseeing several large projects on the campus of Western Kentucky University.

Later he practiced in Cincinnati with PACE Engineering (Fluor Daniel), Lockwood Greene, Jacobs Engineering Group, where he was a Senior Resource Architect, responsible for training, specification writing and codes and regulations. At his death he was a Senior Architect-Specifications, and training instructor for Hixson, Archtitects / Engineers / Interiors.

In addition to practicing, Liebing was an adjunct faculty member at the U.C. School of Architecture for 11 years, the College of Applied Science for 22 years, and also taught full-time, for a time, at the ITT Technical Institute in Dayton. In addition he taught in the carpenters' union apprentice program, several community education programs, and short courses at other colleges.

He was the author of eleven textbooks on architectural drawings, contract administration, and the construction industry overall. One book remained in the catalog of John Wiley and Sons, publishers, for over 30 years. He also published several articles in professional magazines and monographs for various technical organizations. Also, he was a web site columnist for the Construction Specifications Institute, and wrote a number of papers and articles for CSI newsletters and other professional outlets.

Liebing leaves his wife, Arlene, a daughter, Alissa Welling (Bob), a granddaughter, Mya and a son, Allen.