About DBIA

Where we’ve been. Where we’re going. And what we stand for.

Educating and Advocating

There's a Better Way to Build

Twenty-five years ago, a handful of the nation’s architectural, engineering and construction (AEC) industry leaders got together because they knew there had to be a better way to bring a project from design to delivery. They didn’t invent the design-build process, but they set about to perfect it and to share it with a wider audience.

Today that novel, even “radical,” idea delivers nearly half of the nation’s construction projects — from airports to art museums, from burger joints to college dorms, from LEED-platinum police stations to billion-dollar tunnels carrying traffic beneath our waterways. Each of those projects and thousands more have provided greater value to Owners by bringing designers and builders to the table on day one.

Staff at the Design-Build Institute of America (DBIA) are committed to demonstrating how the process saves money, saves time and ensures accountability. And whether you’re a designer, a construction pro or a project owner looking to harness industry expertise, you’re welcome to the fold.

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Barbara Jackson

Barbara Jackson, Director, Franklin L. Burns School of Real Estate and Construction Management, Daniels College of Business, University of Denver, CO

"There are often a handful of people in a company who know the status quo isn’t working, but it’s hard to change it on your own. DBIA is a group for those rebels to get together, learn from each other and try to change the industry."

Lisa Washington, CAE, DBIA Executive Director/CEO

“DBIA is unique because we don’t represent just one field or sector; we provide education and training for everyone…architects, engineers, builders, Owners, attorneys…and more. The effective use of design-build requires a new way of thinking about project delivery, and it’s our mission to prepare every member of the team to embrace that change.”

Walker Lee Evey, Pentagon Renovation Program and Former DBIA Executive Director

"When we first went searching for a better way of doing construction, we found the answer at DBIA. We attended the conference presentations, filled our briefcases with literature, and came back to the office loaded with answers. DBIA started us on a new and better way of getting our job done. Many thanks."


So Much More Than An Association

Our 5,000+ members may have joined DBIA for access to the nation’s best design-build education, professional certification, model contracts, industry networking, national conferences and awards competitions which recognize the country’s most inspiring design-build projects. But most of them renew their dues each year because they’ve witnessed the power of collaborating with like-minded people.

A quarter of a century after DBIA’s debut, design-build is upending the status quo. Because whether it’s a government building, a restaurant, an apartment complex or a critical piece of infrastructure, every project has a lot riding on it, far beyond the mere financial implications. DBIA exists to ensure that everyone in our community — from practitioners to Owners to everyday citizens — benefits from the advantages that design-build has to offer, for the next 25 years and beyond.

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Our Mission

DBIA promotes the value of design-build project delivery and teaches the effective integration of design and construction services to ensure success for owners and design and construction practitioners.

DBIA will be the industry’s preeminent resource for leadership, education, objective expertise and best practices for the successful integrated delivery of capital projects.

Our Values

  • Excellence in integrated design-build project delivery, producing high value outcomes.
  • An environment of trust characterized by integrity and honest communication.
  • Mutual respect for and appreciation of diverse perspectives and ideas.
  • A commitment to innovation and creativity to drive quality, value and sustainability.
  • Professionalism, fairness and the highest level of ethical behavior.
  • All Designated DBIA Professionals are expected to adhere to our Code of Conduct.
2019-2021 Strategic Plan

SEE the DBIA Difference

DBIA is excited for the future of our industry and our organization. We’ve got big plans and strategic goals in place for the next three years to build on design-build’s rapid growth nationwide.

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Your membership opens the door to new opportunities in the design-build industry. Seize that chance to become a part of the movement to change the way we deliver America’s projects.

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