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Established in 1993, DBIA — a dynamic community comprising architects, engineers, construction professionals, Owners, academics and students — has been at the forefront of transforming the Architecture, Engineering and Construction (AEC) industry. As a 501(c)(6) non-profit membership organization, DBIA is the established industry leader in design-build, providing Design-Build Done Right® education and professional certification opportunities that advance best practices across the built environment.

Decades ago, DBIA embarked on a mission to redefine project delivery through education, advocacy and collaboration. Today, DBIA is a driving force behind making design-build the fastest-growing project delivery method in the nation. What was once considered alternative is now mainstream, fueling innovation, elevating outcomes and delivering collaboration with results.

As the only organization representing the entire spectrum of design and construction professionals, DBIA brings together diverse perspectives and plays an instrumental role in preparing, educating and supporting the industry in addressing complex issues.

Who are DBIA Members?

Mission, Vision, Values, Purpose


To promote the value of design-build project delivery and teach 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.


  • 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

DBIA is the only organization that defines, teaches and promotes best practices in design-build project delivery.

DBIA is excited for the future of our industry and our organization. View our 2022-2024 Strategic Plan that builds on design-build’s rapid growth and infrastructure investment across the nation.

DBIA 2022-2024 Strategic Plan

Commitment to DEI

At DBIA, our core values have always been about mutual respect for and appreciation of diverse viewpoints and ideas — it’s built into our DNA. That’s why we firmly stand behind the fundamental principles of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) to help drive excellence and innovation in the design and construction industry.

DBIA believes that diversity in all areas, including perspectives, backgrounds and experiences, drive us to better serve society, enrich the design-build process and move us toward a more equitable and inclusive future.

Read more about DBIA's commitment to DEI

Legislative Authority

When DBIA was founded, only two states had authority to use design-build. Today, thanks to a consistent track record of extraordinary project outcomes in every region of the United States and sector of the industry, only two states limit agencies’ use of design-build.

While legislative authority has expanded significantly since DBIA’s inception, it remains important to understand the state/local legislative environment.

Read more about DBIA’s advocacy and legislative efforts