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Academics

Preparing the Next Design-Build Generation

Students & Educators

Create long-lasting impact on the future of design-build

DBIA knows how to deliver higher quality outcomes. That’s why we’re working with colleges and universities to teach the next generation how to construct a better tomorrow with Design-Build Done Right®.

Educator Workshop Program

Teaching the Teachers Design-Build Done Right®

Educators can help bridge today with tomorrow by instructing the next generation on the tenets and philosophies of design-build. The Educator Workshop is your place to access the curriculum and training necessary to educate on Design-Build Done Right® to foster the kind of collaboration and innovation that will power future generations’ career and industry transformation.

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Austin Marshall, J.D., Clinical Professor, College of Engineering at the University of Texas

“The Educator Workshop was fantastic. The presenters were great and brought a wealth of experience. I recommend this program to everyone in our field!"

DBIA Student Chapters

Shape your future by joining a DBIA student chapter. We bring students of multiple disciplines together and give them access to industry leaders and the design-build network. Join your student chapter or start one at your school today.

Student Chapters
Student Competition

COVID Cancels 2020 Competition

Even though we had to cancel our 2020 Design-Build Student Competition, DBIA has created new programs for students this year. Our industry is committed to helping future design-builders keep their career on course. From free webinars to a fall career expo, there are many options available to students this year.

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Get Certified

We encourage university educators in architecture, construction and engineering to pursue Design-Build Done Right® training and become a DBIA Designated Design-Build Professional™.

Certification Courses

DBIA instructors are leaders in the industry, with real-world experience in the delivery of successful design-build projects. Take the first step to becoming a Certified Design-Build Professional™ today.

Courses

Exams

DBIA certification exams are offered at more than 300 testing centers nationwide. The 100-question certification exam measures a candidate’s mastery of design-build best practices and application. It covers eight main topics including:

  • Project management
  • Contracts and legal
  • General attributes
  • Project delivery
  • Estimating/specifications
  • Teaming and team organization
  • Procurement
  • Ethics/professionalism
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Certification Requirements

Academia has an alternative way to certification based on demonstrated evidence of research and teaching. Specifically, they must:

  • Provide evidence of active research in design-build project delivery such as peer-reviewed published word on the topic of integrated delivery or supporting skills such as conceptual estimating, etc. Work must have been published within the past 3 years.
  • Provide evidence of active teaching of at least one university-level course where a minimum of 50% syllabus is devoted to project delivery lessons
  • Hold a doctoral degree recognized as the terminal degree for your field by your university
  • Have attained the rank of tenured Associate Professors.

References for academia may include leaders from local or national organizations engaged in advancing integrated project delivery.

For more information, contact DBIA Certification.

DBIA University Program

Delivering Design-Build Curriculum to Universities

DBIA’s higher education curriculum includes practical “how to” courses about design-build. Courses utilize interactive learning strategies to teach topics ranging from an introduction of design-build techniques to advanced application of design-build concepts. All are designed to impart practical learning which can be utilized in the office and on the job.

DBIA’s four “core courses” are the cornerstone of our educational and certification programs and include: Fundamentals of Project Delivery, Principles of Design-Build Project Delivery, Design-Build Contracts and Risk Management and Post Award Design-Build.

Any approved construction, architecture or engineering college professor can utilize the DBIA Core Course Curriculum if they have attended the Design-Build Educator Workshop or one of DBIA’s instructor-led courses. Our goal is to ensure that the industry’s Design-Build Done Right® education is taught consistently to students nationwide building a foundation for future success.

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Research

New Design-Build Research Details Industry Growth and Project Success

MARKET RESEARCH
FMI research shows design-build is the fastest growing delivery method in the nation. The most comprehensive market research in decades provides design-build data by regions, sectors, project type and satisfaction.

PERFORMANCE RESEARCH
Design-build is the best performing delivery system for both schedule and cost.
CII/Pankow has revisited the nation’s seminal design-build performance research 20 years later. Design-build continues to out-perform other delivery systems in cost, schedule, growth measures, construction and delivery speed.

FMI Report CII/Pankow Report