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Membership

Individual Memberships

Individual membership provides benefits to a person who is either an employee of a government agency, a private facility, or a student or faculty member at an institution of higher education.

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Types of Individual Memberships

Owner: Dues $99

Owners decide what gets built, when it gets built and how it gets built. They are the organizations (or employees) that control the design and construction processes. This does NOT include firms and/or people that provide design and construction services such as contractors, A/E firms, architects, etc.; examples include real estate developers, private facility owners, academic institutions, government agencies and nonprofit associations.

Practitioner/Consultant: Dues $379

Individuals performing design and/or construction services for owners, such as consultant owner representatives, and are typically employed by AE/EA firms, general or specialty contractors, manufacturers/suppliers, etc.

Young Professional: Dues $75

Individuals who are 35 years of age or younger. They may be owners, practitioners, consultants/owner representatives, academic faculty, etc.

Student: Dues $45

Individuals who study full-time (12 or more credit hours) at an accredited college or university. Students are encouraged to join or establish a local student chapter.

Academia: Dues $99

Individuals who work for a college or university. Faculty members are encouraged to establish a local student chapter.

Retired Member: Dues $45

Individuals who have retired from their profession who wish to continue their contact with the design-build industry.

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Industry Partner Additional Contact: Dues $249

Additional contacts come from organizations that have already joined DBIA as an industry partner and exhausted all of their free slots.

Industry Partner Memberships

Industry Partner Memberships provide member benefits to an institution and its employees, and include several complimentary individual memberships as well. Membership dues vary based on the size and type of organization.

Join as an IP

Types of Industry Partner Memberships

AE/EA Firms

Defined as a firm that is solely one of the following:

  • Architecture/engineering (A/E)
  • Engineering/architecture (E/A)
  • Engineering only
  • Architecture only

At-Risk Firms

Defined as the firm that is taking the financial risk and manages the contract for the project. Examples include:

  • Construction Management Firm
  • Design-Build Firm (a fully integrated in-house team)
  • General Contracting Firm

Professional Firms

Defined as the firm that provided solely professional services for the project/client. Examples include:

  • Consulting Firm
  • Law Firm
  • Marketing/Business Development Firm
  • Technology/Software Firm

Public/Private Owner Firms

Owners decide what gets built, when it gets built and how it gets built. They are the organizations (or employees) that control the design and construction processes. This does NOT include firms and/or people that provide design and construction services such as contractors, A/E firms, architects, etc. Examples include:

  • Real Estate Developer
  • Private Facility Owner
  • Academic Institution
  • Government Agency (Federal, Local/City, State, Military)
  • Non-Profit Association

Specialty Contractor/Manufacturer Firms

Defined as an organization that is provides specialty services to a project. Examples include:

  • Electrical Contractor
  • Manufacturer/Supplier
  • Mechanical Contractor
  • Plumbing Contractor

FAQ: Membership Application Process

How long does it take to process an application, and what happens next?

It takes approximately one business day for your application to be processed and active. You will receive an emailed confirmation once your application has been processed. This email includes your login information for the DBIA website as well as your Region and any other pertinent information.

As an IP member, how do I identify our free contacts for DBIA?

Included in your welcome email, there are two forms to fill out for Benefit Members and Young Professional Benefit Members. Once completed, email them to: membership@dbia.org

Am I automatically a member if my firm is an IP member?

No, while an Industry Partner membership does guarantee member discounts to all employees, it does not automatically provide membership. To request to be added to your company’s membership, please contact the primary representative (there may be additional cost incurred). To request the name of your company’s primary representative, click here.

Can I renew my membership dues online?

Yes! All Members can renew by logging into their Member Account here. Industry Partner members, please note that the Admin on the account is the only person who can renew for the company. You can also use the Renewal Form and fax to: 202-682-5877, or email to Membership.

Renewal Form

Do I need to pay a separate fee to join one of DBIA’s regions?

No. Your regional membership is included with your national dues at no additional cost; your mailing address determines your regional affiliation.

Are my DBIA dues tax deductible?

Nearly every penny, yes. Dues are tax deductible as ordinary and necessary business expenses under IRS Tax Code Section 162(3) except for that portion allocable to “lobbying” under Public Law #103-66. DBIA estimates that 97% of your dues payment is deductible and 3% non-deductible.