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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.
Join in 3 Easy Steps:
1. Create a DBIA Customer account or Sign in at the top right-hand corner
2. Select “My Profile” underneath your account
3. Select the appropriate Individual or Industry Partner Membership
Online membership is the best way to join DBIA and provides immediate activation of your member benefits; however, if you must have a hardcopy application, you can download it here.Join Online Individual PDF
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. Examples include real estate developers, private facility owners, academic institutions and government agencies. This does NOT include firms and/or people that provide design and construction services such as contractors, A/E firms, architects, etc.
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.
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.
Online membership is the best way to join DBIA and provides immediate activation of your member benefits; however, if you must have a hardcopy application, you can download it here.Join Online Industry Partner PDF
Types of Industry Partner Memberships
Defined as a firm that is solely one of the following:
- Architecture/engineering (A/E)
- Engineering/architecture (E/A)
- Engineering only
- Architecture only
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
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. Examples include:
- Real Estate Developer
- Private Facility Owner
- Academic Institution
- Government Agency (Federal, Local/City, State, Military)
This does NOT include firms and/or people that provide design and construction services such as contractors, A/E firms, architects, etc.
Specialty Contractor/Manufacturer Firms
Defined as an organization that is provides specialty services to a project. Examples include:
- Electrical Contractor
- 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: firstname.lastname@example.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?
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.