In 1993 forward-thinking architects, engineers, and contractors across the country founded the Design-Build Institute of America (DBIA) with a mission to define, teach and promote design-build construction methodology best practices.

They firmly believed that design-build would provide a more effective, integrated approach to construction by delivering design and construction services under one contract with a single point of responsibility. By educating industry stakeholders and developing an ongoing knowledge base of best practices, construction professionals would enable owners to select design-build to achieve best value while meeting schedule, cost and quality goals. Today, largely due to the efforts of the DBIA organization and its dedicated proponents, design-build is now universally recognized as an effective, low-risk construction approach. More information on the history of DBIA.

Members span the entire spectrum of design and construction professionals, including architects, engineers, specialty contractors, owners, consultants, lawyers, business development professionals, students and teachers. Non-members are also welcome to participate in courses, conferences and in earning their certification.  In addition to the DBIA headquarters in Washington, D.C., a network of 14 Regions work collaboratively to deliver products and services to members and customers.

DBIA Liberty was organized to promote design-build in New York State, Delaware, New Jersey and Pennsylvania and since its inception has been involved at the state and local level to advocate for the organization. Comprising three chapters across the region (NYC, Tri-State, and Upstate), DBIA Liberty is committed to help DBIA National achieve their top three strategic planning priorities for the next three years: (1) to universalize Design-Build Done Right; (2) to leverage the existing strengths of design-build, and (3) to continue to deliver high value to all members and customers. More details of the strategic direction can be found here.

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