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Students and Faculty

Whether the focus is architecture, engineering or construction management, a well-rounded knowledge of the value and key elements of design-build project delivery are sure to play a role in the future of academia.
Design-build is an integrated approach that delivers design and construction services under one contract with a single point of responsibility — and its use is growing rapidly. Owners select design-build to achieve best value while meeting schedule, cost and quality goals.


DBIA has a vibrant student chapter program, as well as faculty enrichment opportunities. Each offer innovative ways to engage with DBIA by providing a host of collaborative activities and programs designed to enhance the student and academic learning experience.
  • Engage in our student volunteer program at Design-Build Conferences held throughout the year, which allows students to gain valuable knowledge while they help the industry

  • Exposure to industry leaders via networking with leading industry firms and peers at DBIA’s annual Career Expo and Student/Academia Mixer held each fall

  • Prepare to stand out by highlighting yourself as well-informed, emerging and academic professionals through DBIA's Certification Program

  • The National Design-Build Student Competition provides young design-builders the opportunity to create a project as a team, present it to some of the industry’s leading pros and earn national recognition for their good work. DBIA’s student competition provides an unparalleled opportunity for students to meet and impress design-build industry leaders one-on-one
Reach out to one of 14 DBIA Regions across the nation to more fully engage at the local level; many DBIA Regions offer programs specifically geared towards students.

 Student Chapters

DBIA Student Chapters are dedicated to promoting widespread and successful utilization of the design-build project delivery method in shaping the built environment. To accomplish this goal, they are committed to fostering interdisciplinary education and communication in integrated facilities delivery at the university level. This goal will be facilitated through active participation by Student Chapter members and:
  • Local DBIA professionals and corporations
  • Students and faculty in design and construction-related disciplines
  • Local professional organizations representing architecture, engineering, landscape architecture, general contracting, law and government
  • National DBIA programs and services

It is an exciting time for design-build and, as a result, DBIA Student Chapters are showing up all over the country. Join the ranks of leaders from Stanford, Arizona State and University of Florida by starting a DBIA Student Chapter.


 Design-Build University Program


​DBIA Curriculum


The continued and steady growth of design-build project delivery has been clearly documented via research findings as well as numerous changes in local and state legislation expanding owners’ ability to utilize this and other integrated methods. As the use continues to spread, owners look to industry to be knowledgeable and current on best practices and trends related to design-build project delivery. As the only organization that defines, teaches and promotes best practices in design-build, DBIA has a responsibility to prepare both current and future industry leaders to compete in the marketplace.

One clear distinction of experienced design-build professionals is our certification program. Earning this credential through a combination of core curriculum and experience can give emerging professionals a significant leg up when they graduate and seek employment in the marketplace. DBIA’s University Program is geared towards providing students with the core component needed for certification while they are still in school.


DBIA educational programs are developed to teach practical "how to" courses about design-build and to advance the education, public awareness, understanding and utility of design-build. Courses and programs developed and delivered by DBIA 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 program and DBIA™ certification. The four courses include: Fundamentals of Project Delivery, Principles of Design-Build Project Delivery, Design-Build Contracts and Risk Management and Post Award Design-Build. Through coursework and testing, individuals demonstrate an understanding of best-practices in every phase of design-build project delivery, from proposal preparation to substantial completion.

Any approved construction, architecture or engineering college professor can use the DBIA Core Course Curriculum received from DBIA in their class(es) if they have first attended the Design-Build Educator Workshop or one of the regular public DBIA courses. The goal is to ensure that the Core Course Curriculum course is taught consistently across every college program and in accordance with what is taught to industry. The DBIA University Program is for full-time students and faculty only.

For more information and/or to receive an application packet, please email 


 Student Competition

The Design-Build Institute of America’s (DBIA) 2018 student competition closely mirrors best practices in design-build project delivery. The two-phase competition involves the collaboration of students from diverse backgrounds, including architecture and construction management, responding to a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) for a student residence hall on a liberal arts college campus in the United States. Finalists will then respond to a Request for Proposal (RFP) and the top three short-listed teams will present in person at DBIA’s annual conference in New Orleans.

Registration and Pre-Solicitation Criteria for the 2018 National Student Design-Build Competition is now open. See more on our Student Competition page.




Design-Build Educator Workshop

DBIA is now accepting scholarship applications for the fifth annual Design-Build Educator Workshop. This workshop is designed to provide college educators a comprehensive understanding of all aspects of design-build, including strategies to incorporate design-build best practices into new and existing curriculum.

More than 60 professors from universities across the country have taken advantage of this unique opportunity to learn from the best design-build instructors in the nation. DBIA's instructors are industry experts with years of professional experience who will cover everything from contracts and risk management to post-award design-build, providing attendees a comprehensive understanding of design-build. DBIA's Educator Workshop participants leave our classroom with the expertise and ability to teach design-build methods to their undergraduate and graduate students, helping them prepare for a future where design-build will continue to play a growing role in project delivery nationwide.

The application deadline is June 14, 2018. Learn more here.