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Jim L. Whitaker, AIA, DBIA

Jim L. WhitakerJim Whitaker served as the 2014 Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Design-Build Institute of America. He is a 28-year industry veteran in both design and construction executive roles. As principal and senior vice president at HKS, Inc., one of the country’s largest architectural and engineering firms, Mr. Whitaker leads the federal government group and design-build practices. His portfolio of work includes large-scale, complex projects throughout the United States. He is a licensed architect, NCARB-certified for nationwide reciprocity and a DBIA certified professional.

Mr. Whitaker also serves on the Advisory Board of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Project Delivery Knowledge Community. This group, formerly known as the Design-Build Knowledge Community, provides a resource to AIA members for best practices of alternative, integrated project delivery methods. Mr. Whitaker lives in North Carolina, is a graduate of the University of Tennessee, and is a former U.S. Army officer.

Mr. Whitaker is a requested speaker. His no-nonsense communication style and aggressive leadership skills are recognized by peers and industry groups, where he is considered a design-build expert. He has presented to various groups, including AIA, DBIA, AACE, ASCE, AOD, collegiate architecture and engineering programs and law firms on a variety of topics including design-build project delivery, alternative careers for design professionals, effective design-build teaming arrangements, and dispute resolution strategies.