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Barry E. Bannett, RA, AIA, NCARB, DBIA

Barry E. BannettBarry E. Bannett, CEO of The Bannett Group has served as a pillar of the design-build community for more than 35 years. Shortly after earning his Bachelor of Science degree in architectural sciences from the Washington University Architectural School in St. Louis, Barry founded what is now The Bannett Group in 1970. In conjunction with his son, Scott, the organization has grown to more than 50 employees with sales in excess of $65 million, and 90 percent of the group’s work is negotiated design-build projects.

His commitment to design-build is evident through many business models and practices, such as The Bannett Group’s Supply Chain Seminars. These innovative programs, which include specialty contractors and consultants, allow professionals to discuss their roles in the design-build process, detect challenges within that process and offer potential solutions rather than focusing on low bids and change orders. The end result is a supply chain where all involved understand what is expected of them in a design-build teaming environment.

A strong advocate of design-build practices, Barry has served in a variety of volunteer positions and initiatives that include:  DBIA National Board Member, DBIA Pennsylvania Region Board Member, DBIA course instructor and AIA Design-Build Knowledge Community Chairman. In addition, Barry is an active promoter of the DBIA Designation Program within The Bannett Group and is a regular guest speaker to architecture students at the Pratt Institute and Yale University on the benefits of design-build.