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Being a member of SDA offers many opportunities -- and sometimes beyond the office. Check out our newest video by our very own Lyndon Lorenz of the New York chapter.




Ready to Join?  Click here to download membership application or join online here.

Top 10 Reasons to Join SDA -- click here to see why! 

What is the value of Membership?

"SDA is an invaluable asset to all AE firms. If firm owners and principals don't think membership in the SDA is worth their time and money, then they just don't understand or appreciate SDA benefits. There has been so much buzz about "sustainable" design in the past few years that many firms invest significant time and money to ensure they have instituted sustainable design practices for their clients. Owners should never forget that their own business needs to be sustainable.

SDA is one of the best and most affordable ways to ensure that their firm uses best-practices. The "best" for firm management means they can continue to serve clients, employ staff, grow and be profitable…I've never seen so many smart and eager minds in one room as I have at SDA conferences."

Steven Burns, FAIA

SDA’s mission is to advance management and administrative professionals in the A/E/C industry through education, networking, and resources. SDA is an elite organization that addresses the issues and concerns of its members, and educates them in all aspects of design firm administration. If you are employed as an administrator or manager in the A/E/C industry, you should become a member!

Our primary objectives are:

  • To enhance practice administration through personal growth and continued education
  • To encourage career growth and excellence through a Certified Design Firm Administration (CDFA) program
  • To contribute to the development of office systems and materials
  • To work with institutions of higher education to establish a curriculum for the training of design field personnel
  • To cooperate with civic organizations whose undertakings are non-profit, non-political, and of vital interest to the community
  • To enhance the network of our members and their firms within the A/E/C community

Here are just a few of the benefits members receive:

  • Forums
    SDA has several Forums including Member, Chapter, BOD and Principals, to name a few. The Forums are our primary source for member-to-member communication. From here you can dip into the pool of knowledge of other SDA members by posting queries, offering advice, and sharing best practices in your related discipline.
  • Certification Program (CDFA)
    When you join SDA your are allowed to put "SDA" after your name to show you have started, and are willing, to further your knowledge and grow. The Certification Program takes that a step further. By meeting specific requirements and taking specific courses you can become SDA Certified and use "CDFA". This is a high honor among members of SDA and the design industry and serves as a tangible measure of competence.
  • White Papers
    SDA's White Papers are educational tools for SDA members. Posted quarterly, they offer an exchange of knowledge in the six areas of design administration: human resources, office administration, project management, finance, information technology, and marketing.
  • Educational Webinars
    SDA provides interactive, 60-minute educational sessions via audio teleconference and the Internet, hosted by industry experts covering hot topics, best practices, and specials interests.
  • SDA e-Wire Blog
    The SDA e-Wire Blog is another tool that provides current and relevent information for all SDA Members. Articles relevant to A/E/C administration are posted as well as a welcome to all new members, a monthly video message from the National President, other news and tips to keep members informed of what's going on.
  • Affinity & Discount Programs
    Get exclusive member discounts from our partners including Staples, ARCOM, Kaplan AEC Education, and more! You can also shop at through the SDA link and a portion of your purchase will benefit SDA!
  • Volunteerism and Leadership Opportunities (Chapter & National levels)
    Through our committees and national charity foundation canstruction®, you have the opportunity to get involved, meet new and exciting people, and develop essential leadership skills.
  • Networking & Education through our National Conference, EDConnect, EDSymposium and MUCH MORE!


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