Why Hire an AIBD Professional Building Designer?

Building a home represents the greatest financial investment most people will make in a lifetime and few envision how complex the process is until they are entangled in a jungle of restrictive covenants, building codes, zoning ordinances, design options, vendor and contractor choices and so on. Yet, most states do NOT have a licensing requirement for residential building designers. When a new home or addition is in your future, a specialist in the discipline of residential
design is your best choice to guide you through the design/building experience.

Accordingly, it makes sense to secure design services from a qualified, experienced source, a professional member of the American Institute of Building Design (AIBD®). Since 1950, AIBD® has provided building designers with educational resources, and has developed nationwide design standards and a code of ethics for the building design profession. Today, AIBD® is a nationally recognized association with professional and associate members in 46 states and throughout Canada. Its chartered state societies are active in their respective legislative arenas and work to promote public awareness of the building design profession. AIBD® is also meeting the challenge of the future by educating members about new and improved building materials and innovative technologies that will impact how we live in the future.

The credential of Professional Building Designer is the highest classification level, which a professional member of the AIBD® can attain.

To qualify, an individual must first possess a minimum of five years of educational and professional design experience. As part of the lengthy application process, an applicant must also submit numerous letters of referral from building professionals and more importantly, submit several building plans to show an adherence to the minimum plan standards/guidelines as set forth by the AIBD. A Professional Building Designer must subscribe to a scrupulous code of professional ethics and equally significant, adhere to a commitment of professional development through a continuing education policy.


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