Join over 1300 active members and access tools and education to improve your business.

Individual Memberships

Professional Member ($289)

Join as a Professional↗

An individual actively engaged in the professional practice of residential design, either as the proprietor or as a design employee of a firm providing building design services. Professional members are the only members with voting privileges and may serve on the Board of Directors.

Associate Member ($160)

Join as an Associate↗

For those who sell building products and offer building design support services such as landscape design, building official, contractor, etc. Associate Members employed by a Corporate Member receive a $160 credit.

Educator Member ($70)

Join as an Educator↗

An individual whose sole relationship to the building design profession is as an educator, currently teaching in a high school, college, university, vocational, or career school. Educators with an active AIBD Student Chapter may earn complimentary membership.

Student Member ($15)

Join as a Student↗

For those enrolled, full or part-time, in architecture or engineering, architectural drafting, or design technology in a university, college, community college, vocational school, career institution, or high school.

Corporate Member ($1000)

Join as an Organization↗

Business firms or corporations whose business may encompass and/or may have representatives in more than one state or country, whose business or operation supports the Professional Membership of AIBD, and who desire to lend cooperation and support to the Institute.

  • CE Provider status included.
  • Unlimited internal Associate Members included.
  • Non-profit organizations get a $550 discount.

Or, to download a PDF membership form [click here].

Membership begins immediately and renews every twelve months.

Members interested in joining any of the AIBD chapters may be subject to additional dues by the chapter. Please reach out to each local chapter separately for further information. (www.AIBD.org/chapters).

“I’m dealing with other young people and showing them that this organization, I believe truly is the future of residential design.

– Robert Platt, in the Let’s Talk Certification podcast.

Are you a residential design professional?

You deserve a voice – we understand what you do because we do it too.

The AIBD is a nationally recognized organization that promotes and supports the profession, provides resources and tools that help professionals succeed, and advocates for our members.

AIBD membership offers many benefits, including:

  • Networking opportunities so that when another member has too much work, they can send some your way (or vice versa).
  • Continuing education programs so you won’t be left behind while your competitors learn the latest techniques and marketing practices.
  • Discounts on products and services from industry partners give your clients a reason to choose you over other design firms.
  • Access exclusive content in our members-only website section (including articles, courses, design details, and more by experts).
  • Recognition as an AIBD Professional Member with your name and information listed in our directory of members online.

As a member of the American Institute of Building Design, you will have access to all these great benefits plus more!

Whether gathering new tools for success or sharing your experience, knowledge, or expertise – there are many ways to get involved with the AIBD.

By joining the AIBD, you can help us promote and protect the profession we all love – residential building design!

It’s never been easier than it is right now to become part of the American Institute of Building Design family – so don’t wait another minute before joining this prestigious organization dedicated exclusively to supporting and promoting the residential design profession.

Our mission: “Building a better residential building design profession, one designer at a time.”

More Membership Benefits…

These are just a few of the benefits AIBD members receive.


I have been an AIBD member since 2000. If not for AIBD I would not have excelled as a professional building designer over the past 21 years. I believe that the more you put into something the more you get out of it. My recent website traffic reports reveal that the most public visited pages on my site include pages as a direct result of my AIBD membership. Those pages included receiving the AIBD Designer of the Year in 2018, my announcement of receiving my NCBDC certification (CPBD) and announcements of the awards won through AIBD’s design award program the American Residential Design Awards (ARDA).

Public attention to these accomplishments through my AIBD membership has awarded me with many projects that have led to a lifetime of creating fun filled residential designs, client relationships and colleague friendships that have made my job as a certified professional residential designer a great self-fulfilling career. Thank you, AIBD!

– Bernie Kern, CPBD, Former President of AIBD
Bernie Kern delivers his acceptance speech at the AIBD Annual Meeting. Photo by JPG Photo & Video

Professional Member ($289)

Join as a Professional↗

An individual actively engaged in the professional practice of residential design, either as the proprietor or as a design employee of a firm providing building design services. Professional members are the only members with voting privileges and may serve on the Board of Directors.

Associate Member ($160)

Join as an Associate↗

For those who sell building products and offer building design support services such as landscape design, building official, contractor, etc. Associate Members employed by a Corporate Member receive a $160 credit.

Educator Member ($70)

Join as an Educator↗

An individual whose sole relationship to the building design profession is as an educator, currently teaching in a high school, college, university, vocational, or career school. Educators with an active AIBD Student Chapter may earn complimentary membership.

Student Member ($15)

Join as a Student↗

For those enrolled, full or part-time, in architecture or engineering, architectural drafting, or design technology in a university, college, community college, vocational school, career institution, or high school.

Corporate Member ($1000)

Join as an Organization↗

Business firms or corporations whose business may encompass and/or may have representatives in more than one state or country, whose business or operation supports the Professional Membership of AIBD, and who desire to lend cooperation and support to the Institute.

  • CE Provider status included.
  • Unlimited internal Associate Members included.
  • Non-profit organizations get a $550 discount.

Frequently Asked Questions:

Q: Where do I send my membership form?

A: Email or fax your membership form for immediate processing.
Fax: 866-204-0293; Email: info@aibd.org; Mail: AIBD – Membership, 110 Front Street, Suite #300, Jupiter, FL 33477

Q: Once I join, how do I change my contact info, and who can access this information?

A: You may log into the Member Center (We call it the Hub) [AIBD.org/login] to update your contact information. If you are a Professional Member, certain contact details are listed on the AIBD website for consumers to locate you. In addition, AIBD Corporate members are given access to the national member roster.

Q: How long does it take to process my application and get access to the Member Only resources?

A: Online memberships are processed the moment they are submitted. Membership forms sent by mail, fax, or email are processed within two working days from the date we receive them. Once your membeship is set up, log into you personal account [AIBD.org/login] and all of the Member Only resources will be found on the righthand side of the page.

Q: Can I pay for my membership using a credit or debit card?

A: Yes. Online applications are charged immediately. The downloadable application provides a space to enter credit card information. Members may also call the AIBD national office and provide credit card information over the phone.

Q: Can I use the AIBD logo on my plans if I join?

A: With membership in AIBD, you can use the AIBD Member Logo as it relates to your business. Only AIBD Professional members certified by NCBDC may use the acronym “AIBD” after their name. Download the AIBD Branding Guidelines at www.AIBDmember.org/brandingguidelines.pdf.

Q: What are the volunteer opportunities after I join?

A: Professionals who volunteer their time run our organization. You can join one of the many committees [click here] or start a local chapter in your area [click here].

Q: What happens if I let my membership expire?

A: Members can renew their membership up to 60 days after it expires. Beyond this period, rejoining entails signing up as a new member. Discontinuities in membership can impact eligibility for retired or lifetime membership benefits.

Q: What are the requirements after I become a member?

A: Membership requirements differ based on the level you hold. All members must ensure their membership fees are up to date according to their renewal date and chosen payment method. Only Certified Professional Building Designers (CPBD) must fulfill continuing education credit obligations. Keeping your contact details current is of utmost importance.

Q: What opportunities are available to members and their companies?

A: Joining as a Professional will automatically put 70 years of experience after your name. However, there are many more opportunities to be discovered. Including:

  • A listing, with a link to your website, on the AIBD national website’s “Find a Design Professional” search page.
  • A subscription to the AIBD Legislative Alert program.
  • Access to publications, service contract templates, copyright information, and more – many of which are free.
  • Networking with others who specialize in residential or light commercial design.
  • Discounts with Whirlpool, FedEx, HP, Green Builder College, VELUX, and more.
  • Access to national, regional, and online educational sessions – many of which are free.
  • Discounted National Convention Registration
  • Business and marketing tools

Q: Is there any way to get a membership discount?

A: Other than during specific membership drives, there are two ways to receive a membership discount.

  • Professional members who sponsor three new Professional Members or one new Corporate Member between July 1 and June 30 of any given year are awarded a 100% discount on their next year’s national dues. Refer to www.AIBDmember.org/compassclub for more information.
  • Professional members who have obtained Professional Liability (E&O) insurance through Draftrs.com receive a 15% discount on new or renewing memberships. Those who are certified (CPBDs) also receive 15% off their annual certification fees.

Professional Member ($289)

Join as a Professional↗

An individual actively engaged in the professional practice of residential design, either as the proprietor or as a design employee of a firm providing building design services. Professional members are the only members with voting privileges and may serve on the Board of Directors.

Associate Member ($160)

Join as an Associate↗

For those who sell building products and offer building design support services such as landscape design, building official, contractor, etc. Associate Members employed by a Corporate Member receive a $160 credit.

Educator Member ($70)

Join as an Educator↗

An individual whose sole relationship to the building design profession is as an educator, currently teaching in a high school, college, university, vocational, or career school. Educators with an active AIBD Student Chapter may earn complimentary membership.

Student Member ($15)

Join as a Student↗

For those enrolled, full or part-time, in architecture or engineering, architectural drafting, or design technology in a university, college, community college, vocational school, career institution, or high school.

Corporate Member ($1000)

Join as an Organization↗

Business firms or corporations whose business may encompass and/or may have representatives in more than one state or country, whose business or operation supports the Professional Membership of AIBD, and who desire to lend cooperation and support to the Institute.

  • CE Provider status included.
  • Unlimited internal Associate Members included.
  • Non-profit organizations get a $550 discount.