About SDA

The Society for Design Administration (SDA), which started over 50 years ago, is a national organization affiliated with the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and comprised of over 1000 administrative personnel from architecture, engineering and other design-related firms. Through an affiliation with AIA and partnering with other related design organizations, SDA's common goal is to improve the design profession.

SDA is a self-governing, non-profit, non-discriminatory and non-union society. The SDA mission is to promote the exchange of information and ideas and the education of SDA members in the related disciplines of design firm administration. The primary objectives are:

  • To better serve employers through personal growth and combined education.
  • To encourage career growth and excellence through SDA's Certification (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.

Publications available through SDA include the National SDA Newsletter, Chapter Newsletters, SDA Today, and the Handbook for Design Office Administration which includes sections related to Office Administration, Project Management, Marketing, Human Resources, and Finance.

To apply for SDA membership, please click here.

To contact the chapter president for more information regarding membership, leadership, volunteering, and educational seminars in the Orange County Chapter, please go to the Contact SDA  page.

For information regarding National SDA, visit the web site at www.sdadmin.org