Resources // Professional Organizations

  • The American Institute of Architects

    Based in Washington, D.C., the AIA has been the leading professional membership association for licensed architects, emerging professionals, and allied partners since 1857.

  • International Building Performance Simulation Association

    IBPSA is founded to advance and promote the science of building performance simulation in order to improve the design, construction, operation, and maintenance of new and existing buildings worldwide.

  • The Construction Specifications Institute

    The mission of CSI is to advance building information management and education of project teams to improve facility performance. The national association has more than 13,000 volunteers, including specifiers, architects, engineers, contractors, facility managers, product representatives, manufacturers, owners and others who are experts in building construction and the materials used therein.

  • International Facility Management Association

    Founded in 1980, IFMA is the world's largest and most widely recognized international association for facility management professionals, supporting more than 23,000 members in 85 countries.

  • InfoComm International

    InfoComm International is the trade association representing the professional audiovisual and information communications industries worldwide. Established in 1939, InfoComm has more than 5,000 members, including manufacturers, systems integrators, dealers and distributors, independent consultants, programmers, rental and staging companies, end-users and multimedia professionals from more than 80 countries.

  • Design Build Insitute of America

    DBIA is the only organization that defines, teaches and promotes best practices in design-build. The integrated approach delivers design and construction services under one contract with a single point of responsibility. Owners select design-build to achieve best value while meeting schedule, cost and quality goals.

  • Building Industry Consulting Service International

    BICSI is a professional association supporting the information technology systems (ITS) industry. ITS covers the spectrum of voice, data, electronic safety & security, project management and audio & video technologies.

  • Virginia Council of CEOs

    The Council was founded in 2002 by a group of small business CEOs who sought to connect and learn from other CEOs in the area. The goal was to find a forum to comfortably test new ideas, get “unstuck,” and think differently about their business. The Council has evolved from its initial membership of 25 to more than 160 CEOs today who participate in monthly roundtable discussions, quarterly luncheons, Knowledge Network meetings, and annual retreats.

  • Illuminating Engineering Society

    IES of North America is the recognized technical authority on illumination. For over 100 years its objective has been to communicate information on all aspects of good lighting practice to its members, to the lighting community, and to consumers, through a variety of programs, publications, and services.

  • American Council of Engineering Companies

    The ACEC is the voice of America's engineering industry. Council members – numbering more than 5,000 firms representing more than 500,000 employees throughout the country – are engaged in a wide range of engineering works that propel the nation's economy, and enhance and safeguard America's quality of life.

  • Fire Science Online

    Fire Science Online was founded in 2011 and serves those looking for fire science education and fire safety information.  Most recently, the organization has broadened its scope to address several public safety and service careers such as homeland security, EMTs, forestry, and criminal justice to name a few.  Fire Science Online was funded by private donations and remains non-commercial and advertisement free.

  • American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers

    ASHRAE, founded in 1894, is an international organization of 51,000 persons. ASHRAE fulfills its mission of advancing heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration to serve humanity and promote a sustainable world through research, standards writing, publishing and continuing education.

  • National Fire Protection Association

    The mission of the international nonprofit NFPA, established in 1896, is to reduce the worldwide burden of fire and other hazards on the quality of life by providing and advocating consensus codes and standards, research, training, and education. The world's leading advocate of fire prevention and an authoritative source on public safety, NFPA develops, publishes, and disseminates more than 300 consensus codes and standards intended to minimize the possibility and effects of fire and other risks.

  • Society of American Military Engineers

    SAME, the premier professional military engineering association in the United States, unites architecture, engineering, construction, facility management and environmental entities and individuals in the public and private sectors to prepare for—and overcome—natural and manmade disasters, and to improve security at home and abroad.

  • Society for Marketing Professional Services

    SMPS is a community of marketing and business development professionals working to secure profitable business relationships for their A/E/C companies. Through networking, business intelligence, and research, SMPS members gain a competitive advantage in positioning their firms successfully in the marketplace. SMPS offers members professional development, leadership opportunities, and marketing resources to advance their careers.

  • Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers

    IEEE is the world’s largest professional association dedicated to advancing technological innovation and excellence for the benefit of humanity. IEEE and its members inspire a global community through IEEE's highly cited publications, conferences, technology standards, and professional and educational activities.

  • Society of Fire Protection Engineers

    Established in 1950, SFPR is a professional society representing those practicing the field of fire protection engineering. The Society has over 4,000 members in the United States and abroad, and over 75 regional chapters. The purpose of the Society is to advance the science and practice of fire protection engineering and its allied fields, to maintain a high ethical standard among its members and to foster fire protection engineering education.

  • U.S. Green Building Council

    USGBC is committed to transforming the way our buildings are designed, constructed and operated through LEED — the top third-party verification system for sustainable structures around the world. Every day, USGBC is helping advance spaces that are better for the environment and healthier for us to live, work and play in. Through their  community network, continuous collaboration with industry experts, market research publications and LEED professional credentials, USGBC remains a key driving force in the green building sector.

     

  • Society of Industrial Security Professionals

    Also referred to as NCMS, the group was founded in 1964 by government and industry security classification managers and administrators who recognized the importance of establishing a society, national in scope. The society is recognized throughout the industry and government as the premier organization for the development and implementation of quality training programs in the area of industrial security management, and security leadership.