Design-Build Institute of America Student Chapter Created at WSU Spokane

SPOKANE, Wash. — A new student chapter of the Design-Build Institute of America has been established at Washington State University Spokane through the efforts of students in the design-build management executive track of the M.S. architecture program. The chapter brings together architectural and construction disciplines to promote design-build construction delivery methods.

The DBIA has officially recognized the chapter, which is one of only 11 student chapters around the nation. The 19 members are graduate and undergraduate students in design-build management, landscape architecture, interior design, construction management and architecture at WSU Spokane’s Interdisciplinary Design Institute.

Chapter officers include Leandra Thompson, president, a design-build management student who works as a construction project coordinator at Spokane School District 81; Marg Rogers, secretary, also a graduate student in design-build management and an administrative assistant with T.W. Clark Construction; and Alex Hofto, treasurer, an undergraduate student in construction management.

The master’s degree in architecture with a focus in design-build management is a postprofessional advanced specialization degree. The program’s executive track schedule, with classes held after work hours and on weekends, is designed for design and construction professionals who seek career advancement in the design-build industry.

For more information on the design-build management graduate program, contact Darlene Septelka at 509/358-7910,, or see the Web site at The student chapter Web page is on-line at, and the Design-Build Institute of America is on-line at