The Society for Design Administration advances management and administrative professionals in the A/E/C industry.


Advance Reprographics

Mayer Reprographics

Studio 2055


Thursday, January 22th, 2015 11:30 AM - What to Do When the Design Professional Board Comes Knocking. This program covers the topic of Design Professional Board investigations into complaints made against design professionals by the public / client after the project is complete. It will address how these complaints should be approached by the professionals as well as pitfalls, defenses, responses to the Board, and dealing with its investigators. It will even speak to the hearing, dealing with the Attorney General and potential consequences. Learn more...


Kotaro Nakamura

In support of Archtoberfest, the Society for Design Administration hosted a site tour on Saturday October 4, 2014, conducted by Roesling Nakamura Terada Architects’ Principal Architect, Kotaro Nakamura.  The tour focused on the new pavilion located within the existing Japanese Friendship Garden at Balboa Park.

The new pavilion and kitchen and restroom buildings will be located within the existing Japanese Friendship Garden in the canyon below the teahouse in Balboa Park. Surrounded by lush Japanese landscape and waterfalls running into a koi pond, the building is a post-beam structure designed to house multiple activities including meetings, exhibitions, and wedding receptions with a 300-person capacity. The exterior “Engawa” deck overlooks the water features accessible through traditional Shoji panels.


Who is SDA?

For over 50 years, the Society for Design Administration (SDA), an affiliate of The American Institute of Architects, has promoted education and “best practices” in management and professional standards of design firm administrative personnel. SDA Membership stretches across the United States and Canada and is comprised of personnel in the design profession, including architecture, engineering, construction, landscape and interior design. View a list of current members.

What is SDA?

SDA enhances the professional development and personal growth of its members, and consequently the development and growth of their respective companies. To accomplish this, SDA provides a host of networking opportunities, as well as educational resources in the areas of: Finance, Human Resources, Information Technology, Marketing, Office Administration, and Project Management.

California Court Allows Searches

According to a federal court of appeal, employees have very limited expectations of privacy in their private -- even locked -- workplaces. In a divided opinion, the court held that law enforcement agencies may search employee workspaces merely upon receiving consent of an officer of the company -- not of the employee himself. Additionally, a policy in an employee manual stating that employee computers are subject to monitoring may be sufficient to permit entry into an employee's office to copy a hard drive for use in a criminal prosecution. U.S. v. Ziegler 2007

What is Canstruction?

Canstruction is an international charity of the design and construction industry created by the Society for Design Administration. Architects and Engineers in cities across the country compete in a design-build competition to create giant works of sculptural art, made entirely out of canned and packaged foods. Canstruction provides the opportunity for the design industry to become involved in a pressing social issue, while their creativity involves them in a national competition that brings recognition, offers team bonding opportunities, and instills a sense of pride knowing "one can" really make a difference. We hope that every A/E firm in San Diego will find a way to become involved in such a worthy cause!