SDA advances management and administrative professionals in the A/E/C industry.

SDA Membership

Stay connected with a membership to the largest organization directed toward A/E/C firm administration.

As an A/E/C administrative professional, there is no better way to invest in your professional development than with a membership in SDA. 

SDA Features:

  • Online professional discussion forums
  • Publications with relevant and timely content
  • Webinars on industry-relevant topics
  • Leadership opportunities
  • Certification Program
  • Membership Directory Access for Local and National Networking
  • Discounts on products through established affinity programs
  • And more…

Whether you're the receptionist or the office manager at your office, there are always new things to learn. SDA provides all levels of administrative staff with new perspectives and productive methods of performing their duties. This knowledge not only increases self-confidence, it benefits company production, profitability, and employee awareness.

SDA Job Bank

The San Diego Chapter has a job bank available to members at no cost and low cost to non members.


Trade ideas, discuss challenges, exchange information and increase professional contacts through Conventions, Chapter Meetings/Seminars/Workshops, Chapter Newsletters, SDA List Serve, and PEG’s.

SDA Publications

You receive a subscription to the SDA’s National Publication which offers information on issues relevant to the design industry, local chapter news and its members. Other publications include: SDA Handbook, SDA National Web Site, SDA Chapter Web Sites, SDA Chapter Newsletters, and the SDA Resource Center.

Annual Convention & Leadership Conference

The SDA National Convention is informative, educational, and memorable. It offers seminars, challenging speakers, social events, exhibits, and a forum for the exchange of ideas. The Leadership days are specifically designed to enhance leadership skills, professional development and networking for SDA members.

Volunteerism & Leadership

Through our committees and national charity foundation canstruction®, you have the opportunity to get involved, meet new and exciting people, and develop essential leadership skills.

SDA Certification

The National Certification Program provides further career direction and a recognition of achievement.

Regional Conference

Regional conferences give SDA members an opportunity to network with the Executive Committee, enhance leadership skills and professional development, and network with members in their geographic area.

SDA Forum

SDA has several Forums including Member, Chapter, BOD and Principals, to name a few. The Forums are our primary source for member-to-member communication. From here you can dip into the pool of knowledge of other SDA members by posting queries, offering advice, and sharing best practices in your related discipline.

Local Chapters

Local chapter meetings provide professional programs and opportunities to expand your leadership abilities as you work with members on local, regional, and national activities. SDA has chapters throughout the United States and Canada. The first chapter was chartered in 1961 and established an affiliation with the AIA in 1980 to reinforce objectives which are consistent with the goal of improving the design professional.