Dedicated to the Betterment of the Built Environment Industry | Who we are

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The DFC brings together those who need to be together in a creative and curated environment for dialogue and learning...

The camaraderie and lack of competition that exist within the Design Futures Council and the desire for everybody to help raise everyone else up -- and raise the profession as a result -- is one of the most positive things that exists within the group.
Lauren Della Bella
President, SHP

Throughout the years of our involvement with Design Futures Council, my firm has greatly benefited from DFC's ability to look clearly and deeply into the future and bring that perspective to our firm, to help us transform our present. But it's not only about the immense knowledge and perspective that the DFC offers, but the incredible opportunities to be in the presence of like-minded leaders in the industry and forge friendships that run deeper and longer than any single event.
Thom Penney
CEO Emeritus, LS3P

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DFC Events | Featured Event

Design Futures Council reception
Upcoming Event
Built Environment Industry Global SuperCast

June 10, 2021
9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. ET (1:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. GMT)

DesignIntelligence interacts with thousands of built environment professionals and academics each month through its publications, events, research, and advisory services. As we stride forward emerging from the global pandemic we are intent on articulating transformative understanding gleaned from the many months of introspective isolation and wholly new patterns of interaction.

We will be hearing from leading voices in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, European Union, Middle East, and China.


Lifetime Achievement Award

Design Futures Council | Recognition Programs

An important part of the mission of DesignIntelligence is to encourage and support leadership at all levels in the built environment industry ranging from the exploration that begins in education to the summary of accomplishments of mature professionals.

Our members nominate their peers to various levels of distinctions and they are honored at our events annually.

Member News

Highlights from our DFC Members

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In The Balance

In September 2020, DesignIntelligence hosted a virtual conference on The Future of Environmental Responsibility. A stellar cast of presenters shared thought leadership on a wide range of sustainability-related topics. In closing our event, Dave Gilmore challenged participants to continue the conversation…the challenge was accepted.

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Laura Lewis Grows Gresham Smith’s Engineering Expertise

Gresham Smith is proud to announce that Laura Lewis, P.E., has joined the firm as a senior structural engineer in the firm’s Building Engineering market. She brings 23 years of experience designing and managing a variety of project types, and will use her expertise to continue enhancing...

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Business Development & the Democratization of Arch. Studios

Hanbury's CEO, David Keith, has always invested in young talent, given them a voice and a seat at the table when their ideas rise to the occasion. When Iben Falconer presented as one of this year's Virginia Design Medalists, she reiterated Hanbury's belief that even the most junior...