To advance professional development within the Architecture, Engineering, and Construction community through collaborative learning experiences.

About Us

DBE is a network of Owners, Architects, Engineers, Builders, Consultants and Associations, committed to knowledge sharing and continuous learning within the AEC industry.


A community of professionals promoting a common belief that interdisciplinary collaboration and respect is the foundation to achieve excellence in building design, construction and operations.


DBE champions a method of team focused interdisciplinary X-Training intended to shape how a smart and sustainable built environment is designed and constructed. The platform endeavors to foster innovation and define best practice though creativity and firsthand lessons learned.
“… It’s about sharing our experiences, continuous learning, strengthening relationships and expanding our network …It’s about building more efficiently, safely, creatively and of the highest quality. That all requires a collaboration between owners, architects, engineers, specialty consultants, subcontractors and the general contractor.”
Bob Gullickson,

Turner Vice President / DBE Co-Founder


Design Build Excellence is composed of two cross-disciplinary education platforms, X-Training and Presentations. Both platforms focus on the continuous learning of its members in an ever-evolving AEC industry. Each platform is structured by their learning objectives and distinct formats of engagement.
Trainingcolored 1 min


Partners and participants engage with seminars, on-site walkthroughs, factory tours, round-table discussion and team exercises in a range of topics lead and designed by discipline leaders.

PresentationColored 1 min


Informative and thought-provoking seminars authored by industry leaders. Technical and Sustainable presentations provide valuable insight into the AEC industry.


In-Office & On-Site

At its core, the Design Build Excellence champions innovation and encourages a collaborative approach to building design and construction.

Design Build Excellence optimizes expertise and strengthens partnerships to accelerate professional development at all levels. The goal is to enhance overall knowledge, encourage teamwork, improve communication, and develop relationships through trust and respect.

Emerging and seasoned professionals of varied disciplines examine subject matter, identify common challenges and discuss solutions together. Emerging professionals gain insight into the roles and responsibilities of their peers today as well as potentially their future roles tomorrow.



Design Build Excellence launched its first DBE X-Training programs in 2015 through collaborations with the leaders and champions of several industry-leading AEC companies in New York City. The program continues to welcome new partners, explore new subject matter, and provide more opportunities for future industry leaders to learn and collaborate every year.

Upcoming Presentation


Our partners are the most critical component of Design Build Excellence’s success.

The leadership, knowledge and experience they bring shape DBE’s content and outreach.

We thank our partners for their continued support, creativity and knowledge sharing.

Time and again proving there is always time for a greater cause.

2023 Accomplishments

19 Active Partners
39 Virtual Classes Held
8 Presentations
125 Total Hours of Learning
172 Participants
7 Training Programs