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Society for Design Administration

In a busy design firm 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. We are the SDA, and invite you to connect with our nationwide team of extraordinary professionals!

We believe that as a group we are stronger,  and that collaboration, knowledge and the creation of relevant lifelong connections empowers and drives the professional growth of our members.

We accomplish this through Education, Networking, and Resources that focus on the specific needs of Management and Administrative professionals in the A/E/C industry.

We are SDA Portland!


“Upon entering the Design Profession in 1983, my principal handed me a construction dictionary and an application to join SDA, and although both proved invaluable, my membership in SDA provided me with the tools I needed to lead some large architect firms in Dallas and the National SDA organization. It also became the catalyst to start my own placement recruiting firm and consulting services.

I feel SDA’s “resources”and “value membership” benefit not only me, as a design professional, but also the firms and candidates I represent and serve today in our Industry.”

B. Carole Steadham, SDA/C, Hon. AIA
Past SDA National President


Who is SDA? 

For over 50 years, the Society for Design Administration (SDA) 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 composed of personnel in the design profession, including architecture, engineering, construction, landscape and interior design.

To preserve our SDA heritage, 1988 National President Wanda G. Holcombe, SDA/C, dreamed of tracing our roots and the aspirations of our founders from the beginning to the present. A committee chaired by Mildred Arnold, SDA/C (Dallas), accomplished this goal by publishing The SAA Story in 1989. Since that time our organization has evolved and the SDA Story has been updated to record those changes.

The Portland Chapter is proud of the part it played as one of the early chapters of SDA.  In 1982, Portland formed a SDA chapter.  Their purpose was to facilitate communication amongst architectural admins to further their education in all areas of architectural administration work, to enhance their abilities in that field, and in general, to effectively contribute to the advancement of the profession of architecture.

Our Chapters Beginnings

The Portland Chapter, has come a long way since, and while we have expanded our reach to all aspects of operations and administration, we have remained passionate about the success of our members.  We believe that as a group we are stronger, and that collaboration, knowledge and the creation of relevant lifelong connections empowers and drives the professional growth of our members.