Design Futures Council Membership

The executive leadership of the Design Futures Council (DFC) selects candidate members for the organization each year. There are three categories of DFC membership: Professional Executive, for professional practices in architecture, engineering, construction and design; Institutional Affiliate, for design education institutions, nonprofits, and government agencies; and Commercial, for building product manufacturers and other providers to A/E/C.

Firms and organizations are invited to membership based on several factors including, but not limited to:

  • Excellence in design, engineering, and delivery practice or education
  • Reputation for innovation and forward-thinking contributions to the industry or academia
  • Deep and broad service to market sectors
  • Potential for meaningful contribution to the thought and trend leadership of the DFC

Leaders of member organizations bring their best thinking to each DFC gathering, ensuring that every summit drives forward movement, transformation, and actionable outcomes.


Membership in the Design Futures Council benefits firms and organizations in a variety of ways:

  • Eligibility to participate in the Graduate Presentation Program
  • Onsite DesignIntelligence forums
  • Priority access to DI Media
  • Priority invitations to Design Futures Council events
  • Eligibility to participate in industry-defining DI Research projects


Direct participation by members is essential to reaping sustainable value from their involvement with the DFC. Firms and organizations that accept invitations to join the Design Futures Council commit to active participation through:

  • Promotion and endorsement of the Design Futures Council across the industry and academy
  • Careful and intentional participation in all DI Research surveys
  • Direct access to member organization subject matter experts for DesignIntelligence editorial and research guidance
  • Attendance at a minimum of two DFC events per year