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Since 1903, the BDA has brought together independent architects and urban planners distinguished by the exceptional quality of their work, their personal integrity and collegiality and their shared commitment to Baukultur and professional performance. All members are appointed by the Regional Associations.
The more than 5,000 members of the BDA are among the leading independent architects in Germany. Their track record of success speaks for itself: every third Euro invested in German construction is invested in a project involving a BDA architect.
The BDA appoints only members whose character and work meet strict criteria; appointment in the BDA is both an honour and a recognition of high-quality work. 

Full membership requires the following:

  • fulltime engagement as an independent architect
  • above average skill and achievement
  • personal integrity
  • architectural licence

Civil architects, salaried architects and other types of professionals – German or foreign – can be appointed Associate Members.

Associate membership requires the following:

  • personal integrity
  • above average professional skill
  • personal achievement that promotes the goals of the BDA

Both Full Members and Associate Members may be appointed Honorary Members in recognition of their extraordinary service to the BDA, as may individuals who are not members of the BDA.

All decisions regarding BDA membership are made by the Regional Associations.

The regional associations are part of the national BDA (Bundesverband), which, in turn, is part of the Architects’ Council of Europe (ACE) and the International Union of Architects (UIA).