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Professional Member
American Institute of Architects

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Lawrence Bowen is a Certified Professional Building Designer (NCBDC #03137) , Founding Principal & Registered Agent of

VQ Design PLLC


Tertiary education:

  • Harvard Graduate School of Design

  • École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Swizterland

  • Universitat Politècnica de València, Spain

  • Dartmouth Engineering Thayer School

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Certified Professional Building Designer

A Certified Professional Building Designer (CPBD) is a person who designs buildings and advises in their construction. He has been thoroughly vetted by the American Institute of Building Design (AIBD) and has passed the exams of the National Council of Building Designer Certification (NCBDC). Qualified Building Designers have successfully completed advanced studies in architecture and structural design and are required to continue regular professional education to maintain their certification, which is renewed annually. Primarily, CPBDs are utilized to provide what is needed to build commercial and residential structures, starting with initial concepts down to finalizing the construction documentation that is required for the issuance of the building permits. CPBDs are design professionals  involved in every aspect of a commercial or a residential building, from the site plan to the roof plan.


Thus, in the world of building, CPBDs:​

  • Are experts in architectural and structural design.

  • Should optimize the design for your structure/home, site, and budget.

  • Can provide concept drawings, blueprints and construction documents for permits.

  • Help you through the construction process.

  • Are educated in the health, safety, and welfare of the people who will inhabit the buildings they design.

A Professional Member of the American Institute of Building Design (AIBD) is an individual who is actively engaged in the professional practice of residential and/or commercial design either as the proprietor of, or as a design employee of, a firm providing professional building design services. The National Council of Building Designer Certification (NCBDC) administers the exams for its national certification program. Those who have been certified by the NCBDC are granted use of the title: Certified Professional Building Designer (CPBD).

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