About the IAG
The Industry Advisory Group (IAG) is an advisory committee to the Bureau of Overseas Buildings Operations (OBO), governed under the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA). The IAG serves the U.S. government solely in an advisory capacity concerning industry and academia’s latest concepts, methods, best practices, innovations and ideas related to OBO’s mission to provide safe, secure, functional, and resilient facilities that represent the U.S. government to the host nation.
Comprised of up to 35 noted professionals drawn from architecture, real estate, urban design, landscape architecture, historic preservation, interior design, graphic design, construction, engineering, and facilities management, members serve a two-year term.
The group comes together in Washington, D.C. annually, to discuss specific issues relative to the program. These annual meetings are open to the public and include international guests. The list of potential candidates runs the gamut from internationally-known architects, engineers, designers, and construction contractors to those with emerging practices or working in related fields.
In addition to attending the annual meeting, IAG members meet throughout the year with OBO on design, construction, and other related project and program reviews and evaluations.
IAG members lend their expertise to the U.S. government while working alongside the best in industry. To submit a candidate to be considered for this unique opportunity, please complete to submit the nomination with a cover letter and resume. Nominations for the 2023 – 2026 term are accepted on a rolling basis.
2021 – 2023 IAG Members
2022 IAG Annual Meeting
OBO hosted its 2022 Industry Advisory Group (IAG) Annual Meeting on September 15 with nearly 500 attendees in person and virtually, including our peers, industry partners, and colleagues from the Architect of the Capitol, U.S. Department of Transportation, General Services Administration, and other governmental institutions.
Grace Farms Design for Freedom CEO Sharon Prince delivered the keynote address and was joined by Senior Advisor to the U.S. Department of State’s Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons Amy Richard O’Neill, and Director at SHoP Architects Paul Frederickson, for a discussion on the topic of modern slavery in the material supply chain. OBO is the first government owner who has committed to eliminating slave labor from the material supply chain, and the keynote presentation reinforced the importance of our commitment and asked those that work and are interested in working with us to commit as well.
We also held panels on the importance of social value for our portfolio and the efforts and impact of the work of Art in Embassies and OBO’s Office of Cultural Heritage.
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