CIB is an association under Dutch law.

The final responsibility for CIB’s policy lies with the General Assembly, which takes place annually and in which the appointed representatives of the CIB member organisations have the right to participate. At every third annual meeting of the General Assembly that takes place in conjunction with the triennial CIB World Building Congress, the CIB President, other Officers and other members of the Board are elected for a three-year period.


The Board has the following Standing Committees:

OC – Officers’ Committee
PC – Programme Committee
AC – Administrative Committee
MCC – Membership and Communications Committee
SCC – Student Chapters Committee

The elected President is the Chair of the OC. The chairs of the PC and AC are elected in position by the General Assembly. The chairs of the MCC and SCC and the members of the PC, AC, MCC and SCC are appointed by the Board.

The Officers’ Committee comprises of the President, the Immediate Past President, two Vice Presidents, the Treasurer who acts as the AC chair and the PC Chair. The appointed chairs of the MCC and SCC attend the meetings of the OC as permanent guests.

The Programme Committee has a responsibility for the CIB research and innovation related activities. It recommends the Board to establish new Commissions and Theme Groups and to appoint new Coordinators. It conducts an ongoing review of the performances of those commissions and theme groups and it terminates them when appropriate.

The Administrative Committee deals with the CIB finances, membership applications and the functioning of the CIB Secretariat.

The Membership and Communications Committee deals with CIB’s internal and external communications.

The Student Chapters Committee establishes and monitors the performances of the University based and National CIB Student Chapters.

At the very heart of the CIB organisation are the CIB Commissions, in which appointed representatives of CIB Member Organisations meet, exchange information and collaborate in international projects. These may take the form of either a Task Group with a limited programme that can be accomplished within a defined period, or a Working Commission.

Each Commission has a defined scope and objectives and a defined work programme with deliverables. Each Commission is chaired by a Coordinator or by two Joint Coordinators who facilitate the Commission's activities and who communicate on its behalf with the CIB Programme Committee and with the CIB General Secretariat and in some cases also with other Organisations with which a Commission has a liaison.

University Members can have CIB Student Chapters, in which student members exchange information and collaborate in projects and topics that relate to the CIB scope and objectives.

CIB Commissions can set up International Student Chapters, in which student members from Universities from all over the worlds exchange information and collaborate on topics within the scope and objectives of a Commission.

In various regions in the world the CIB Board has set up Regional Offices and appointed Regional Directors, who focus on regional membership retention and acquisition and who address regional research issues that may be of global importance. These Regional Directors participate in the meetings of the CIB Board as permanent Guest.

The CIB General Secretariat is located in The Netherlands and operates under the supervision of the CIB Secretary General. It serves the CIB Members, Commissions and Theme Groups, Student Chapters and Board.