Dirk Kestner

Dirk Kestner

Dirk Kestner, PE, NCEES, LEED AP BD+C

Director of Sustainable Design

As Walter P Moore’s Director of Sustainable Design, Dirk leads the firm in its endeavors to ensure environmental responsibility and sustainable design innovation and stewardship. Also the leader of WPM’s Sustainable Design Community of Practice, he has guided more than 40 professionals and delivered numerous presentations on sustainability for structural engineering at regional and national conferences.  Dirk is the founding chairman of the Structural Engineering Institute Sustainability Committee, the foremost organization advancing sustainability in the structural engineering community. In addition, he has published multiple articles in STRUCTURE magazine and is a past winner of the Environmental Protection Agency’s Lifecycle Building Challenge. Dirk is a professional engineer in the states of Texas and Georgia and is a LEED Accredited Professional/Building Design + Construction. He holds a Master of Science in Structural Engineering from The University of Texas at Austin and graduated Cum Laude from Cornell University with a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering.

See Dirk's discussion on Embracing LEED v4 and Broadening Scope of Sustainability Rating Systems

Why did you choose Walter P Moore?
…to work on complex projects with collaborative, creative coworkers; commitment to education, learning; to lead sustainability initiatives, help shape stewardship commitment.
What three words best describe you?
Caring. Loyal. Determined.
What gives you the most satisfaction in your work?
…seeing the final product.
What’s the best advice you’ve received—so far?
Always leave things better than you found them.


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Sustainability Guidelines for the Structural Engineer, co-edited with Jennifer Goupil and Emily Lorenz, October 2010

"Achieving Sustainability through Durability, Adaptability, and Deconstructability,” STRUCTURE magazine, March 2010

“Sustainability: Thinking Beyond the Checklist,” STRUCTURE magazine, September 2009

“Quantifying Sustainability: How we measure “green,” Structural Engineer magazine, December 2007

“Sustainable Design: New Opportunities for Innovation," STRUCTURE magazine, September 2007

“Sustainability Action Plan for the Structural Engineer,” STRUCTURE magazine, August, 2005