MooreTalent: Kristi Grizzle Breaks Records, Scoring FOUR Top 'Under 40' Awards

MooreTalent: Kristi Grizzle Breaks Records, Scoring FOUR Top 'Under 40' Awards

January 3, 2018

As the saying goes, "third time's a charm," but for this super star, that magic number would be FOUR. It’s not every day that someone is awarded for their outstanding-ness THREE times in less than a year, but FOUR?! Indeed, our own Kristi Gollwitzer (formerly Grizzle) has done just that!

A principal and project manager in our Houston Structures Group, Kristi 
was recently chosen as a 2018 ENR Texas & Louisiana Top Young Professional, her fourth such recognition in less than a year.

After weeks of review, an independent panel of judges has selected ENR Texas & Louisiana’s Top Young Professionals for 2018. Formerly Top 20 Under 40, this revised program honors a max of 20 honorees in each region, and limits the number of winners from a specific firm at three and no more than two honorees from one office. Submissions were only accepted from entrants aged 40 and younger.

Firms from across the region submitted approximately 50 entries into this year’s contest—from Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Oklahoma, and Texas. These individuals are judged by three primary criteria: industry experience and education; career and industry leadership; and community service and involvement.

Texas & Louisiana's 2018 Top Young Professionals

In April 2017, Kristi was named a ‘Top 40 Under 40’ by the Houston Business Journal. She was chosen from among hundreds of individuals from across all industries, and the honorees included CEOs and other leaders at a variety of for-profit and nonprofit organizations. Judges scored nominees on leadership, overcoming challenges, and community involvement.

The following month, Civil + Structural Engineer announced their 2017 Rising Stars in Civil and Structural Engineering, which recognized 29 professionals “40 years old or younger working in the United States, who have shown exceptional technical capability, leadership ability, effective teaching or research, or public service benefiting the civil and structural engineering profession, their employers, project owners, and society.” Kristi was additionally selected as one of only 17 Rising Stars (nationwide) in Structural Engineering and was briefly highlighted in the May issue of Civil + Structural Engineer

And to round out her 2017 accolades, Kristi was featured in Building Design + Construction's 40 Under 40 in their September issue among AEC industry's rising stars. Applauded for her work with Child Advocates, Children's Champion Kristi was hailed as "a structural engineer who protects and serves foster children as a court-appointed advocate."

Congratulations, Kristi!


Structural engineer Kristi M. Gollwitzer, P.E., LEED AP is a principal and project manager at Walter P Moore. Having spent her entire 13+-year career with the firm, Kristi was promoted to firm principal in 2014 when there were just four female principals (out of 96 principals). Hailing from Lewisville, Texas, Kristi earned her Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering and Master’s degree in Structural Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin.

Kristi has designed and managed a variety of building types throughout her career, including higher education buildings, hospitals, convention centers, office buildings, condominium towers, and parking garages. Most recently, she completed the George R. Brown Convention Center renovation in downtown Houston, which was a very high-profile facility that hosted several events for the 2017 Super Bowl LI and is a major component of the economic revitalization of the East Downtown (EaDo) district. In addition to managing projects, she leads business development efforts in the Higher Education market in Texas.

Outside of her professional life, Kristi devotes much of her time to volunteering, including serving as a Child Advocate for at-risk families, teaching at St. Anne Catholic Church, designing and building service projects for Engineering Ministries International, and serving on various committees for the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. She is a long-time board member of the Rice Design Alliance and is currently President for the 2017-2018 year. Another of Kristi’s distinguished accomplishments — and one that imparted invaluable life skills benefitting both her professional and volunteer endeavors — was graduating from Leadership Houston’s Class XXXII. Her 50+ fellow classmates honored her with the “Speed of Trust” Award, which is based on Stephen Covey’s leadership tenet that values trust as one of the primary indicators of organizational success.

When she’s not engineering, volunteering, or sleeping, Kristi is most likely running, biking, or swimming (either separately or all together — she’s completed 10 triathlons and two MS150 events). She’s also a huge college football fan (her can’t-live-without app is ESPN Sports Center) and a world-traveler (she has just one continent left to visit).

Fun Fact: Her time for the 100-yard breaststroke (1:07.91) is still the record at her high school, 20 years later.