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Kirk Teske

At a Glance

Class Year: 1983

Award Year: 2016

Degree: Bachelor of Environmental Design

Profession: Architecture


Kirk Teske, who earned a Bachelor of Environmental Design degree in 1983, is chief operating officer at HKS, Inc. He led the development of several of the sustainable design movement’s earliest and most newsworthy projects and some of the largest sustainably-designed buildings in the world. One of the projects, the Sabre Corporate Campus in Southlake, Texas, is the state’s first “green” building, the first registered under the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Green Building Rating System and the first facility in North Texas to achieve LEED Silver Certification. The building also made “green” design part of the public vernacular in North Texas through extensive media coverage, numerous public tours and conference presentations. The 150-acre campus hosts 480,000 square feet of office space, a storm water reservoir that provides all the water necessary to irrigate the campus’ organic landscaping, newly created wetlands, one of the first Energy Star-compliant roof coating systems, walking and bike trials. Additional, Teske-led “green” developments followed, including a corporate campus for Radio Shack in a formerly blighted Fort Worth riverfront site, CityCenter, in Las Vegas, which set a standard for environmentally responsible, large-scale developments, and Apogee Stadium on the University of North Texas campus, the globe’s first LEED Platinum collegiate athletic facility. “He has helped to forever change how design is done in the region,” said Jill Jordan, city of Dallas assistant city manager. He has also championed “green” design in meetings with state and federal legislators and representatives of municipalities, school districts and universities. Teske also transforms the built environment as president of the Dallas AIA chapter, founding chairman of the USGBC North Texas chapter and a board member of Earth Day Texas. Among his many honors and recognitions include elevation to LEED Fellow, USGBC’s most prestigious designation. In 2015, he was elevated to the AIA’s College of Fellows for achieving a standard of excellence in the architecture profession and for significant contributions to architecture and society.