August 15, 2016

Kirk Teske, FAIA, LEED Fellow, HKS, Inc. chief operating officer, is one of seven former students from the Texas A&M College of Architecture who were named 2016 Outstanding Alumni. Each has risen to the top of their respective fields while making significant public service contributions. The group was nominated by former students and selected for their outstanding achievements by a college committee. Teske earned a Bachelor of Environmental Design degree from Texas A&M in 1983.

During his career, he has 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 these 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 of the water necessary to irrigate the campus’ organic landscaping, newly created wetlands, one of the first Energy Star-compliant roof coating systems and 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; City Center 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.

“Kirk Teske has helped to forever change how design is done in the region,” said Jill Jordan, city of Dallas assistant city manager. He has 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 AIA Dallas 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 College of Fellows for achieving a standard of excellence in the architecture profession and for significant contributions to architecture and society.

HKS, Inc. is one of the top three architectural firms in the United States, according to Building Design+Construction magazine. The 77-year-old firm is known for its dedication to outstanding design and performance. With 24 offices across the globe, HKS has a portfolio of more than 1,700 projects spanning 88 countries. For more information, contact Sherri Smith at

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