Ryan Dirks

Ryan Dirks



"High performance design means doing more with less. By designing thoughtfully, we can create better quality spaces that use less resources."

Ryan’s interest in sustainable design started early in his youth when he learned that climate change might limit his choice of ski slopes. Since then, the avid skier has devoted his career to finding ways to reduce our impact on the environment while providing exceptional spaces for building occupants and their communities.  His expertise is in all things related to building enclosures, building-science education, and especially energy and carbon.  He applies his experience as a project architect to help teams find cost-effective solutions that reduce carbon emissions while simultaneously improving the quality of experience for the building’s occupants.  Since 2008, Ryan has worked in a variety of practice areas, ranging from single-family Passive Houses to hospital towers and nearly everything in between.  He applies this breadth of experience to every project and strives to help create practical solutions that improve performance no matter what the project constraints are.

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Ryan is especially passionate about the Passive House certification system due to its exceptional track record of delivering significant energy savings while providing superior indoor environmental quality.  He helped write the textbook Passive House Details, has presented at Passive House conferences, and is leading the charge to educate PE project teams about the benefits of certification.


  • Phone:

  • +1 (202) 971-4914
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  • Education

  • University of Oregon; M.S. Architecture
  • Iowa State University; B.Arch
  • Associations

  • American Institute of Architects
  • U.S. Green Building Council, LEED AP