Joined EMI: March 2010
Professional Training & Experience
- BDesign, University of Florida, Gainesville, 1991
- MArch, University of Texas, Austin, 1993
- Registered Architect in Florida, NCARB
Dirk is passionate about innovative design solutions through collaborative planning and integrative problem solving. Growing up in Chicago, exposure to outstanding architecture was a catalyst into the field he loves. Following his education, interest in quality design developed throughout his 16+ year professional career by way of varied exposure to institutional, retail and healthcare project types. Dirk has been NCARB registered in Texas and Florida.
Raised in a bi-cultural home, ethnic sensitivities became a fabric in Dirk’s soul, stoked through broad immersion into the beautiful world of international missions. As much as the zeal for architecture burned within, there was a lingering call throughout his professional experience to weave it somehow with the Lord’s purposes on a global scale. That grip on his heart has led Dirk’s EMI journey over the past 17 years, as he seeks to bring honor to Christ’s name, with mind and pencil, among the vulnerable and those where His glorious name remains untold. Since joining staff as a project leader in 2011, Dirk’s focus has developed toward the marvelous puzzles of mission healthcare design and leading the Design Studio of the USA office.
Dirk married his best friend, Joy, in 1991 and have enjoyed living in Texas and Florida, but now call Colorado home, particularly venturing off onto mountain trails whenever possible. Having recently completed her Mediation credentials, Joy is actively engaged in healthy and appropriate conflict resolution amidst churches and non-profit organizations. Their three young adult children (Kelvyn, Kyra & Kaden) are now exploring life on their own, while still living nearby.