Dan Kirby

Former President, Orlando Utilities Commission & Principal at


Dan has translated a lifelong love of cities into a career as an architect, planner, and development consultant. His experience includes the planning, design, and development of successful mixed-use, office, hospitality, government, multi-family, and education projects. In addition to buildings, his work has also included district and campus plans.

A seasoned development and design executive, Dan has engaged in the real estate development process from all sides and brings an advanced understanding of the elements required to shape desirable and competitive projects. He has managed the design of projects with construction values of up to US$175M and led feasibility and planning studies for projects with an estimated value over US$1B.

In addition, Dan taught design in the architecture program at the University of Central Florida and project management at the Keller Graduate School of Management. He also led the Jacobs team for the Envision 2040 Design Competition where he brought a focus on incorporating sustainability, pedestrian-friendly environments, and public art. In this international competition, the Jacobs Team was the top Central Florida team and was awarded second place overall. Following the Legaunne Earthquake in Haiti, he was one of only twenty American planners and designers selected to participate in a city planning effort organized by AIA Legacy.

For nearly a decade, Dan served as a member for the Orlando Utilities Commission, including two terms as Commission President. In that role, Dan provided key leadership in transforming the culture to focus on sustainability as a core value, deployment of smart meter infrastructure, electric vehicle readiness, and implementation of a new customer care and billing technology. He has been a speaker before national and international industry groups including: American Public Power, IEEE, and the Solar Electric Power Association.

In 2016, Dan was elevated to Fellowship in the American Institute of Architects. In addition, he has been honored as a Louise Blanchard Bethune Fellow, as a recipient of the AIA Orlando Medal of Honor, and the AIA Florida Silver Medal.