Kristi Gollwitzer, Class XXXII
Kristi M. Gollwitzer, P.E. is Director of Projects at Scenic Houston where she drives streetscape and public space enhancement initiatives from concept to completion. She collaborates with an array of public and private partners to move these plans forward and to deliver capital projects on time and on budget.
Prior to Scenic Houston, Kristi spent 15+ years as a structural engineer with Walter P Moore, an international, multi-discipline engineering firm. Kristi was promoted to stockholder and firm principal in 2014, making her the fifth female principal in the firm’s 88-year history. With both project-level and leadership/management responsibilities, Kristi was the firm’s first market sector leader for higher education pursuits. A true seller-doer, Kristi balanced the demands of bringing in new business while managing and engineering current projects. As a business developer, she tracked the market to find new opportunities and strategize with project delivery partners to win new work. Kristi served as Project Manager and Engineer of Record on the following key projects throughout the city of Houston: George R. Brown Convention Center Improvements, Rice University Music and Performing Arts Center, The Gordy at Stages Repertory Theatre and Garage, University of Houston Multi- disciplinary Research and Engineering Building, University of Houston Student Center Transformation.
As a volunteer, her passions led to several organizations, including the Rice Design Alliance, whose mission is committed to the built environment in Houston. Over the past 10 years she served on the strategic planning committee, finance committee, as the young professionals chair, and finally as President in 2017-2018. In addition, she has served on the University of Texas at Austin Civil Engineering Department’s External Advisory Committee, and as a volunteer for Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo and Texas Bowl. Perhaps her most fulfilling, yet sometimes heart-wrenching, endeavor is being a Child Advocate for children of at-risk families in the foster system. Kristi is a graduate of Leadership Houston’s Class XXXII and she is currently serving as Co-Chair for Class XXXVIII.
Kristi was named Houston Business Journal’s 40 under 40 in 2017, Engineering News Record’s Top 20 under 40 in 2018 and UT Austin’s Civil Engineering Young Alumni of the Year in 2019. She obtained a B.S. in Civil Engineering and M.S. in Structural Engineering, both from the University of Texas at Austin.