Kirk Mettam, PE, Executive Vice President

Senior Principal
Senior Principal Washington, DC

Professional Highlights

  • Master of Structural Engineering, Cornell University
  • Bachelor of Civil Engineering, University of Maryland
  • Silman, 1998- present
  • HLW International LLP, 1996-1998
  • Thornton-Tomasetti Engineers/Lev Zetlin Associates, 1994-1996
  • Skidmore Owings & Merrill, 1985-1994
  • Johns Hopkins University, School of Engineering, Adjunct Professor
  • Columbia University, Graduate School of Architecture, Associate Adjunct Professor
  • University of Virginia, School of Architecture, Planning & Preservation, Lecturer
  • Pratt Institute, Graduate Program in Architecture & Urban Design, Lecturer
  • Cornell University, School of Civil & Environmental Engineering, Lecturer
  • University of Maryland, School of Engineering, Civil Engineering Department, Lecturer
  • ASCE Committee on Aesthetics in Design (Past chairman), Member
  • American Concrete Institute (ACI), Member
  • American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC), Member
  • American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), Member
  • Council on Tall Buildings & Urban Habitat (CTBUH), Member
  • International Association of Bridge and Structural Engineers (IABSE), Member
  • Timber Framers Guild, Member
  • Kirk Mettam, Christopher Ruiz, & Nathan Hicks. “Balancing Emotions” Structural Engineer Magazine, Volume 13, Number 5, ZweigWhite (2012) : pp. 40-43.
  • Structural Systems for Tall Buildings’ Vol. 2 revision
  • “The Role of the Structural Engineer” Living Architecture Monitor (2009)

Professional Engineer: CA, DC, MD, MI, NY, VA, WV Green Roof Professional


Kirk Mettam has been involved in the practice of structural engineering and architecture throughout his professional career spanning more than 35 years. As Director of Silman’s Washington, DC office, he leads efforts to improve the local treatment and understanding of historic properties ranging from restoration to development through adaptive re-use methods and strategies.

Kirk has managed critical engineering efforts for numerous historic landmarks in Washington, DC, and throughout the mid-Atlantic region. His experience extends to a wide variety of structure types ranging from new high-rise office buildings, retail and mixed-use developments, hotels, airports, bridges and sports facilities, to historic structures. He has maintained an active participation in the industry though his involvement with national committees and technical publications in the fields of structural condition assessment and the evaluation of the building envelope, and in academia, teaching courses in structural engineering and architectural technology.