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Tyson Dirksen

Sustainable Real Estate Developer, Broker, General Contractor, Building Scientist, founder of The Evolve Companies... & Pilot


Penthouse Of Larkin St Project

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About Tyson

Spending most of his childhood chasing lizards, frogs, snakes, and spiders through the orchards of Northern California, Tyson saw the impact of the 1980’s drought on the environment. This led him to become passionate about environmental conservation, the importance of raw resources, and sustainability at a young age. With his parents involved in real estate, he started to think about how the built environment had a big impact on climate change and the consumption of raw resources. As a freshman in high school, he remembers reading how “the built environment produced 40% of global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions (significantly impacting global warming)” and, from that day forward, he married his love for real estate and urban planning with his passion for environmental conservation and sustainability. Tyson is now an expert in the high-performance green building industry and is the founder of the Evolve Companies. Evolve is a vertically integrated real estate company with brokerage, construction, building supply, and development teams that work together to create cutting edge healthy, sustainable, smart, and resilient buildings. 

Tyson has a Masters in Real Estate Development & Finance from MIT and BA in Psychology from Brown University. He is a licensed California real estate broker, California general contractor, LEED AP, Green Point rater, Passive House designer, Well certified, and HERS Rater.

To learn more about how Evolve builds go to our "How We Build" page.

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Experience & Skills

Experience & Skills


2005 - Pres      Evolve Development Group (San Francisco, CA)

Founder, President

Evolve Development invested in land, value-add, and ground up development projects with the goal of having a positive impact to the surrounding community, future inhabitants, and the environment. Being a vertically integrated real estate company, Evolve lead the development process from cradle to disposition:

·       Identified undervalued properties that fit Evolve’s investment strategies

·       Completed all pre-purchase due diligence:

         o   Prepared project feasibility

         o   Preliminary entitlement meetings with city

         o   Cost and schedule analysis

         o   Comparable and market analysis

         o   Disposition and profit analysis

·       Led acquisition of projects including brokerage and legal through Evolve Real Estate Group

·       Designed the project with architect, structural engineer, geotechnical engineer, historic consultant, land use attorney, general contractor, code specialist, permit expediter, green building specialist, and interior designer

·       Designed, procured, and installed high-performance, green building materials, technologies, and systems through Evolve Building Supply

·       Created subcontractor contracts and oversaw construction costs, quality, and schedule with head of construction and project manager through Evolve Building

·       Commissioned buildings with green building specialists and Evolve Building Supply specialists

·       Marketed and sold units or entire project through Evolve Real Estate Group


2007 - Pres      Evolve Real Estate Group (San Francisco, CA)

Founder, President

Evolve Real Estate Group is a multi-disciplinary real estate brokerage company bringing proven expertise to every aspect of real estate brokerage: Acquisition; Property Management; and Disposition.


2011 - Pres     Evolve Building (San Francisco, CA)

Founder, President

Evolve Building is a design-build construction company specializing in the design and construction of technologically advanced buildings such as Net Zero Passive House buildings. Evolve's methodology utilizes an integrative building science-based approach to enhance the performance, comfort, durability, indoor air quality, and energy efficiency of the building. Evolve loves working with architects, general contractors, engineers, and owners to design and build innovative, cutting-edge buildings.

2018 - Pres      Evolve Building Supply (San Francisco, CA)

Founder, President

Evolve Building Supply helps everyone create high-performance, integrated, sustainable buildings that go beyond certification and last for generations. We do this by utilizing enhanced building-science techniques and high-performance building products and equipment. We procure these market leading green building materials, technologies, and systems from all over the world.


2007-2008       Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Cambridge, MA)

  Master of Science in Real Estate Development and Finance (4.8 GPA out of 5)                                            



1998-2002       Brown University (Providence, RI)

  Bachelor of Arts in Psychology                                                                          





Licenses:          CA General Contractor, CA Real Estate Broker, LEED AP, Green Point Rater, Well Certified, Passive House Contractor, HERS Rater, Private Pilot

Languages:      Fluent in Spanish

Computers:    Microsoft Office Suite, Argus, Microsoft Project, AutoCAD, WrightSoft, PlanSwift

Interests:          Sustainability, Urban Planning, Energy Efficiency, Traveling, Skiing, Soccer, Tennis, Water Polo, Cycling, and Triathlons