Engineering the
Design Journey

Derive Engineers is a multidisciplinary consulting engineering firm of skilled, passionate and experienced people. The Derive team seeks to balance the rational pursuit of the engineering solution with the openness to serendipitous opportunity in support of the best design solution for our clients. Together we engineer the design journey.



Our collective prides itself on our highly customized design response feedback loops based on iterative analysis meshed with empirical data to create an open dialog with our clients and fellow designers.

Design Services

Derive Engineers understands that we are living in a world with finite resources and advocates responsible environmental design decisions to support our client’s sustainability goals within all our service offerings.

We offer the following design services:

Building Services Engineering


Engineering Master Planning

Post Occupancy

Derive Engineers sees the provision of integrated MEP design services as a journey of exploration in the pursuit of the ideal solution for each and every one of our clients.


Derive Engineers was founded to provide innovative engineering design solutions for the built environment through detailed analysis and design team dialogue. The partnership brings together over 75 years of world-class MEP building service engineering experience from around the globe through their prior careers with BuroHappold Engineering.

Niall Cooper

Bob Kearns, P. E.

Michael Huang, P. E.


Derive Engineers’ portfolio of experience spans across key Past Projects as well as numerous Current Projects underway in our studio spanning the Cultural, Educational, Commercial and Residential sectors.

Current Projects

Additional Current Projects:

Pearson Street Condominiums; Long Island City, NY USA – Marvel Architects

21 Greenwich Avenue; New York, NY USA – BKSK Architects

Gillen Brewer School; New York, NY USA – MBB Architects

30 Thompson Street; New York, NY eUSA – Rogers Architects

Houston Fire Museum; Houston, TX USA – Clayton Fry Architects

Past Projects

The following are select projects completed by our team.  Please note, projects completed prior to 2017 were designed while at BuroHappold.


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Join Our Team

Derive Engineers is a growing organization that is always searching for motivated, curious individuals that are looking for an engaging career in engineering. The following are the current openings within our team:

Internships for Summer 2024 and Graduate Engineer positions are available for mechanical, electrical and plumbing / fire protection engineers.  Please see all postings on our Handshake webpage.

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