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Realizing Iconic Architecture through Collaboration

CEE 298 Winter Seminar Series
Ron Klemencic, Magnusson Klemencic Associates
Tuesday, January 19, 2016 - 4:15 pm
Shriram 104

Iconic architecture doesn’t happen in a vacuum.  The realities of budget, schedule, and use often threaten the delivery of the most ambitious projects.  At the heart of every success is deep-rooted collaboration between the architects and engineers.  Magnusson Klemencic Associates is a structural and civil engineering firm with a long and consistent history of turning dreams into reality.  Ron Klemencic, Chairman and CEO of MKA, will share some highlights of recent projects and the extraordinary adventures that accompanied them.  


Ron Klemencic, P.E., S.E., Hon. AIA, is Chairman/C.E.O. of Magnusson Klemencic Associates, an award-winning, 200-person structural and civil engineering firm headquartered in Seattle with offices in Shanghai and Chicago.  He earned his B.S. in Civil Engineering from Purdue University in 1985 and his M.S. in Structural Engineering from the University of California Berkeley in 1986. Over his 29-year career, Ron has worked on projects in 24 states and 23 countries, with developments up to 650,000 m² (7 million ft²) and towers up to 112 stories. A past 5-year Chairman and current Fellow of the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat, Ron is known for his creativity, innovation, and focus on complex high-rise and mixed-use designs.  

Passionate about advancing the A/E/C industry, Ron is a frequent invited presenter at conferences around the world. He has also instructed graduate students at the University of Washington, University of California Berkeley, and University of Illinois, among others.  Ron continues to lead the development and adoption throughout the U.S. of "Performance-Based Seismic Design" (PBSD) methodology for high-rise buildings, which provides buildings with increased safety, reliability, and flexibility at a reduced cost.  In recognition of his significant contributions, Ron was named an Honorary Member of the American Institute of Architects - one of just 10 named in 2014 and the only engineer, received the Distinguished Engineering Alumni Award from Purdue University in 2013, and was recognized as one of the Top 10 Most Influential Structural Engineers of 2011 by the Structural Engineering Institute.