Ron Klemencic

MKA, Chairman, CEO | Seattle, United States

Ron Klemencic is Chairman and CEO of Magnusson Klemencic Associates (MKA), an award-winning, 185-person, structural and civil engineering firm founded in 1920 and headquartered in Seattle, Washington. Ron has worked on projects in 29 states and 25 countries, including multi-block developments as large as 11.5-million square feet and buildings as tall as 112 stories. A past 5-year Chairman of the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat, Ron is one of the preeminent high-rise structural engineers practicing today. His noteworthy project portfolio includes iconic designs such as Salesforce Tower in San Francisco; 150 North Riverside, Aqua, and Vista Tower in Chicago; and Rainier Square Redevelopment in Seattle. In addition to many other research initiatives, Ron has played a key role in advancing Performance Based Structural Fire Engineering.


Working Group: Performance Based Seismic Design, Co-Chair (2015 – Present)

CTBUH Fellow (2011)

Fazlur R. Khan Lifetime Achievement Award (2016)

CTBUH Chairman (2001 – 2006)

Awards Structural Engineering Jury (Chair 2019)


03 November 2016

Ron Klemencic, Chairman & CEO, Magnusson Klemencic Associates; Joseph Chou, Chairman, Taipei Financial Center Corporation; Mark Sarkisian, Partner of Structural Engineering, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill;...


16 September 2014

Donald Davies & Ron Klemencic, Magnusson Klemencic Associates

To help advance Life Cycle Analysis (LCA) for building systems, this paper reviews the history and state of LCA practice in the U.S. from a...


19 September 2012

Christopher Groesbeck, VOA Associates; Jon DeVries & John McDonald, Roosevelt University; Ron Klemencic, MKA

In the future, the University will need to consider vertical models to co-exist within their urban cores and create a living and working balance. With...