About

Don Davies is President of Magnusson Klemencic Associates (MKA), an award-winning, 185-person, structural and civil engineering firm founded in 1920 and headquartered in Seattle, Washington, with a branch office in Chicago, Illinois.

His portfolio of design work includes mixed-use, high-rise, Performance-Based Design towers as tall as 105 stories and located in more than 19 countries and 50 major metropolitan centers.

An industry champion for the promotion of urban density, sustainable design, and low-carbon construction, Don is a founding member of the MKA Foundation, the Carbon Leadership Forum, and BuildingTransparency.org, as well as a member of the leadership team that created the Embodied Carbon in Construction Calculator (EC3)—a free, open-access database and tool that helps identify building materials containing lower-embodied carbon.

Don serves on CTBUH’s Advisory Board, as…

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CTBUH Designated Expert

CTBUH Roles

Chapter Chair, Seattle (2018 – Present)

Expert Peer Review Committee, Member (2014 – Present)

Seattle Chapter, Chair (2018 – Present)

City Representative, Seattle (2013 – 2017)

Height and Data Committee (2013 – 2017)

Working Group: Building Damping Technologies (2015 – 2018)

Working Group: LCA of Structural Systems (2013 – 2015)

Videos

18 May 2017

What's the Biggest Threat to a Skyscraper?

Chicago, United States of America. Hosted in collaboration with the Chicago Architecture Foundation, the second event in the Building Tall lecture series featured presentations by...

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Research

28 October 2019

Structural Innovations: Past / Present / Future

Don Davies, Magnusson Klemencic Associates

The towers of 50 years ago utilized simple and strong constructions, built upon bold, but easily comprehensible, structural techniques that were developed collaboratively by the...

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Research

16 September 2014

Life Cycle Analysis: Are We There Yet?

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...

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