About

Don Davies is President of Magnusson Klemencic Associates (MKA), a 190-person international, award-winning structural and civil engineering firm headquartered in Seattle, Washington. He is an industry recognized leader in high-rise design and an industry champion for the promotion of urban density and low-carbon construction. Sought out for his creativity, international expertise, and sustainably-driven innovations, Don’s projects are located in over 50 major metropolitan centers and 18 countries. His portfolio includes over 47 Performance-Based Seismic Design towers in areas of high seismicity and towers up to 105 stories tall.

He is a founding member of the Carbon Leadership Forum, an Advisory Board member of the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH), and a Board Member for the International Association of Life Cycle Civil Engineers. In addition, Don is a key member of the…

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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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