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, with a branch office in Chicago, Illinois.

Klemencic has worked on projects in 29 states and 25 countries, including multi-block developments as large as 11.5 million square feet (106,838 square meters) and buildings as tall as 112 stories. His noteworthy project portfolio includes iconic high-rise designs such as Salesforce Tower (San Francisco, CA); 150 North Riverside, Aqua, and St. Regis (Chicago, IL); and Rainier Square (Seattle, WA).

A former CTBUH Chairman, Klemencic is one of the preeminent high-rise structural engineers practicing today. He is consistently sought out by developers, architects, and contractors for his creativity, “big picture” approach, and unique ability to…

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CTBUH Designated Expert


Expert Peer Review Committee, Member (2014 – Present, 2015 – Present)

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

CTBUH Fellow (2011)

Fazlur R. Khan Lifetime Achievement Award (2016)

CTBUH Chairman (2001 – 2006)

Annual Conference, Presenter (New York 2005; Chicago 2009; China 2016; Chicago 2019)


03 November 2016

2016 Awards - Session 2 Q&A

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


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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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19 September 2012

Tall Buildings in Future Development of Metropolitan Universities

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...


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