Ron Klemencic

MKA, Chairman, CEO | Seattle, United States


Ron Klemencic is Chairman and C.E.O. of Magnusson Klemencic Associates, an award-winning, 200-person structural and civil engineering firm headquartered in Seattle, Washington, with a branch office in 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 30-year career, Ron has worked on projects in 24 states and 24 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.

Since pioneering the development and U.S. adoption of ""Performance-Based Seismic Design"" (PBSD) methodology for high-rise buildings, Ron continues to advance the application,…

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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...