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We see design as the framework for our clients’ most magnificent dreams. Our intellectual curiosity and technical rigor enable us to see and implement the big picture: aesthetic vision, excellent performance, seismic resilience, cost-effectiveness, and low environmental impact. We believe that through design, we create the potential for benefit. In execution, we help our clients bring that benefit to life.
At Mar Structural Design, we steer for “the space between the rocks.” This means we nimbly navigate the surest course between physical reality and the moon. Our creative use of performance-based design guides us; invention, exploration, and refinement get us there. We’re never afraid to try something new. We see design as an infinite possibility. We look for opportunities, not obstacles.
We know that none of us is as smart as all of us. That’s why we collaborate with architects, owners, fellow designers, and builders to provide clients with the most comprehensive and cost-effective design solutions possible. We always keep the end-user in mind. And with our commitment to a “deep green” ethos, we see interconnectedness between ourselves, our partners, the greater community, and the natural world.
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David believes the key to successful design is seeing and optimizing projects as a whole while controlling construction costs. To this end, his designs are inventive and technically ingenious. Some of his many creative contributions to seismic engineering include vertically post-tensioned shear walls and rocking braced frames that return to plumb; tilting rigid spines; and skin-reinforced straw bale shear walls. David has a keen interest in Lean design and in set-based design, and he actively applies these principles to all of his work.
David’s focus on seismic and sustainable design has positioned him at the forefront of the green-building movement. His enthusiasm for “deep green” innovation has fueled the expansion of his repertoire from traditional steel, concrete, and wood construction to the use of such materials as rammed earth, bamboo, straw bale, timber frame, and structural insulated panels.
In 2013, David served as technical director for FEMA P807: Guidelines for the Seismic Retrofit of Weak-Story Multi-Unit Wood-Framed Structures. His out-of-the-box thinking resulted in a comprehensive design methodology that yielded high-performance retrofits at a low cost—thus solving one of structural engineering’s most vexing problems.
David received his undergraduate and master’s degrees from the University of California, Berkeley. He has lectured at numerous institutions, including UC Berkeley, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, Stanford University, and the Lean Construction Institute. In 1998, David was honored with SEAONC’s H.J. Brunnier Award for Outstanding Achievement in Structural Design. David is also an accomplished songwriter and guitarist. He is currently writing material for his third album.
John's dual strengths as a designer and manager play a key role in Mar Structural Design projects. He takes special pride in consistently providing the highest level of client service—from producing closely coordinated construction drawings to responding quickly and completely to job-site questions.
John comes from a long line of conservationists and has a longstanding commitment to sustainable design and renewable energy. He was the lead structural consultant for California's Solar Permitting Guidebook, and is the principal author of The Structural Permitting Toolkit and The Structural Technical Appendix, which have become key references for the solar industry. His job includes consulting with several solar support component manufacturers, helping those firms to develop and test innovative products and navigate the complex world of codes and standards.
John has extensive experience in the seismic retrofit of existing buildings and in both public and private designs, and has earned both SEAOC and NCSEA structural engineering excellence awards for his work. John received his bachelor’s degree in environmental systems from Dartmouth College and his master’s in structural engineering from the University of California, Berkeley. An avid SCUBA diver, John leads underwater survey efforts for Reef Environmental Education Foundation to monitor the health of California marine life.
Gordon deftly navigates between the overall vision and detailed execution of every project he manages. This perspective allows him to detect key challenges early in the design, and then work collaboratively to troubleshoot and deliver practical and cost-effective solutions. Gordon has extensive experience with many different building materials and with a variety of projects, ranging from custom single-family homes to large multistory buildings, and from vintage building renovations to new construction. His work with modular and pre-fab construction is ideally suited to his versatility, keen eye for detail, and systematic design approach.
Gordon grew up in the Bay Area and has witnessed the skyrocketing cost of housing here over the years. He understands and has a special fondness for affordable housing projects, which make up a significant part of his dossier.
Gordon received his bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the University of California, Berkeley. He enjoys spending time with his family, serving at his local church, and vacationing in Hawaii.
Sujin likes a challenge. She strives to keep projects well balanced and efficient. She specializes in wood structures and seismic retrofit, and has worked on many commercial and residential projects, from conceptual design to construction administration. Sujin received her bachelor's degree in architectural engineering and her master’s in engineering in steel structures from Korea University, as well as her master’s in structural engineering, mechanics, and materials from the University of California, Berkeley. In her free time, she enjoys playing tennis with her family and friends.
Hosein's creativity, tenacity, and problem-solving skills make him well-suited to take on unorthodox projects. He specializes in performance-based seismic design and non-linear analysis and is working on a variety of projects, including designing and modeling a new patent-pending modular framing system. Hosein received his bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Sharif University of Technology in Iran and his master’s and Ph.D. from the University at Buffalo. At SUNY, he developed and patented a new vibration isolation system for which he has won several business competitions. In his free time, Hosein enjoys hiking and being outdoors.
Taline specializes in cross-disciplinary concept design, collaborative modeling, and design integration, working with both new buildings and the renovation and preservation of existing and historic architecture. She also manages the firm’s business operations, communications, and strategic planning. Taline received her undergraduate degree in architecture from the California Polytechnic State University and her master's in conservation of monuments and sites from the Raymond Lemaire International Centre for Conservation at the Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium. Taline has a great passion for preserving cultural heritage, whether it’s masterpieces of architecture or culinary masterpieces from the kitchen of her Syrian-Armenian grandmother.
Sandesh has a passion for researching and developing innovative earthquake-resistant solutions for developing-world countries. His studies include performance-based design research in self-centering rocking frames. His design experience includes commercial and institutional projects, both new construction and retrofits. Sandesh received his bachelor’s degree from the Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur and his master’s degree in structural engineering from Stanford University. A true polyglot, Sandesh is fluent in four languages and has a basic proficiency in four others. In his free time, he enjoys playing chess and tennis.
Alex enjoys working closely with owners, the design team, and contractors. He is well versed in several 3D visualization and collaboration tools that help explore and document alternatives quickly and clearly. Alex’s engineering expertise includes new, retrofit, and modular construction in steel, wood, and concrete. Alex received his bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Northwestern University and his master’s in structural engineering, from the University of California, Berkeley. He is a Licensed California Professional Civil Engineer. Alex is an accomplished bass guitarist. He’s been a performing musician for most of his life and his band is currently finishing their first album of original material.
Jennifer sees design as a collaborative effort to make beautiful buildings that meet project goals. Her particular experience is in heavy timber and reinforced concrete, including commercial and residential work. A Licensed Professional Engineer, Jenn received her bachelor’s degree in architectural engineering from Cal Poly State University in San Luis Obispo, where she also served as adjunct faculty. When she’s not working, she loves textiles, especially quilting and knitting, as well as watching, playing, and talking about baseball.
Zahraa is intrigued by the interplay of building structure and envelope. She is enthusiastic about multi-disciplinary design and research focused on disaster-resilient communities. A LEED AP, Associate AIA, and a board member of the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute, Northern California chapter, Zahraa has experience in performance-based design, seismic loss estimation, and life-cycle analyses of materials. Zahraa completed her architecture degree with an emphasis in structures at the University of California, Berkeley, as well as master’s in both building science and engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Outside of the office, she strives to encourage women and young girls to pursue STEAM careers of their own.
Abhishek works to develop efficient algorithms for nonlinear analysis and has extensive coding experience in Matlab and C. A true structural gearhead, he loves understanding the fundamental mechanics for structural behavior. Abhishek received his bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from National Institute of Technology in Durgapur, India, and his master’s in structural engineering from Stanford University. He is an avid photographer with a special interest in low-light photo shoots, and he also enjoys charcoal sketching.
Patrick values the close and long-lasting relationships that he develops with the owners, architects, and contractors in his design teams. A true jack-of-all-trades, Patrick has experience in steel, concrete, and wood construction, ranging from high-end residential buildings to high-rise structures. Patrick received his bachelor’s degree in architectural engineering from Cal Poly State University in San Luis Obispo. His passion for sustainable design also led him to earn his LEED BD+C credential, which pushes him to seek efficiency and resiliency in all his projects. An avid outdoorsman and Eagle Scout, Patrick spends his free time reveling in the natural beauty of the Bay Area, from sailing the bay to hiking the redwood forests.
Erik is committed to thoughtful, elegant design. His combined expertise in BIM and structural engineering help him meet this commitment with clarity and concision. Erik’s background as a draftsman and his passion for structure led him to pursue an undergraduate degree in civil and environmental engineering at the University of California, Davis. Later, he began designing complex wood structures, working closely with clients from concept through construction. Since joining Mar Structural Design, Erik has expanded his skills in post-tensioned concrete and structural steel design. When not practicing structural engineering, he finds great joy and creativity in growing bonsai.
Ben’s lifelong professional goal is to find the intersection between art and mathematics. In 2005, Ben helped design and build a 100% off-the-grid house for Virginia Tech’s entry in the U.S. Department of Energy's Solar Decathlon Competition. He has served as a peer reviewer for multiple high-rise projects in San Francisco, and his seismic retrofit projects have won awards at the state and national levels. From 2015 to 2016, he served as chair of the Seismology Committee for SEAOC. In 2017, he was awarded the Ed Zacher Award for Outstanding Service to SEAONC. Ben has a bachelor’s degree in architectural engineering from the University of Kansas, and master’s degrees in both architecture and structural engineering from Virginia Tech. In his free time, he enjoys watercolor illustration and board game design.
Mar Structural Design is a mission-driven firm on the forefront of performance-based seismic design and sustainable design.
We are always on the lookout for skilled and enthusiastic engineers with a proven record of being an excellent design team member. If you are inspired to invent and create in an exciting and collaborative environment, please e-mail us a thoughtful note telling us about yourself. Excellent engineering skills are expected along with a commitment to continual learning.
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