Timothy P. Murphy, Esq., Secretary and Chief Financial Officer
Ron Klemencic is Chairman and CEO of Magnusson Klemencic Associates, a major international structural and civil engineering firm headquartered in Seattle, Washington. Ron earned his bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from Purdue University and his master’s degree in Structural Engineering from the University of California at Berkeley. He has served as a Charter Member of the Charles Pankow Foundation National Advisory Council since 2006 and has been instrumental in guiding CPF’s strategic and functional directions in the Foundation’s initial start-up period.
Ron has acquired a reputation in the building industry as an “idea guy,” based on his success in advancing innovative engineering solutions for large buildings and for his innate ability to “see the big picture.” His unique contributions can be seen in his many structural projects that are found in 22 states in the U.S. and in 21 other countries, with $5.2 billion of structures designed in the last 5 years alone.
Ron is a past 5-year Chairman of the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat, the only international organization that brings together all the disciplines involved in creating the global urban environment. He led the development of standards and criteria for naming the tallest buildings in the world; organized professional conferences on tall buildings in London, Seoul, New York among others, and represented the Council publicly on wide-ranging subjects relating to tall buildings and their effect on community life. Ron recently led the development of a new high-rise design methodology known as “Performance-Based Seismic Design” (PBSD), which provides buildings with increased safety, reliability, and flexibility at a reduced cost. PBSD represents the future of high-rise development and, at Ron’s advocacy, is rapidly being adopted throughout the United States.
Ron received the 2018 Engineering News-Record Award of Excellence, one of the highest honors in the AEC industry. He also received the 2017 Landis Epic Lectureship Endowed Lecturer, 2016 CTBUH Fazlur Khan Lifetime Achievement Medal, and 2016 ASCE Ernest E. Howard Award.