Insung Kim Associate

Office San Francisco

Direct Email

Insung has worked with a variety of healthcare clients and technology clients. He has a strong background in seismic design and retrofit, advanced structural analysis, reinforced concrete design, and application of fiber reinforced polymer (FRP) for seismic retrofit. He promotes seismic safety of concrete buildings through his daily design and consulting practice and professional activities in the technical committees of American Concrete Institute (ACI).

Joined the Firm:

Little Known Fact:
I was one of the documentary photographers recording the life of migrant workers in South Korea and directed a photography exhibition on their life and culture.

Client or Business Philosophy:
Provide simple and practical solutions for complicated problems using technical information from state-of-the-art research and advanced computational tools.

Integrity, Diligence, Tolerance, Simplicity


Favorite Degenkolb Story:
When we retrofitted the cleanroom structures in a high tech manufacturing facility, use of conventional connection methods such as welding or screwing was not acceptable due to potential fire hazard or disturbance of the cleanroom environment.  We implemented new connection system using fiber reinforced polymer (FRP) based on the testing program that we developed to validate the new system.

Special Interests:
Photography, Traveling, Exploring parks and natures in San Francisco Bay Area


Ph.D. in Civil Engineering, University of Texas at Austin, USA (August 2008)
M.S. in Civil Engineering, University of Texas at Austin, USA (May 2006)
B.S. in Civil Engineering, Yonsei University, Seoul, South Korea (February 2001)


Structural Engineer, CA
Professional Engineer, CA, TX

Professional Affiliations

American Concrete Institute Committee 318-C, Safety, Serviceability and Analysis
American Concrete Institute Committee 369, Seismic Repair and Rehabilitation
American Concrete Institute Committee 374, Performance-Based Seismic Design of Concrete Buildings
American Concrete Institute Committee 440-F, FRP-Repair-Strengthening
American Society of Civil Engineers, Seismic Evaluation and Retrofit of Existing Buildings Standard Committee (ASCE/SEI 31/41)