James Liu Principal

Office Oakland

Direct 510.250.1210 Email jliu@degenkolb.com

James Liu joined Degenkolb in 1999 after receiving his Master of Science degree from the University of California, Davis. His experience includes seismic evaluations of healthcare facilities and design renovations for local school districts. James’ project portfolio includes multiple projects involving review by DSA and OSHPD. Assisting hospital owners with understanding and meeting the SPC and NPC milestones per the SB1953 regulations. Work cohesively with the owner, architect, and contractor and provide creative solutions to resolve complex construction related issues.

Practice Areas:
Health Care, Science & Technology

Joined the Firm:

Little Known Fact:
Still assisting with the family-run restaurant in Willits, waiting on tables occasionally.

Client or Design Philosophy:
Understand and listen to what the client needs. Provide strategies on how to meet their goals.

Honesty, openness, loyalty, good listener

M & M's and Star Wars

Favorite Project Story:
Involved with the masterplanning, design and construction for multiple projects at the Sutter Alta Bates Summit Medical Center. Assisted the owner to achieve SPC 2 or better ratings for the entire Ashby Campus (6 buildings).

Special Interests:
Eating, camping, fishing, traveling, playing with my 2 boys.


B.S. Architectural Engineering, California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, 1997
M.S. Structural Engineering, University of California, Davis, 1999


California — Civil Engineer, 2001, License No. 63766
California — Structural Engineer, 2006, License No. 4935

Professional Affiliations

Structural Engineers Association of Northern California
Earthquake Engineering Research Institute
American Society Civil Engineers

  • Pacific Gas & Electric Existing Building Evaluations
  • Dignity Health Sequoia Hospital
  • Alta Bates Summit Medical Center, Patient Care Pavilion
  • Lake Merritt Boathouse Rehabilitation
  • Diablo Valley College, Technology Building