Kirk Johnston Principal

Office San Francisco

Direct 415.354.6408 Email

Kirk’s experience includes work in new facility design, seismic evaluation, seismic retrofit, and the development of safety measures for earthquake-resilient structures. He develops cost-effective and specialized design solutions for a variety of clients. Kirk’s portfolio includes historic renovation projects, such as the Goodman Historic Library and the Camel Barn, City of Benicia. He is leading innovation in sustainable classroom design and his work with Project FROG, Inc. a green modular system for classrooms, is garnering attention around the country. Kirk’s work in preservation, restoration, seismic upgrades, and now green design are all signs of his passion for cleaner, safer, more disaster resistant communities. Kirk is responsible for ongoing work at V.A. Palo Alto.

Practice Areas:
Seismic Ordinances

Joined the Firm:

Little Known Fact:
A classic car and hotrod enthusiast, he enjoys spending time working on his own classic Chevy that he is restoring himself. Whenever possible he enjoys traveling and spending time outdoors through camping and hiking.

Client or Design Philosophy:
With early aspirations of art and architecture, he works hard to develop designs that are pleasing in both form and function.

Eco-friendly, responsive

Hotrods, heavy metal, spam musubi

Special Interests:
Always had dreams of being a rock star (bass player), but wisely kept up with school for a more attainable career.


B.S. Architectural Engineering, California State Polytechnic University, San Luis Obispo, 1996
M.S. Structural Engineering, University of California, San Diego, 1999


California - Structural Engineer, 2004 License No. 4705
California - Civil Engineer, 1999 License No. 59031
Hawaii - Professional Engineer, Structural, 2009 License No. PE-13675
Massachusetts - Civil Engineer, 2009 License No. 47874-C
Georgia - Professional Engineer, 2011 License No. PE035944
Virginia - Professional Engineer, 2011 License No. 049039
New York - Professional Engineer, 2011 License No. 089850
New Jersey - Professional Engineer, 2011 License No. 24GE04945600

Professional Affiliations

Structural Engineers Association of Northern California
California Preservation Foundation

  • Project Frog, Multiple Locations in California, Hawaii and New York
  • Menlo School Performing Arts Center, Atherton
  • Sacred Heart Performing Arts Center, Atherton
  • Our Savior Lutheran Church, Livermore
  • V.A. Palo Alto Psychiatric Hospital, Palo Alto
  • V.A. Palo Alto Centers for Ambulatory Care, Polytrauma an Blind Rehabilitation, Palo Alto
  • Chestnut Theater Renovation, San Francisco
  • Bryant Square Condominiums, San Francisco
  • St. Thomas Aquinas Cathedral, Reno
  • California Theater, Pittsburgh