Laurie Johnston Principal and S&T Practice Area Leader

Office San Francisco

Direct 415.354.6427 Email

Laurie has extensive experience in seismic evaluations and strengthening of existing structures for clients in the science and technology industry. In addition to working closely with technology clients and creating seismic upgrade programs for them, Laurie routinely works on renovation and new design projects. She is a LEED accredited professional in the design of sustainable buildings.

Practice Areas:
Science & Technology

Joined the Firm:

Little Known Fact:
I was fortunate to grow up in Hawaii where most people vacation but where I call “home.”  Although I grew up in Hawaii I was born in the now demolished Kaiser Los Angeles Medical Center which Degenkolb designed the re-build.

Design Philosophy:
Understanding clients’ desires and constraints and creating a sound structural solution to work within those is what I strive for.

Dependable and conscientious 

Chocolate chip cookies…can’t pass them up

Favorite Project Story:
Earthquake reconnaissance is a big part of Degenkolb’s tradition and culture.  I traveled to New Zealand with a team of 5 others after the Christchurch earthquake.  It was eye opening from a learning perspective, and the team synergy was amazing.  The most memorable part of the trip for me was our last night of blogging (confession – after a lot of wine), when reading back our blog for the night, Lucie, John and I could not stop hysterically laughing about how we phrased certain engineering terms (yes, structural engineering humor).  I think you had to be there.

Special Interests:
Playing with my daughter, traveling, camping, hiking, skiing, scrapbooking….umm, but yes most of them have taken a back seat to the first listed item.


B.S. Civil Engineering - University of California, Los Angeles, 1994
M.S. Structural Engineering - University of California, Berkeley, 1995


California - Structural Engineer, 2000, License No. 4522
California - Civil Engineer, 1997, License No. 57348
Arizona - Structural Engineer, 2001, License No. 42908
LEED Accredited

Professional Affiliations

Structural Engineers Association of Northern California
U.S. Green Building Council

  • Agilent Technologies, Santa Clara Headquarters Renovation & Seismic Upgrade
  • Agilent Technologies, Santa Rosa Seismic Upgrade
  • Hewlett-Packard Buildings 44-46 Seismic Upgrade
  • Western Digital Seismic Upgrade
  • SFIA BART Station