Matt Barnard Principal

Office Los Angeles

Direct 213.596.5010 Email

Matt Barnard joined Degenkolb in 2001 after receiving his Masters of Science degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. His experience includes structural analysis, seismic evaluation and structural design, retrofit design of existing structures, and new building design.

Practice Areas:
Health Care, Higher Education

Joined the Firm:

Little Known Fact:

I grew up without a television in the house for most of my life. Instead, I grew up reading books, listening to 1950's radio shows on AM 1070, enjoying Vin Scully calling Dodger games on the radio, and being outside. I am so glad that I did.

Client or Design Philosophy:
What I love about what I have the privilege to do is that we make a difference to our clients and our communities.  By being fully engaged in realizing the collective vision of a project team in designing and building new structures or completing a seismic retrofit, we contribute mightily to the development of creative and efficient spaces that inspire our fellow citizens, house opportunities, and provide shelter and support.  Because our work has such impact on those around us, it is our philosophy to always challenge ourselves to transcend the default answer to find the best solution for everyone whether the solution is structural or not.  And to make it even that much better, when the dust of construction on a project has settled, we are blessed to be able to see, to touch, and appreciate the difference that we have made.

I lead my life seeking to make a difference and never settling for anything less than my personal best. Whether it is how I provide structural engineering services, our involvement in Haiti, volunteering as a building inspector in Saint Bernard Parish after Hurricane Katrina and Rita, or how I support my friends and family, by committing to the success and betterment of those around me is how I can give back for the wonderful opportunities that I have been blessed with during my life.

Fore! I always enjoy a round of golf on a sunny afternoon unless I am catching a professional baseball game somewhere.

Special Interests:
The ACE Mentoring program is a great program where a team of volunteer mentors introduces a group of high school students to the design and construction industry through an after-school program. I am fortunate to be a Board Member for the LA Metro Affiliate, a representative on the California Council, and the former team leader of the Downtown LA team.  I am also fortunate to coordinate Trades Day, a yearly event for the entire LA Metro Affiliate.  At this event, we have the opportunity to give the students a day of hands-on training by union training instructors.  The Electrical Training Institute and the Carpenter’s Training Center have been wonderful hosts of Trades Day in previous years.  If you are looking for a rewarding experience whereby you can inspire future architects, engineers, and builders, join ACE Mentoring.  It is amazing to see what these students can do when given the opportunity and encouragement.


B.S., Civil Engineering, University of California, Davis 1998
M.S. Civil Engineering, University of Illinois, 2001


California - Structural Engineer, 2007, License No. 5087
California - Civil Engineer, 2003, License No. 65063

Professional Affiliations

Structural Engineers Association of Southern California
ACE Mentor Program: Los Angeles Metro Board Member
(beginning 2007)
North Los Angeles Downtown
Team Leader
Earthquake Engineering Research Institute (EERI)

  • Kaiser Permanente Rebuild Los Angeles Medical Center
  • Stanford Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Expansion, Outpatient Clinic Building and Parking Structure
  • Stanford, Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Expansion, New Inpatient Building
  • UCI Medical Center Replacement Hospital, Peer Review