Ray Pugliesi Principal

Office San Francisco

Direct 415.354.6451 Email pugliesi@degenkolb.com

An award-winning designer, Ray’s work is marked by complex structures and project challenges. His new design experience is extensive, with an emphasis on laboratories, performing arts theaters, and health care facilities. Ray is known for shepherding critical projects through stringent review processes such as the OSHPD system with unmatched effectiveness. For a change of pace, Ray takes on new design projects that allow him to create spaces from scratch that incorporate structural details into the aesthetic of the space. His passion is not necessarily the technical details of each project, but rather the process of creating it, in collaboration with the team. Ray also performs peer reviews, seismic evaluations, seismic retrofits, and post-earthquake evaluations.

Practice Areas:
Health Care, Higher Education

Joined the Firm:

Little Known Fact:
Raised and living in El Cerrito.  

Design Philosophy:
Good clients are friendships – mutual respect with plenty of give-and-take working towards a common goal.

Patience and determination. I have added a master bedroom and bath, two-car garage, and downstairs A/V room to my home- doubling the size of the house – doing it pretty much all myself and it has only been a few years…since I started in 1993.

Want to do everything myself.  See “virtues” above.

Favorite Project Story:
Roger Parra and I were in Mexico on an EQ reconnaissance trip (1995 Mazanillo) and a 6.1 aftershock hit while we were on the 5th floor of a damaged hospital. The building started shaking. Roger and I dove under a desk; Dan (the 3rd in our party) ran around looking
for a door to stand in and eventually ran out of the building. Roger and I waited as the very long major earthquake passed. I of course protected Roger.

Special Interests:
Raising my kids and seeing them develop.


B.S. Civil Engineering - University of California, Berkeley, 1987
M.S. Structural Engineering - University of California, Berkeley, 1989


California – Structural Engineer, 1995, License No. 3968
California – Civil Engineer, 1991, License No. 48086
Washington - Structural Engineer, 2005, License No. 42219
Oregon - Structural Engineer, 2005, License No. 77408
Nevada - Structural Engineer, 2002, License No. S15334
Nevada - Civil Engineer. 2002, License No. C15334 

Professional Affiliations

Structural Engineers Association of Northern California
AIA Professional Affiliate

  • UCSF Parnassus Moffitt-MSB Separation & Seismic Upgrade
  • UCSF Mt. Zion Seismic Upgrade
  • Stanford University, Lorey I. Lokey Laboratory
  • Stanford Peterson Hall
  • Stanford University Bing Performing Arts Theater
  • Stanford Cantor Museum
  • Highland Hospital Replacement Design Build
  • Emeryville Center of Community Life