Robert Graff Principal

Office San Francisco

Direct 415.354.6439 Email

Robert joined Degenkolb in 2001 after receiving his masters from University of Washington. He has worked on a wide range of projects from 900,000 square feet of new hospital space in Las Vegas to a mausoleum under 1000 square feet, from the retrofit design of a historic barrack in the Presidio to the construction of a new performing arts building in Washington State, from a simple tenant improvement to a new complex concert hall at Stanford University. The type of project is not what is important to him, but rather the variety and the new challenges each one presents.

Practice Areas:
Higher Education, Construction Means & Methods

Joined the Firm:

Little Known Fact:
I love going whitewater inner tubing with friends.  A 4 foot standing wave seems really big when you are a few inches above the water.  I have also started brewing my own beer after Degenkolb sponsored anyone who wanted to put their homebrew up for judging at the annual company picnic.

Client or Design Philosophy:
Provide a quality design on time and on budget while being flexible to meet the needs of the owner and the design team.

Honest and straight forward.

I love buying tools and using them. My wife and I purchased a duplex requiring a major remodel.  I designed the new drilled pier foundations and additional shear walls while my architect father designed the new layout.  One unit is gutted to the studs and is on its way back to being habitable.  It great to see your design constructed and is even more exciting when you can build it yourself.

Favorite Project Story:
After completing an advanced non-linear analysis evaluating two 15-story buildings on UCSF’s campus that were connected at all floors, we determined that by separating the buildings we could eliminate the need to retrofit one of the buildings and greatly reduce the work in the other. You don’t get to see 15 stories of concrete and steel being cut in half every day. 

Special Interests:
Family, daughter, whitewater rafting, snowboarding, home brewing, and camping.


B.S. Civil Engineering, Washington State, 1999
M.S. Structural Engineering, University of Washington, 2001


California - Structural Engineer, 2007, License No. S5113
California - Civil Engineer, 2003, License No. C65047
Nevada - Structural Engineer, 2010, License No.  21252

Professional Affiliations

Structural Engineers Association of Northern California

  • Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center Las Vegas
  • Canyon Creek Presbyterian Church
  • University of California San Francisco Seismic Separation
  • Stanford Bing Concert Hall
  • Highland Hospital Acute Care Tower Replacement
  • Lower Columbia College Performing Arts Center