Leif Johnson, PE, SE, LEED AP
Structural Engineering Director
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Leif is a licensed structural engineer with over 16 years of experience designing high-profile civic structures, museums and performing arts centers throughout the United States. Prior to joining StructureCraft as Structural Engineering Director in May of 2021, Leif was a Principal at MKA in Seattle, where he also led MKA’s Timber Technical Specialty Team.
He grew up in Iowa City, Iowa before attending Lawrence University in Wisconsin and Washington University in St. Louis where he obtained undergraduate degrees in Physics and Civil Engineering. While at Washington University in St. Louis, he received his master’s degree in Structural Engineering. Shortly after graduation and before moving to Seattle, Leif won the 2004 Skidmore, Owings and Merrill Structural Engineering Traveling Fellowship, where he toured Europe to study structures inspired by natural forms for his thesis “Nature as Inspiration: Tools for Structural Art”.
His portfolio includes many high-profile structures, including Hines' T3 Projects, MoMA in San Francisco, The Perelman Center in New York, Nordic Museum in Seattle, and the Theodore Roosevelt Presidential Library in North Dakota.
Leif has always loved timber engineering, and he was recently recognized for his work in timber design when awarded one of the influential 40 under 40 professionals for Building, Design and Construction in 2018. Leif brings his consulting engineering experience and passion for timber to StructureCraft and is leading the new Seattle office, growing StructureCraft’s work across the United States. Leif's deep experience working on high-profile cultural projects such as museums and performing arts centers has helped him grow an expansive network of clients and expertise working with all materials and structure types.