Structural Engineers

Ian Kelso, SE
Associate | Project Director

For the past twenty years, Ian has built a career that bridges the gap between the disciplines of architecture and engineering. He firmly believes that collaborative design thinking can transcend the barriers of the traditional design process and transform our built environment for the better. To this end, Ian continually seeks to understand and merge the collective values and expertise of clients, engineers, architects, and contractors to make better buildings.

Ian came to Tipping in the beginning of 2012 and has brought his leadership, experience, and approach to significantly impact our culture and practice through projects such as the De La Salle STREAM Center, the Terrace Café at the California Academy of Sciences, and the CuriOdyssey Museum at Coyote Point. In addition, Ian has designed and developed prefabricated, panelized building systems in both wood and light-gauge steel for Project Frog, collectively numbering more than 50 buildings for Kaiser Permanente and several Bay Area School Districts. Ian was welcomed as an associate of the firm in the spring of 2015.

In an effort to share his passion for integrated practice and design thinking, Ian currently teaches timber design at UC Berkeley. He also guest lectures and reviews student work in the architecture departments of both UCB and CCA.

Prior to arriving at Tipping, Ian co-founded VITAL Environments, a cross-disciplinary design firm focused on user-driven design and smart energy solutions. At VITAL, Ian explored the potential for integrated delivery of architectural, structural, and mechanical design services. Ian started his career at John Martin and Associates working on large structural engineering projects like the Walt Disney Concert Hall and Staples Center Arena.

Ian is a licensed structural engineer in CA and is currently completing the final steps to become a registered architect. He earned both an MS in structural engineering and an MArch through a course of integrated study at UC Berkeley. Ian received his BS in civil engineering from UCLA.

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