Ola has specialized expertise in the application of performance-based design solutions for high-rise structures.
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Ola Johansson has more than 20 years of structural engineering experience, serving as lead designer and project manager for high-profile projects around the globe. His portfolio includes mid- and high-rise commercial, residential, hospitality and mixed-used developments, with specialized expertise in the application of performance-based design solutions for high-rise structures. From his base in Los Angeles, Ola is also involved with Pacific Rim projects.
He joined Thornton Tomasetti in 2013 after 15 years with Seattle-based Magnusson Klemencic Associates (MKA), where he was promoted to vice president and principal. His key projects at MKA included Helmut Jahn Architects’ Doha Tower in Qatar (the second-tallest building in the world at the time of design), One Rincon Hill in San Francisco (the tallest residential tower on the West Coast when designed) and Rosewood Abu Dhabi. A native of Sweden, Ola moved to the U.S. to attend the University of Colorado, Boulder in 1993.
Giving Back to the Profession
Ola’s duties include working with the Los Angeles office leadership to provide mentoring for younger engineers and project managers. For several years, Ola taught a course on structural design at the University of Washington in Seattle. During that time, he authored numerous articles for trade publications and also presented his work at professional conferences, including a Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat Congress.
Outside of Work
Ola lives with his wife and three children in southern California, where the family enjoys outdoor sports such as surfing, boogie boarding and golf. When not at his desk or on a plane, he also manages to squeeze in hiking, biking and running.
• Mixed-use projects
• High-rise hotel, residential and commercial
• Complex large developments
• Fast-track structural design with split structural permits
• Concrete high-rise towers
• Post-tensioned floor framing
• Performance-based structural design
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