Earlier in his career, Peter worked on the first project in the United States to use buckling restrained braces at the University of California at Davis.

Peter Lassetter specializes in Property Loss Consulting projects and manages the Christchurch, New Zealand, office. He has nearly four decades of experience leading engineering design teams and working with architects, owners and contractors on major new facilities and the retrofitting of existing buildings. He joined Thornton Tomasetti in 2010 to grow and guide operations in the San Francisco Bay Area. In 2012, after the New Zealand Canterbury sequence of earthquakes, he relocated there, evaluating earthquake damage and designing conceptual repairs. His portfolio of work includes a wide range of market sectors: healthcare, commercial, mixed-use, academic and research laboratories.

Decades of Experience at Arup
Before joining Thornton Tomasetti, Peter was the San Francisco Group Leader for Arup for 18 years, where he led and coordinated the work of more than 200 staff members. His projects included the structural design of the award-winning LEED Platinum California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco, template design for three Kaiser California hospitals, and the University of California at Davis Plant and Environmental Sciences Replacement Facility, the first project in the United States to use buckling restrained braces.

Outside of Work
Peter enjoys sailing anything that floats – from cruising to racing. He has owned a racing yacht competing on San Francisco Bay, but his first love is small racing dinghies. He has served as commodore of the Inverness Yacht Club on Tomales Bay, one of the oldest yacht clubs in the U.S., and for many years was chair of the race committee. He now races a single hander every time he returns home. He also enjoys hiking with his wife, who has decided that getting feedback from a sailing error is no longer her cup of tea.

Expertise
• Fast-track project delivery
• Integrative design
• Seismic assessment and rehabilitation
• Structural design