Bob’s expertise with vintage structures includes work on Rockefeller Center, the Chicago Board of Trade and Soldier Field, the home of the Chicago Bears.

Robert DeScenza joined Thornton Tomasetti in 1978, served as chief operating officer from 2008 to 2011 and as president and co-president until he retired in December 2016 after 37 years with the firm. Bob moved to Chicago in 1993 and spend 13 years running Thornton Tomasetti’s Chicago office. He has more than 35 years of experience in the structural engineering of a wide variety of building types, from long-span sports and entertainment arenas and stadiums to high-rise commercial and mixed-use buildings – in concrete and steel.

Expertise in Vintage Structures
Bob has extensive experience in the renovation and rehabilitation of vintage structures including Rockefeller Center in New York and the Chicago Board of Trade expansion. He specializes in the application of state-of-the-art engineering technologies for building analysis, structural systems and the optimization of such structures, and has authored several articles on these subjects.

Academic and Professional Contributions
A licensed professional engineer in 14 states, Bob has published numerous papers, authored many articles and publications. He has guest lectured at several universities, including Purdue and Notre Dame in Indiana, Northwestern in Evanston, Illinois; The Cooper Union in New York; and the University of Cincinnati in Ohio.

Outside of Work
Bob takes advantage of his strengths as a planner to develop complex and interesting itineraries to enable him and his wife, Margy, to satisfy their love of travel.

• Structural engineering
• Forensic investigation
• Renovation