ASPECT Structural Engineers Opens First Office in the United States

The global engineering and design firm has announced a new office in Seattle, Washington.

ASPECT Seattle is the firm’s fourth dedicated office and will directly service clients in and around the Pacific Northwest. This office is ASPECT’s first in the United States, and will support further growth across the country.

Since the firm was founded in 2016, ASPECT has successfully delivered work throughout the United States, building relationships with private sector clients in several markets. The proximity of Seattle to ASPECT’s founding office in Vancouver – which now boasts 30 local staff – will support sustained corporate and quality expectations as this new team continues to grow.

“Formalizing our presence in the U.S. is a step that ASPECT has intended to take for quite some time,” says Gina Sheppard, Chief Operating Officer and one of the Founding Principals of ASPECT.  “While we’ve already contributed to the success of more than 120 projects across the United States, opening an office in Seattle is a significant milestone – and a testament to our organic growth as a global firm. We can see that our unique offering is resonating with clients internationally across numerous market sectors, and this new office underscores our commitment to client service.”

The announcement also marks a concerted effort to grow in the firm’s ability to service key markets across the United States – an effort that is led by ASPECT’s newest Principal and global Head of Engineering, Will Watson. Will joined the company in November 2023 with more than 15 years of experience, and is licensed broadly across the United States, including Washington, Oregon, and California. In addition to focusing on company-wide efficiency and collaboration, Will’s role includes establishing ASPECT operations, and supporting the successful delivery of our projects, across the United States.

“For ASPECT, determining where to open an office is often years in the making, and considers far more than simply where our project work is located,” explains ASPECT Chief Executive Officer and Principal, Adam Gerber. “The way we work is fully relationship-based, and we look to broader market alignment when making these decisions – particularly when it comes to where we want to establish a larger local presence and team. Coupled with Will’s leadership, we’re excited to build on ASPECT’s pre-existing relationships with clients in the Pacific Northwest and beyond.”

In addition to physical offices in Vancouver (British Columbia), Toronto (Ontario), Bern (Switzerland), and now Seattle (Washington), ASPECT also has team members working remotely in various locations across Canada, the UK, the United States, and Europe.

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About ASPECT Structural Engineers

ASPECT Structural Engineers is a globally acclaimed, full-service structural engineering firm. Founded in 2016, we are now a cohesive team of more than 50 engineers, fabrication designers, technicians, and support staff. Through thoughtful yet pragmatic design practices and rigorous training, the engineers and designers at ASPECT understand not only their role in contributing to a project, but also how to support the roles of others.

Many members of the ASPECT team started their careers in other disciplines, pulling from their experience working with carpenters, contractors, suppliers, or architects to contribute to a wider understanding of the value that structural engineers can bring to a project. Our team-based approach focuses on better design, improved constructability, and unwavering accountability.

From the beginning, ASPECT has been driven by the importance of true sustainability, underscoring our commitment to understanding, and educating others on the benefits of, mass timber. Beyond producing award-winning structural engineering work for everything from office buildings, to bridges, to custom homes, we also dedicate a substantial amount of time to working with other industry leaders – industry suppliers, architects, and clients – to work through new ways to design and build for the future. Our diverse team is active in markets around the world, with dedicated offices in Canada (Vancouver and Toronto), Switzerland (Bern), and the United States (Seattle).