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Ralph

Ralph Hueston Kratz has over 40 years of structural engineering experience, including almost 30 years as owner or partner of his own firm. His career has included design, investigation, and construction engineering. He has experience in steel, concrete and wood-framed buildings. Clients have included architects, homeowners, contractors, and attorneys. For seven years Ralph was Chief Structural Engineer of a 70–person architectural-engineering firm in Richmond, California. He has investigated many projects of most types and sizes for earthquake, flood, fire, deterioration, design deficiencies, and structural collapse.
For the past nineteen years Ralph has practiced independently in his own one-man firm. His professional specialty is residences, including the structural design of new construction and evaluating, repairing and upgrading existing structures, with an emphasis on earthquake improvements. He works closely with owners, including Owner-Builders, Contractors, and other professionals and takes pride in his thoughtful, conservative approach to structural design.

Professional Experience

1990…   Owner, Ralph Hueston Kratz Structural Engineer, Richmond, California
1984–1990 Chief Structural Engineer, Interactive Resources, Inc., Richmond, California
1981–1984  Structural Engineer, Interactive Resources, Inc., Richmond, California
1978–1981 Design and Construction Engineer, Cosanti Foundation and Paolo Soleri Architect, Scottsdale and Arcosanti, Mayer, Arizona
1970–1978 Partner, Martens/Kratz/Chan, Structural Engineers, Seattle, Washington
1966–1970 Structural Engineer, Peter H. Hostmark & Associates, Seattle, Washington
1965–1966  Structural Designer, Corps of Engineers, Seattle District, Seattle, Washington

Education
Graduate Study, Structural Engineering, University of Washington, Seattle, Washington, 1966
Bachelor of Science (Architectural Engineering), University of Colorado, Boulder, 1961

Professional Engineering Licenses
California (Structural S-2498, Civil C-34021); Arizona (Structural); Montana (Structural, Civil)

Professional Activities
MEMBER SE, Structural Engineers’ Association of California
Member, American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)
Member, American Concrete Institute; past Member, Board of Directors, Washington Chapter
Past Member, National Committee for Design Loads on Buildings, ASCE
Past Member, Board of Directors, Washington Chapter, American Concrete Institute
Past Member, Board of Directors, Structural Engineers Assn. of Washington, Seattle Chapter

Publications
View West Condominiums, Kirkland, Washington, Architectural Record, Mid-May 1980
East Crescent Complex, Arcosanti, Arizona, Architectural Design Citation, Progressive Architecture, January 1979
E. A. Nord Office Building, Everett, Washington, Progressive Architecture, April 1977
“Aircraft Hangar Designed for -60 deg”, Structural  Journal, ASCE, 1970