John Gavan SE John Gavan SE

John Gavan SE

President/CEO General + Administrative, WA
  • Discipline Structural Engineering
  • Education MS, Civil Engineering, University of California, Los Angeles, CA BS, Civil Engineering, University of California, Los Angeles, CA
  • Affiliations/Licensure The Structural Engineers Association of Southern California Global Design Alliance National Organization for Minority Architects (NOMA) The Tugboat Institute LeaderFlow University of California, Los Angeles, Dept. of Civil Engineering, Past Lecturer LA Tall Buildings Structural Design Council, Member Structural Engineer: CA, AZ, TX, NV, NY Professional Engineer: CA
  • Hobbies & Interests Mountain Biking, Skiing, Endurance Sports, Cooking, Developing Future Leaders


John Gavan functions as the President/CEO of KPFF, and blends project responsibilities and commitments along with overall firm leadership activities. He has been with KPFF since beginning as an intern in 1988. He has been instrumental in finding new and better ways to deliver projects, to improve the functions of a team, and to improve the process and the project. His wide base of knowledge of project and building types lends to creative solutions. He is recognized by clients and team members as a collaborative team player that adds value by bringing an overall understanding of the design and construction process that goes beyond the structural engineering discipline. John is passionate about helping others along their life journeys.