Brett Kaufmann, MS, SE

Mr. Kaufmann has more than 30 years of structural engineering and management experience. As a licensed Structural Engineer, Mr. Kaufmann has broad structural design experience including commercial projects, hospitality, retail, education, parking, residential, and mixed-use projects, as well as deep experience in design-build and fast track delivery systems. Before joining VCA Structural in 2014, Mr. Kaufmann served as Vice President for Thornton Tomasetti, a leading Global Structural Engineering firm, directing mid- and high-rise projects. Mr. Kaufmann is known in the industry as a hands-on veteran who is very customer centric and team-oriented. At VCA, Mr. Kaufmann leads a team of engineers engaged in mid-rise construction and is responsible for VCA’s Commercial & Special Projects Studio. Mr. Kaufmann has in-depth expertise in complex structural engineering systems and is an expert on the intent and application of structural engineering regulations including IBC, CBC, ASCE, AISC and ACI codes.

As a Principal of VCA Structural, Mr. Kaufmann is a member of the VCA Executive Committee and the VCA Operations Committee and is also involved in training and education. He has served as a lecturer of multifamily and high-rise concrete design, taught concrete design for the P.E. and S.E. licensing review courses and, since 2012, has been a client-consultant mentor at University of California, Irvine. Mr. Kaufmann is a past Board Member of the Structural Engineers Association of Southern California (SEAOSC).

Mr. Kaufmann holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering and a Master of Science in Structural Engineering, both from U.C.L.A. Mr. Kaufmann is a licensed Structural Engineer in California and Nevada, and is a licensed Professional Engineer in Alabama. In addition, he is a Registered California Emergency Management Agency Safety Assessment Program Evaluator, is a Certified DSA Structural Plan Reviewer and is a member of numerous industry technical groups.


American Concrete Institute (ACI)

American Institute of
Steel Construction (AISC )

International Code Council (ICC)

International Association of
Plumbing and Mechanical Officials (IAPMO)

Post-Tension Institute (PTI)

American Wood Council (AWC)

Structural Engineers Association
of California (SEAOC)

National Council of
Structural Engineers Associations (NCSEA)

Applied Technology Council (ATC)

Light Frame Performance
Modeling Group (LFPMG)

United States Green Building Council (USGBC)