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Dean Lewis

Associate, San Francisco

“The AEC industry is always evolving. New materials, new construction methods, and new codes. There will always be new challenges for structural engineers – so our profession will evolve as the industry evolves.”

Dean’s DCI career began in Washington state and soon led him to join the founding team for the San Francisco office. Since establishing himself in the Bay Area, in an unprecedented matter of time, Dean developed unparalleled project experience in prefabrication, modular, and mass timber structures. He quickly grew into a leadership role under the guidance of principals and associates. Dean was the subject of a feature article in the San Francisco Business Journal for his perspective on how mass timber is revolutionizing the building industry. Dean is a regular participant in industry wood conferences throughout North America, as well as helps new mass timber fabrication companies and project sites to optimize engineering solutions using this cutting-edge technology. 

Dean is motivated by team collaboration and building client relationships. He works with DCI staff from multiple offices to advise on major construction projects. Dean’s ability to communicate to clients and team members on each of the various possible solutions for designing built environments, while taking into account cost and schedule impacts, credits him as a clear ally for the client and project team. Most of all, Dean’s ability to bring levity into his daily interactions credit him as not only a valuable structural engineering resource, but an approachable and highly personable asset to DCI.

  • Where is your hometown? Seattle, Washington
  • Why did you go into structural engineering? My father is a contractor and my grandfather is an architect, so I split the difference and became a structural engineer.
  • Why do you like structural engineering? I enjoy the creative process – the ability to enhance someone’s vision and inform them of design possibilities.

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