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Matthew Thomas


Principal, Spokane

I think structural engineering will continue to be a relevant profession in the future because we’re heading into noticeable cycles of urbanization again. Populations keep growing and there is only so much land out there. Structural engineers will encourage smart urbanization and show the possibilities of built environments in the next generation of buildings.”

Matthew credits his childhood collection of Legos for jumpstarting his career into structural engineering. His drive for the trade led him to Walla Walla University to pursue formal engineering studies. Matthew joined DCI straight out of college in June 2006. Since then, he went from project engineering to project management and gained a reputation for meeting fast tracked deadlines for large steel projects. Always game for learning the latest innovation, he is an active member of the firm’s steel, concrete, and design load technical committees. Matthew’s mastery with clients comes from his prompt work ethic and prioritizing thoughtful team dialog.

  • If you weren’t an engineer, what would you be? Wilderness guide or concert organist.
  • What is your favorite piece of historical architecture? I’ve always been a bit partial to the great domes built during the Renaissance.
  • What is your favorite place, building, or built environment in Spokane? Beacon Hill.