Atila Zekioglu

Principal at ARUP

Atila is a Principal in Arup’s Los Angeles office, an Arup Fellow, and the Global Seismic Skills Leader. During his 30+ year career, he has worked on a variety of multidisciplinary projects with a focus on the development of cost-effective engineering solutions. This is demonstrated through the body of work, which includes the Seattle Public Library, Denver Art Museum addition, San Francisco Federal Building, LACMA BCAM, LACMA Resnick Pavilion, and the Caltech Broad Center for Biological Sciences, among many others. Passionate about performance-based design, Atila is a highly regarded global seismic expert who has led the seismic design of several base-isolated projects, including the Ikitelli/Basaksehir Hospital in Istanbul, Taipei Performing Arts Center and the International Airport Terminal at Istanbul’s Sabiha Gökçen International Airport. Atila is currently working on the Raiders Las Vegas Stadium, Google Charleston East, (W)rapper Tower, Loma Linda University Medical Center, Guggenheim Abu Dhabi, and the Samuel Oschin Air and Space Center – the permanent home for Space Shuttle Endeavour.

Atila specializes in earthquake-resistant analysis and design of structures in structural steel, reinforced concrete, reinforced masonry and timber. Following the damage observed during the 1994 Northridge earthquake, Atila was responsible for the development of an alternate steel moment connection. He led the analytical and experimental work in the development of the “reduced beam section” concept. The six full-scale specimens successfully tested at UC San Diego in 1995 were the first ones to be tested in the US. Atila led the Arup team for the Los Angeles Tall Buildings Structural Design Council Case Study in 2007.