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Janah A Risha



Structural Engineer – California and Nevada

Professional Engineer – Civil – California and New Jersey


Masters of Science, Civil Engineering – Stanford University, Stanford, California

Bachelors of Science, Civil Engineering – Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas

Mr. Risha specializes in large scale design and trouble‐shooting the hard‐to‐build, highly technical projects. He has been practicing structural engineering for over 25 years and has extensive experience designing structural systems for diversified building projects. His portfolio includes structural engineering for numerous building projects, performing structural design in steel, concrete, masonry, and timber. Mr. Risha has designed structural rehabilitation and seismic strengthening schemes for numerous buildings, supervising the preparation of plans, details, and specifications.

In addition to traditional building projects, Mr. Risha has also been providing Structural Engineering design and construction documents for the Motion Picture and Television industry since 1994. He is active with several professional organizations, including the Structural Engineers Association of California (SEAOC), serving as President for 2017-2018 term, Structural Engineers Association of Southern California (SEAOSC), serving as its President in 2011-2012, American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC), International Code Council (ICC), and the Fellowship of American Society of Civil Engineers (F.ASCE).

Professional Affiliations

President 2017-2018, Structural Engineers Association of California (SEAOC)

Fellowship of American Society of Civil Engineers (F.ASCE)

American Concrete Institute

American Institute of Steel Construction

Applied Technology Council

International Code Council

Associate AIA Member

Past Chair – Southern California Development Forum (SCDF)

Professional Memberships

Past President and Member of the Structural Engineers Association of Southern California (SEAOSC)

Past Chair, SEAOC Building Code Streamlining Committee

SEAOSC Existing Buildings Committee and SEAOSC Building Code Committee

Chair of Technical Committee , SEAOC 2006 Convention

ASCE Standards Committee on Condition Assessment of Buildings

ASCE Standards Committee on Seismic Rehabilitation of Buildings

Project Experience Types

Mixed-Use Structures and Developments

Educational (K-12, Community College, Higher Education, Public/Private)

Healthcare (Hospital and MOB)

Commercial (New and TI)

Residential (Multi and Single Family)








Professional Engineer – Civil – California and Virginia

Structural Engineer – California


Bachelors of Science, Civil Engineering, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA

Mr. Breaks’ breadth of skills and experience spans over 20 years in the structural and civil engineering fields. Matthew’s expertise includes inspection of concrete, steel and timber bridges, tunnels, trusses and other structures. His flexibility in working with clients and design professionals helps deliver seamless solutions to complex structural requirements from design development through project completion. Matthew is experienced in structural analysis utilizing steel, concrete, masonry and wood, and has completed projects in California, Virginia, Maryland, North Carolina, Florida, Arizona and Washington D.C. His experience in working with high seismic  requirements makes him skilled in anticipating and resolving potential conflicts before they become challenges.

Some of Matthew’s most notable work includes: managing major structural renovations, including the addition of multiple new structures, at the Aerojet Rocketdyne De Soto campus in Canoga Park, CA; structural design services for the Cirque du Soleil production “Iris” located in the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, CA; structural design and construction support services for the 300,000 square foot multi-use facility Atlantic Times Square in Monterey Park, CA, which included a 14- Plex Movie Theatre; and, the award winning Saban Media Center for the Television Academy in North Hollywood.

Project Awards

The Saban Media Center: SEAOSC Excellence in Structural Engineering for Landmark Structures Los Angeles Business Council Architectural Award of Excellence for Commercial Office Buildings & Headquarters San Fernando Valley Business Journal Best Office Project, IIDA Calibre Award for Entertainment Best Project Cultural/Worship, ENR Southern Regional Winner.

Alliance Academy High School: SEAOSC Excellence in Structural Engineering Award of Merit, for the Retrofit/Structural Alteration Category

Professional Affiliations

Structural Engineers Association of California (SEAOC)

Structural Engineers Association of Southern California (SEAOSC)

American Society of Civil Engineers

American Institute of Steel Construction

Project Types

Mixed-use Projects

Theatre and Performance Venues

Educational Projects

Commercial Buildings (New and TI)

Industrial and Entertainment Projects

Multi-family Residential

Custom Homes

Seismic and structural investigations using ASCE 31 and 41

Equipment anchorage and non-building structures

Seismic retrofit of existing structures

Fall Protection

Temporary Structures

Bridges/Tunnels (Highway and Pedestrian)

Tunnel and Bridge Inspections

Truss Inspections

Water Treatment Plants

Pump Stations