René Vignos

René is a Principal and licensed Structural Engineer at Forell/Elsesser. After entering the firm in 1999 and after 2 decades of experience, he is still invigorated by the challenge of creating the most elegant, inspired engineering solutions possible to translate an architect’s vision into a constructible reality.

René has developed broad engineering skills in new design and retrofit, with a specialty in preserving and protecting historic landmark structures. He recently provided state-of-the-art structural engineering design services for the complex rehabilitation and seismic strengthening of the historic UC Berkeley California Memorial Stadium. This project created an unusual challenge of strengthening since the 700,000 s.f. structure straddles the active Hayward fault, running approximately from end zone to end zone. In addition to his athletic facilities experience, he also works on cultural facilities, education facilities, national laboratory facilities, and overseas earthquake reconnaissance efforts. René is a licensed Structural Engineer in California, Utah, and Wyoming. He has a Bachelor’s degree from Cornell University and a Master’s degree from the University of Texas, Austin.

René enjoys sharing his engineering knowledge to help countries that have been devastated by high seismic activity, most recently in Haiti for several non-profit organizations, including EERI. In his downtime he enjoys coaching his son’s soccer team, camping with his family, and following the latest NHL hockey game.

Professional Associations

  • Structural Engineers Association of Northern California (SEAONC), Protective Systems Committee, Past-Chair & Member
  • San Francisco Code Advisory Committee, Structural Subcommittee
  • Earthquake Engineering Research Institute (EERI), Member