Richard Chen, M.S., S.E., Principal in the Los Angeles office, is a well-known and respected earthquake structural engineer with 16 years of experience in mission-critical, public and commercial projects. With an extensive background in various types of construction, Richard has led residential and mixed use construction projects totaling more than $1 billion. His most notable residential projects include University Gateway Student Apartments, a design-build project for the University of Southern California, the adaptive-reuse historical project, The Mint, and the mixed-use Lombardi project containing six residential levels above one level of retail and three levels of underground parking. His commercial successes include the Universal Pedestrian Bridge (Universal Studios), LAX Parking Garage and Elevator Renovation and the New Patagonia Headquarters.
Chen is a leader in hospitality development as well. His signature projects include the LAX Hyatt Hotel, Hope Street Hotel and the Four Seasons Hotel in West Lake. His accomplishments in the sports industry include the Citizens Business Bank Arena (11,000 seats) and the GOALS project, a series of 20 public soccer facilities. Richard holds a Bachelor’s and a Master’s degree in Structural Engineering from the University of California, San Diego where, later, he participated in the design and construction of the $70 million Structural and Materials Engineering Building. His expertise earned him the SEAOSC Young Engineer Award in 2006. With a goal of giving back to the engineering field, Richard currently mentors graduate students at UCLA and UC San Diego. In addition to his professional expertise, Richard is a 4th-degree black belt martial arts instructor in Shorinji Kempo. It’s Miyamoto’s mission to make the world a better, safer place and the “opportunity to grow and improve the lives of people” that inspires Richard in his work as he leads the Los Angeles office.