Alan Kren


Associate Principal
Structural Engineer - California, Civil Engineer - California
M.S., Structural Engineering, and B.S., Civil Engineering, UC Berkeley, Berkeley, CA

One of R+C’s earliest LEED-accredited professionals, Alan leads R+C’s sustainable design practice. He co-authored SEAONC’s Structural Engineering Strategies Towards Sustainable Design and the ASCE/SEI’s Guidelines to Sustainable Design. One of his projects, UC San Diego’s Supercomputer Center expansion, exceeds Title 24 by 46 percent. This is a result of intense collaboration with the design team to maximize passive energy savings through the use of features such as thermal mass in the exposed concrete structure and building configuration to maximize natural light.

Beautiful, Functional, Green

Alan led the R+C team to design a visually minimal support structure for the complex photovoltaic panel canopy between buildings at UC Merced’s Science and Engineering 2 building. The canopy is composed of vertical as well as horizontal PV panels and provides not only a solar energy source for the building, but shading for the plaza and a visually striking entrance.