Bret Lizundia


Executive Principal
Structural Engineer - California, Civil Engineer - California
M.S., Structural Engineering, Stanford University, CA; B.S., Civil Engineering, Stanford University, Stanford, CA

Bret has been with Rutherford + Chekene for most of his career, specializing in structural design for museums, academic centers, libraries, and aquariums, as well as seismic evaluation and rehabilitation of existing buildings. He is actively involved in organizations like ASCE, FEMA, and ATC, incorporating new research and knowledge into his work, including developing guidelines and designing solutions for unique building challenges. His creative integration of state-of-the-art research into practice has been a core tenet of his work, contributing significantly to R+C's reputation as a firm at the forefront of structural research and design. His portfolio of work includes the LEED Gold certified UC Berkeley Li Ka-Shing Center and Lower Sproul Plaza Revitalization, and many other high-profile projects at Stanford University.

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.