Our promise of “Creative Thinking Practical Results” was the underlying philosophy of our founders: John Read, Peter Jones, and Per Christoffersen. This philosophy has guided us throughout our history, and is one constant that will never be obsolete in our quickly-changing industry.


From our founders to new generations

A lot has changed in our more than 70 years: slide rules and drafting tables have been replaced by computers, and John Read’s original cramped, sublet office in Vancouver has become eleven offices across the country. We’ve experienced booms, busts, celebrations and farewells. Despite all the change, our employee-owned organization has evolved with its unique culture intact. 
Visionary people setting new standards
For generations, we have nurtured people to become national and international leaders in our practice areas. Our staff are active members of local, national, and international code committees and industry associations. The result is a legacy of pushing our practice forward and in new directions with a staff that includes some of the best and brightest engineers and leading technical experts in Canada.
Our evolving practice
Our services have expanded and evolved over the years from our structural engineering origins to suit our clients’ changing needs. Our practice has grown from the structural design of buildings to the design of a variety of other structures; restoring those structures; building envelope design, maintenance and repair; structural glass and facade engineering; parking facility design; prime consulting and project management. As the needs of our clients evolve so will our practice.