John Kooymans

BSc, P.Eng. | Principal
Mr. Kooymans is a renowned engineer with over 30 years of experience in building design. He leads RJC's Structural Glass and Façade Engineering group, delivering excellence in structural glass systems, bridges and stairs. He is well known for his strong interest in cultural, retail, institutional and specialty glass projects and is also respected for his strong background in engineering for live theatres and shopping centres.
A visionary with boundless creativity, John has a proven track record of creating some of the most extraordinary glass structures in North America and beyond. He speaks at international glass symposiums in Europe and North America and sits on the editorial board for the journal Glass Structures and Engineering.  Among his exemplary project portfolio are several major shopping centre expansions throughout Canada that include features such as the 70,000 sq. ft skylight at Calgary Eaton Centre* (now called The Core) - one of the largest continuous skylights in North America. 

Also included in John's portfolio are: 'Crystals'*, a 500,000 square foot retail and entertainment space at MGM City Centre in Las Vegas; the glass stair, façade and structure* at the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts in Toronto; the Ritz Carlton glass bridge in Toronto*; glass observation boxes (The Ledge*) at the Sears Tower in Chicago; and the glass skylight at the Halifax Shopping Centre in Nova Scotia. 
John is a former Senior Partner at a leading engineering firm where he led a retail/entertainment sector group and created a Structural Glass Engineering Division.  He joined RJC as a Group Leader and Principal in 2011.
*Project completed at another firm

Professional Affiliations

  • ASTM International: Committee for "E 1300 Standard Practice for Determining Load Resistance of Glass in Buildings"
  • Professional Engineers Ontario (PEO)
  • Engineers Geoscientists Manitoba
  • Engineers Nova Scotia 
  • Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Saskatchewan (APEGS)
  • Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta (APEGA)
  • Editorial Board, Glass Structures and Engineering journal