February 19, 2016

James Pearson

James Pearson, S.E., President


Jim Pearson has 25 years of experience in the structural engineering field and has overseen the design of nearly a billion dollars of construction. Mr. Pearson has  joined the rich heritage of Brandow & Johnston’s award winning team of structural engineers as President. Based in our Downtown Los Angeles office, he will oversee projects, foster client relationships and assist in the management of the office.

 Mr. Pearson’s career includes new building design and the rehabilitation of existing structures in both the public and private sectors. His portfolio consists of many higher education, community college, school and public projects as well as private retail, residential and office buildings.  By working collaboratively with all members of the design team, he emphasizes a holistic approach to structural engineering. From the beginning of design to the closeout of construction, his focus is the successful delivery of a project to the client.


Cal Poly San Luis Obispo

B.S. Architectural Engineering


Structural, California No.  4335

Civil, California No. 54484


AISC_American Institute of Steel Construction
SEAOSC_Structural Engineers Association of Southern California
CASH_Coalition For Adequate School Housing


ENR Best Project 2015 – Manhattan Beach Library

Engineering News Record – Southern California Cultural/Worship Category

The Manhattan Beach Library is a 22,000sf, 2-story, structural steel, glass-clad building with panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean from its perch on Highland Avenue. The exterior edge is cantilevered up to 12 feet beyond the primary columns to allow unobstructed views to the outside. Tensioning cables were used to pre-load the edge of the second floor to prevent vertical movement during installation of the double-layer exterior glass system.

Honor Award – Ganahl Lumber Adaptive Reuse

AIA Pasadena Foothill Chapter

Renovation and new construction for a new 107,910 SF home improvement / lumber store and facility at an existing auto dealer sit involved site improvements, adaptive reuse of existing buildings and additions to existing buildings. The structural design exposed most of the structure and included nearly all construction materials. Structural challenges included numerous bridging over the existing underground culvert for the Eaton Canyon wash and adapting the existing precast parking structure to a new use.less

Rehabilitation Award for Pasadena Civic Auditorium Exhibition Hall

Pasadena Historic Preservation Commision/California State Senate

Commonly referred to as the “Ballroom”, the Exhibition Hall at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium was restored to its historic character after over 40 years as an ice skating rink. The Rehabilitation was recognized by the City of Pasadena and the California State Senate for its contribution to the rich historical heritage of Pasadena. Structurally, the project required the keen eye of Jim Pearson’s experience to cost effectively rehabilitate the wood and steel framed floor after so many years of harsh exposure to the ice rink surface.less



Higher Education, Best of 2008

Glen Mor I Student Housing, UC Riverside

California Construction Magazine



Merit Award – Oceanside Terraces Condominium, Oceanside

AIA San Fernando Valley Chapter


Best Residential Project – Views at 270, Hollywood

California Construction Magazine



Merit Award – Engineering Bldg. Unit II, University of California, Riverside

AIA San Fernando Valley Chapter


2003 Excellence in Engineering Award –

North Science Seismic Retrofit, USC Structural Engineers Association of California / Southern California



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