Leonard Pianalto, M.Sc. (Civil), P.Eng., FEC, LEED ®AP is an Associate at Read Jones Christoffersen, Vancouver, Canada. Leonard works as an industry leader in glazing and cladding design, fall protection consulting and post disaster earthquake planning. After graduating from the University of British Columbia (B.Sc.) in 1993 and following a number of years as a prime consultant and project manager on public infrastructure building projects, Leonard returned to school to complete his Masters in Civil Engineering at the University of Calgary in 2001. His research there was funded by the Natural Science and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) Scholarship.
Prior to joining Read Jones Christoffersen Ltd. (RJC) in June of 2007, Leonard worked in the fall protection manufacturing industry and then as a specialty structural engineering consultant primarily serving the glazing and cladding industry. He was the principal editor of the 2010 and 2014 revisions to the Glazing Systems Specifications Manual, the de facto industry standard. He has also been the past chair of the Canadian Glass Association’s Technical Committee and the Structural Engineers Association of British Columbia Professional Practice Committee. Leonard is a natural mentor and educator both within RJC and within the industry. He won RJC’s Rick Banman Mentorship Award in 2010, and has been a part-time instructor at the British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT) in the School of Construction and the Environment since 2012. Leonard is a registered Professional Engineer with the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of British Columbia (APEGBC).
Currently Leonard sits on the APEGBC Building Code Committee; and is the Chair of the Board of the Fenestration Education Society of British Columbia. As a LEED Accredited Professional Leonard incorporates sustainable thinking into his daily consulting practice.