Vanessa Chow, PE

Sample Projects

  • Rusnak Mercedes Benz
    New 300,000 sf dealership with circular glass showroom, service bays, parts department and parking 
    Arcadia, California
  • Sunset + Sunset
    Three new building additions, structural modifications to two existing buildings, new steel bridge to interconnect buildings, gravity and seismic upgrades for change of occupancy
    Los Angeles, California
  • Fotokem
    New independent theatre room within the existing building, partial removal of 2nd and 3rd floors, new stairs and elevator, gravity and seismic upgrades
    Burbank, California
  • Hillstone Restaurant Group
    New single-story restaurant with two levels of underground parking
    Del Mar, California
  • Rusnak Maserati, Porsche, Rolls Royce, Bentley
    New showrooms, mezzanines, seismic retrofit, truss strengthening, service areas, column removal, exterior canopies, tenant improvement
    Pasadena, California
  • Aquarium of the Pacific
    New roof top dining area, stairs, bridge extension and seismic/gravity evaluation
    Long Beach, California
  • Keslow Camera
    Seismic retrofit and tenant improvement
    Culver City, California
  • Rusnak Jaguar & Land Rover
    Showroom addition and steel framed canopy
    Anaheim Hills, California

Project Manager

Vanessa Chow joined Insight Structural Engineers in 2008 after obtaining her Masters of Science degree from the University of California at Berkeley. She is a licensed professional engineer in the State of California with over 14 years of experience in structural engineering and construction management.

She has managed numerous projects from early design phase through construction administration on a wide variety of new and existing buildings. She enjoys working closely with the design team, owners, and contractors to develop efficient and constructible solutions.

Vanessa is a registered Disaster Service Worker authorized by the State of California to evaluate and tag buildings after an earthquake.


  • University of California, Berkeley
    Master of Science in Structural Engineering, Mechanics and Materials
  • University of California, San Diego
    Bachelor of Science in Structural Engineering

Professional Registration and Accreditation

  • Civil Engineer, California

Professional Affiliations

  • American Institute of Steel Construction
  • Structural Engineers Association of California
  • US Green Building Council
  • Earthquake Engineering Research Institute
  • US Resiliency Council

Relevant Experience

  • Insight Structural Engineers (2008-present)
    Project Manager
  • O’Connor Construction Management (2004-2007)
    Project Engineer


  • Contributed to design, modeling, cost analysis, construction and presentation for a Seismic Design Competition for Pacific Earthquake Engineering Research (PEER).

Awards and Honors

  • SEAOSC Excellence in Structural Engineering Award for Rusnak Pasadena, 2013
  • UC Berkeley Fellowship, 2007-2008
  • ASCE Impromptu Design Team Award, 2004
  • PEER Seismic Design Team Award, 2004