Wilson Lai, SE, LEED AP

Sample Projects

  • VA University of California, San Diego
    Peer review and design services for mechanical building roof modification
    San Diego, California
  • Kona Kai Resort and Spa
    New 2-story building and modifications to existing hotel conference area
    San Diego, California
  • Howthorne Veteran and Family Resource Center
    Renovation of the 2-story 10,000 square feet facility
    Escondido, California
  • Dempsey Construction Tenant Improvement
    Structural design for 10,000 square feet office space improvement in existing warehouse
    Carlsbad, California
  • Pedestrian Bridge at Martin Resorts
    New steel bridge spanning across Seaside Canyon
    Pismo Beach, California
  • Shoreline Bluff Stabilization
    Reinforced concrete tied-back retaining walls designed to protect existing bluffs agains environmental erosion
    Various Locations in Pismo Beach and San Diego, California
  • Lincoln Property Company - Blackwelder Campus
    Creative office space in 25 new and existing buildings totaling over 150,000 square feet
    Los Angeles, CA
  • Point Mugu Naval Base
    Seismic evaluation, seismic upgrade and alterations of existing telecommunications building in liquefaction zone to meet federal seismic standards
    Port Hueneme, California

Principal, LEED® AP

Wilson Lai joined Insight Structural Engineers in 2007 after gaining 15 years of experience in structural engineering.

Wilson has extensive structural engineering experience including project management, construction administration, finite element analyses, seismic evaluations, seismic retrofits, and development of construction documents. He has worked on a variety of buildings, marine structures, and other complex structures world-wide.

Wilson is dedicated to providing creative, unique structural solutions for each project.

Wilson is a Disaster Service Worker – trained by the State of California to evaluate and tag buildings after earthquakes.


  • University of California, Berkeley
    Master of Engineering in Structural Engineering, Mechanics and Materials
  • University of California, Berkeley
    Bachelor of Arts in Architecture, with Minor in Structural Engineering

Professional Registration and Accreditation

  • Structural Engineer, California
  • Civil Engineer, California
  • LEED® Accredited Professional
  • US Resiliency Council, Certified Rater and Reviewer

Professional Affiliations

  • American Institute of Steel Construction
  • American Society of Civil Engineers
  • Structural Engineers Association of California
    - Board of Directors, San Diego Chapter (2007- 2009)
  • US Green Building Council
  • US Resiliency Council

Relevant Experience

  • Insight Structural Engineers (2007-present)
    Principal and Project Manager
  • Duncan-Morales & Assoc. (2005-2007)
    Project Engineer
  • Blaylock Engineering Group (2003-2005)
    Project Engineer
  • General Electric (1995-1999)
    Project Manager and Project Engineer
  • The Structures Company (1988-1995)
    Engineering Designer