Nabih Youssef

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Nabih Youssef
Born Egypt
Nationality Egyptian-American
Education Cairo University
California State University, Los Angeles
University of California, Los Angeles
Engineering career
Discipline Structural engineer
Institutions American Society of Civil Engineers
Structural Engineers Association of California
Practice name Nabih Youssef & Associates
Projects Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels
Getty Villa
Cleveland Museum of Art Expansion
LA Live! Hotel & Residences

Nabih Youssef, S.E., F.A.S.C.E is an Egyptian-American structural engineer, most recognized for his work in earthquake engineering.[1]

Education & Working Life[edit]

In 1967, Youssef received a B.S. in Structural Engineering from Cairo University. After emigrating to the United States he received a M.S. from C.S.U.-L.A. and then a postgraduate Diploma in Earthquake Engineering from U.C.L.A..[1]

Youssef lead the engineering division at A.C. Martin Partners before founding his own firm, Nabih Youssef & Associates (NYA), in 1989.[2]

Notable Projects[edit]

L.A. Live! Hotel & Residences[edit]

L.A. Live! Tower seen from street level.

The 56-story L.A. Live! Tower is currently under construction in downtown Los Angeles. It uses an advanced steel plate shear wall system to resist lateral loads and is the first building in Los Angeles to so.[3][4]

Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels[edit]

Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels used base isolation to achieve a structure that would last 500 years.[5]


J. Paul Getty Museum Villa
Cleveland Museum of Art Expansion
Skirball Jewish Cultural Center
Los Angeles County Museum of Art
Walter E. Washington Convention Center
Dodger Stadium Renovations Los Angeles City Hall Renovations
Los Angeles Coliseum Renovations

Contributions to Field[edit]

Youssef pioneered the use of base isolation to seismically protect structures.[6] He is a Lecturer at the USC School of Architecture.[7] Additionally, Youssef has been involved in various industry and governmental panels, notably:

Congressional Office of Technology Assessment advisory panel member[8] Chair of the Vision 2000 Committee and the Seismology Committee of the Structural Engineers Association of California. Chair of Project Restore, a non-profit organization dedicated to the historic restoration and revitalization of historic facilities in Los Angeles.[9]


Recipient of two Design-Build Institute of America Public Sector Building merit awards in 2005.[10]

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