Our Team

Structural engineers and draftees who are the best in the business



  • Chartered Professional Engineer
  • Member, Institute of Professional Engineers New Zealand (MIPENZ)
  • Member, New Zealand Structural Engineering Society (SESOC)
  • Master of Engineering (Structural), University of Toronto
  • Bachelor of Engineering (Civil) (1st Class Hons), University of Canterbury

Terry Dawson


Senior structural engineer with 15 years’ international experience in building structures, with a particular interest in seismic engineering, high rise structures and low damage building technologies. In addition to New Zealand, I have worked in Canada, the USA, the UK and Israel. 

I work with building owners, developers, designers, contractors and users on projects that contribute positively to our built environment.

I analyse, design, document and supervise a range of new and refurbished building types and develop cost-effective, high-quality, efficient and thorough design documentation based on sound structural schemes, which results in efficient designs that minimise construction, operation and maintenance issues.

My personal philosophy of thorough building design and documentation will save you time and money during construction and my experience both overseas and in New Zealand, including on the Christchurch rebuild, allow me to conceive of and apply a range of solutions.

You can expect me to adopt a pro-active approach to working with your wider team and resolving problems. You’ll find me honest and straightforward and I will strive to understand and provide for your needs.

Work highlights have included:
  • Multiple projects related to the Christchurch rebuild including peer review of the von Haast Building at the University of Canterbury, the refurbishment of the 18-storey Crowne Plaza hotel and various residential, office and industrial rebuilds. I am proud to have contributed positively to the rebuild, including justifying the repurposing of a significant tall building to save it from potential demolition.
  • The Veers Towers in Las Vegas, USA consisting of two 37-storey residential towers on a 4.5° lean from vertical. I contributed to the many architectural feature elements of the towers and to the design of the lateral load resisting systems to resist wind and seismic forces, plus the leaning effects.
  • The Canadian Museum for Human Rights in Winnipeg. This is a geometrically complex steel and concrete building which houses over 25,000m² of museum space. I was a senior member of the design team, directing other structural designers and supervising construction.
Projects I have worked on