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Jamie Garza has over 16 years of experience in structural and earthquake engineering design. Leading the structural design for projects in Education, Civic, Aviation, Residential, Hospitality, Fine Arts, Performing Arts, Healthcare, and Commercial sectors. Jamie has utilized performance-based engineering for the design of new buildings, the retrofit of existing buildings, and the evaluation of existing building for over 40 buildings. She led the innovative retrofit of the LAX Theme Building using a mass damper on top of the building to counteract earthquake shaking. Managing the structural design and collaborated closely with the architects and contractor for the new Waldorf Astoria Hotel in Beverly Hills. Jaime also managed the design coordination and structural design for four 10-story precast student housing towers at Stanford University, adding over 2,400 beds for graduate housing. Jamie co-authored the paper “Should We Rely on Existing Building Lateral Systems when Retrofitting Buildings?” and presented the findings during the 2018 Structural Engineering Association of California Convention. The research provides an overview of our building codes and analysis tools, as well as a complete picture of what earthquake resiliency requires. She is committed to collaborating with clients and architects to truly implement resilient structural design.