Gwenyth R. Searer is an Associate Principal with Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates, Inc. Over the past 20 years, Ms. Searer has worked on a number of historic structures, including the Rangers Club, a National Historic Landmark in Yosemite National Park; Sherith Israel, an unreinforced masonry synagogue that was built prior to the 1906 San Francisco earthquake; Crystal Cove, an enclave of forty-eight wood-framed cottages that is on the National Register; Antelope Valley Indian Museum, a wood-framed structure that is on the National Register; and Alcatraz Cellhouse, the maximum security federal penitentiary that is part of the Alcatraz Island National Historic Landmark. Ms. Searer has developed particular expertise in the field of earthquake engineering, including investigation of earthquake-damaged structures after a number of major earthquakes, including Loma Prieta, Northridge, Turkey, Nisqually (Seattle), and Tōhoku (Japan). Gwenyth also specializes in interpretation of building codes, and has successfully proposed numerous modifications to the International Building Code, the International Existing Building Code, and the California Historical Building Code. Ms. Searer is a member of the Structural Engineers Association of California, and the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute.
Gwenyth R. Searer, P.E., S.E., M.ASCE
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