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Male, born 1927-09-28

Associated with the firms network

Christiansen, John V., Consulting Engineer; Skilling and Helle, Structural Engineers; Skilling, Helle, Christiansen, and Robertson, Incorporated, Engineers; Skilling, Worthington, Helle and Christiansen, Incorporated, Engineers; Witt, W.H., Company; Worthington and Skilling, Engineers

Professional History

Engineer, W.H. Witt Company, Engineers, Seattle, WA, c. 1952-1962; Engineer/Partner, Skilling and Helle, Engineers, Seattle, WA, 1962-c. 1966; Partner, Skilling, Worthington, Helle and Christiansen, Structural Engineers, Seattle, WA, c. 1966-1968; Partner, Skilling, Helle, Christiansen, Robertson, Engineers, Seattle, WA, 1968-1983; Principal, John Christiansen, Consulting Engineer, Bainbridge Island, WA, 1988-2002; during his years with W.H. Witt Company and its successor firms, Christiansen began work as a project engineer and steadily moved his way up to Senior Partner and then President. He retired from Skilling, Helle, Christiansen, and Robertson, Incorporated, Engineers, in 1983.

Affiliate Professor, University of Washington, Seattle, 1984-1987.

Christiansen was a Licensed Structural Engineer in WA, CA, AK and HI.

Elected to National Academy of Engineers (NAE), Civil Engineering Section, 1985; Fellow, American Concrete Institute; Fellow, American Society of Civil Engineers; Honorary Member; Structural Engineers Association of Washington, Hall of Fame, 2012; Named WSPE Professional Engineer of the Year by the Puget Sound Engineering Council, 2012, for his pioneering work with thin-shell concrete structures. Christiansen became a prominent exponent of thin-shell concrete structures during the 1950s-1970s; he spread and refined the ideas of such first-generation engineering innovators as Anton Tedesko, Pierluigi Nervi and Felix Candela. In the US, he became an authority on this type of construction, not just in the Pacific Northwest, but nationally. His buildings, while still economical and efficient, also possessed an artistry that was not often seen in utilitarian structures. His rooflines, composed of complex curving forms, have a rare sculptural elegance.


B.S. Architectural Engineering, University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana, IL, 1949; Masters of Civil Engineering, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL, 1950;


Born in Chicago, IL, he lived there and in Oak Park, IL, during his youth. He went to college at the University of IL, Champaign-Urbana, IL, and had relocated to Seattle by at least 1952.

Known as "Jack" Christiansen. He was a member of Beta Theta Pi Fraternity at the University of Illinois. Christiansen's professional list of accomplishments was very long having worked as structural engineer on some of the best know buildings of his day, both locally and nationally. These would include: the United States Science Pavilion at the Seattle World's Fair (1962), Washington State Coliseum (1962), World Trade Center, New York, NY (1973), Rivergate Exhibition Facility, New Orleans (1973) Kingdome, Seattle (1976), Museum of Flight, Seattle (1987), and Washington State Convention and Trade Center, Seattle (1988).

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