Rafael Sabelli

Rafael Sabelli

Rafael Sabelli, PE, SE

Principal
Structures

Rafael is an award-winning, recognized industry leader in the development of seismic design solutions and seismic design regulations, and he continues to focus on improving how buildings sustain earthquakes. Rafael is widely published on a variety of technical topics related to the seismic design of important buildings, and has been invited to make numerous presentations to his industry peers.  He is also a key figure in the steel industry and led the effort to develop and adopt design procedures for buckling restrained braced frames that ultimately led to being awarded the T.R. Higgins lectureship.  As past president of the Structural Engineers Association of Northern California, he continues to serve in leadership positions on many professional organizations sharing his 19 years of experience in structurally-challenging projects. Rafael is a licensed structural engineer in the states of California, Nevada, and Washington. He earned his Master of Architecture and Master of Civil Engineering from the University of California in Berkeley.

See Rafael's discussion on Beyond Code: Engineering Buildings for Extreme Performance

Why did you choose Walter P Moore?
Creativity and energy of the people; I knew Larry Griffis; [they’re] changing what structural engineering means, how it’s done.
If you had to choose a different career, what would it be?
Stage set designer. I love the temporary nature of the constructions and the freedom that gives…
Who or what inspires you?
…a unique engineering challenge.
What gives you the most satisfaction in your work?
Working with a creative team solving problems together: architects, mechanical engineers, contractors, the internal Walter P Moore teams.

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Phone Number: 
415-963-6302

PUBLICATIONS

FEMA 451 Seismic Design Examples – Application of Building Code Requirements; SCBF and BRBF Systems, Building Seismic Safety Council, 2010

“Design of a Buckling-Restrained Braced Frame Utilizing 2005 Seismic Standards,” Proceedings, ASCE Structures Conference, 2005

Ductile Design of Steel Structures”, 2011 (Coauthor, with Michel Bruneau and Chia-Ming Uang)

Steel Plate Shear Walls, (AISC Design Guide Series). American Institute of Steel Construction, Chicago, Illinois, with Michel Bruneau(2007).

NCSEA Diaphragm Design Guide, ICC. With Badri Prasad and Doug Thompson, (2009).

AWARDS