Patterson Engineering, Inc. (PEI) stands as an acclaimed Structural Engineering Firm, proudly located in San Diego, CA, and Austin, TX. Our mission is to collaboratively design enduring structures, foster meaningful relationships, and contribute to lasting prosperity.

Bay House, 2023 SEAOSD Excellence in Structural Engineering Award

A Relationship Driven Firm Dedicated To Your Success

PEI proudly engages with architects, contractors, developers, and property owners who share our passion for inspired design. Industry partners consistently choose to collaborate with PEI due to our unwavering responsiveness, enthusiasm for tackling challenges, comprehensive project perspective, and dependable presence as team members.

Boasting more than 17 years in the structural engineering business, our proficiency is your peace of mind. We specialize in bringing a human approach to a highly technical process and are sought after for our competency in delivering elevated designs with precision and clarity.

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Featured Work

We create a range of structures from exceptional homes to modern mixed-use buildings that combine strong construction and stunning design. Each project in our portfolio demonstrates our attention to detail, highlighting our commitment to the site's unique features, the owners' diverse perspectives, and the creative input of the design team.

Station Craft
marine lair
Bay House
The Nautilus

An Award-Winning Firm Dedicated to Excellence

PEI has been nationally recognized in engineering excellence, sustainability, innovation, and aesthetic integrity. Our commitment to distinction ensures results without compromise, an elevation in form and detail.


Our clients say it best. From first-time experiences to long-term partnerships, we invite you to read our client’s testimonials and see why they continue to choose PEI for their structural needs.

“The principal Curtis is a pleasure to work with”
Florence Architects has enjoyed working with Patterson Engineering on several projects over the course of many years now and many more to come. The principal Curtis is a true professional and a pleasure to work with; he is very knowledgable and truly listens to the architects & owners needs.

Jason C. Florence

Principal Architect | Florence Architects

“working with Patterson engineering is a pleasure”
HLLK Architects has enjoyed working with this team on multiple projects and it's always a pleasure. Patterson Engineering is responsive, meets deadlines and provides thoughtful engineering solutions with a smile.

Hilary Lowe

Principal Architect | HLLK Architects

"I've been completely satisfied w/ the work that comes out of his office."
As an architect, I've been working closely w/ Curtis @ Patterson Engineering for years on multiple projects. He has helped me w/ everything from small structural issues to large scale federal projects. If you have the need for a great structural / civil engineer I'd recommend you give Curtis a call + discuss your project w/ him. He is friendly + very professional.

Sean Canning

Principal Architect | Ten Seventy Architecture

"Curtis is one of the most diligent engineers I've met."
I have had the pleasure of knowing Curtis since 2000 and working with him on several projects since 2006. He consistently meets deadlines and is readily available to respond to questions or comments. He is knowledgeable not only of fundamental structural engineering techniques, but also brings knowledge of cutting edge products and their applications to the table. I highly recommend Curtis for any structural engineering project."

Joseph Bartlett

Supervising Engineer | California Department of Water Resources

"I would highly recommend Curtis for any structural engineering project."
Curtis and I have worked together on several projects. His ability to work with myself as the Architect, and my clients, not against us, has made him stand out as our go-to structural engineer. His experience and open mindedness for new technologies and green building techniques helps us provide our clients with the most efficient and cost effective design solutions.

T. Dustin Hauck

President | Hauck Architecture

"Patterson Engineering is a top tier Engineering Firm."
Very easy to work with, knowledgeable and they have enough experience to know how to Engineer correctly without over Engineering.

David Kuoppamaki

Senior Designer | Kuop Designs

"The turn around time for a complex set of plans is way faster than other engineers in our industry."
I'm a high end pool contractor in San Diego. Curtis has worked with us on numerous occasions. His style of engineering has really saved us a lot of time and effort over other engineers. He is always available if we run into questions in the field, which is hard to find these days. His caisson pool designs save a lot of time and money and sometimes eliminate the need for grade beams. This saves us and clients a lot of time and money.

Bart Jacobs

Owner | La Jolla Pools

"HiGh quality, excellent engineering."
Great problem solving skills and best of all will come thru if and when your contractors make a mistake that requires further engineering to solve. My home remodel project was small by Patterson Engineering standards, but Curtis took it on and delivered high quality structural sheets to my plans. He specs everything above minimum code so that you end up with a very strong structure that can stand the test of time. I would highly recommend Patterson Engineering.

Mike D.

Home Owner / Architect

"Curtis made it easy to get my home addition approved by the city and built."
All his deliverables were detailed and on time. I have recommended Patterson Engineering to a number of friends and neighbors who all have had similar positive experiences working with the firm.

Tyler M.

Home Owner

"Honest, detailed, meticulous, what more do you want?"
I can only speak on a personal level about the integrity of Curtis and how he runs his business. I have yet to have an immediate need for a Structural Engineer myself however; when the time comes he will be my first and only choice. I have referred business to Curtis over the years and feedback I have received is nothing less than stellar.

Heather W.

Home Owner

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At PEI, we prioritize a vibrant, collaborative workplace where our team members can thrive both personally and professionally. Explore our open positions and learn what makes our firm a top choice for the industry’s best talent. 

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Your ideas deserve the best structural solutions. Our award-winning team is eager to support you in your next endeavor.