Chris Kahanek

Chris Kahanek Walter P Moore

Chris Kahanek, PE, SE, AIA, CMEngNZ, IntPE(NZ)


Chris Kahanek is the Managing Director of the Diagnostics Group in Los Angeles / Southern California. He is a licensed architect and structural engineer with more than 15 years of experience in design and forensic consulting. Over the past decade, he has focused on assessing and mitigating damage to structures and building envelopes affected by earthquakes, fire, and storm events. Chris has provided a variety of services including risk evaluation, retrofit design, repair design, project management, code compliance consulting, litigation support, and trial testimony.

What gives you the most satisfaction in your work?
Mentoring and supporting junior staff.
What’s the best advice you’ve received — so far?
Jump in with both feet and fully commit to your current role in life, but never lose sight of the big picture.
Why did you choose Walter P Moore?
Among competitors, Walter P Moore comes the closest to being an ideal "One-Firm Firm." This is due to its practice-focused financial structure that requires the leaders to act as farmers sharing resources and knowledge rather than isolated hunters fending for themselves at the expense of others.