Joe Ales

Managing Principal/Structures

Practice Areas

Joe’s structural engineering specialties include entertainment, aviation, and hospitality projects, and he has particular technical expertise in long-span structures, complex structural steel framing, and post-tensioned concrete.


Bringing a passion for 3D modeling, graphics programs, and the use of BIM, Joe oversaw the implementation of our team’s Revit Structure starting in 2005, and is currently deeply involved in the firm’s now wide-spread use of parametric modeling. 


Ph.D., Structural Engineering, The University of Texas at Austin
M.S. and B.S., Civil Engineering, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee


  • “Managing the Risks of BIM,” Joseph M. Ales Jr., Ph.D., S.E., Structure, April 2010

  • “Steeling Home,” Joseph M. Ales Jr., Ph.D., S.E. and Justin Barton, P.E., Modern Steel Construction, June 2010, Volume 50, Number 6

  • “Navisworks is Not Just for Clash Detection,” Joseph Ales, AEC Edge, Summer 2010

  • “Top Model,” Joseph M. Ales Jr., PanStadia, Volume 14/ No. 1, Autumn/Fall 2007

  • “The Design and Construction of the University of Phoenix Stadium Retractable Roof,” Joseph M. Ales Jr., BSCES Fall 2007 Lecture Series, Innovative Structures, October 23, 2007, Boston, MA

  • “Raised in Arizona,” Stadia, October 2005


  • 40 Best Under 40, Building Design + Construction, 2006

  • Structural Engineering Institute, Awarded to Fellow