Our Team

Structural engineers and draftees who are the best in the business



  • A Bursary
  • Bachelor of Civil Engineering, the University of Auckland
  • Chartered Member of the Institute of Structural Engineers (MIStructE)

Matthew Johnson


Senior structural engineer with over 10 years' experience in New Zealand and the UK. I help clients to achieve their architect’s inspiration by understanding the brief and developing a structural solution that supports this.

You can expect me to be flexible in my design approach - I am willing to look at all options. My solid background in all materials means I can consider not only what will work best but what’s available, at what price and in what timeframe. For example, in 2015 I provided structural input into two hotels being constructed in Kathmandu, Nepal. I married Structural Design’s seismic experience with locally available building products to create a well designed structure that was easy for local labourers to install.

In the UK I worked a lot with concrete, and my experience is predominantly in the area of medium-rise residential and commercial buildings.

This has taught me three things that are critical to delivering a successful design: understanding the brief, working closely with other professionals to achieve the client’s goals and considering the buildability of the various structural options open to me.

If you choose to work with me you can expect me to present information clearly, work closely with your wider team and deliver buildable structural designs that result in a building or other structure of which you can be proud.

Work highlights have included:
  • Designing the structure for an Olympic Community Area, a legacy project for the Olympic Park in Stratford, London. This featured cross-laminated timber and resulted in an attractive building in an iconic location.
  • Designing the structure for the National Film and TV School in London. This involved close coordination with a multi-disciplinary team and dealing with construction issues in a timely manner. 

I enjoy surfing, heading to the mountain and spending time with my family.