Josh Raney, SE


Josh’s passion for buildings and design began in his youth, spending time with his grandfather who was an architect living in a traditional Eichler home in the Bay Area. This passion found roots in structural engineering throughout his studies at Cal Poly and his career at ZFA, where he specializes in unique, high-end residential designs. As a leader in ZFA’s residential Design Studio, he has had the opportunity to mentor new engineers and develop operations systems to hone efficiency and improve communications.


    • Delivers “outside-the-box” solutions utilizing non-traditional engineering methods to maintain a solutions-oriented mindset
    • Prioritizes clear communication with all members of the design team to ensure client goals are coordinated and calibrated with the structural design
    • Provides leadership within ZFA’s operations group by identifying growth opportunities in standard processes

Josh understands that, ultimately, structural engineering is a service industry first and that client satisfaction will always take priority. He cherishes opportunities to reach beyond the minimum and provide additional value for the client and design team.

“To me, perfect structural engineering harmony exists in a narrow plane wedged between efficiency and intrigue.”
9 years
BS in Architectural Engineering
Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo

MS in Architecture with specialization in Architectural Engineering
Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo
Cal OES Safety Assessment Program

Structural Engineers Association of Northern California (SEAONC)

SEAONC Construction Quality Assurance Committee Member

American Institute of Architects (AIA), San Francisco Chapter
Josh enjoys finding and conquering challenges, whether trekking 50 miles through remote Alaska backcountry, running a marathon, rock climbing, or skydiving. In quieter moments, he prefers spending time with friends and family and cheering on the Giants, Warriors, and 49ers.