Zweig Group is honored to have the distinguished and inspirational Dr. Kit Miyamoto as a keynote speaker for this year’s Hot Firm conference & AEC Industry Awards Conference. Dr. Miyamoto, CEO of Miyamoto International, built a global earthquake structural engineering firm from a five-man Sacramento company into 19 offices in 12 countries with one simple purpose: make the world a better, safer place. A purpose-driven mission drives growth of the company by attracting equally purpose-driven individuals and clients.
While working in earthquake-devastated China and Haiti, Dr. Miyamoto saw collapsed schools in which thousands of children perished. This tragedy inspired him to set his company on the path to save the world from earthquake disaster and also create Miyamoto Global Disaster Relief, a technical nonprofit that retrofits dangerous schools and heritage buildings. Miyamoto Relief gathers together innovative funding partners when traditional funding is lacking to achieve its mission.
From iconic projects such as Theme Building at LAX and Michelangelo’s Pieta Rondanini, to helping countries from Nepal to Costa Rica mitigate disaster risk, his firm has completed more than 20,000 challenging projects worldwide.
Miyamoto has won the ENR “Best Global Project” award an unprecedented three consecutive times, in 2014, 2015 and 2016. Major media such as ABC, BBC, CBS, CNN, PBS, NBC, the Discovery Channel, the Los Angeles Times, The New York Times and Rolling Stone have profiled the firm’s work. Dr. Miyamoto was a featured expert in the “Designing for Disaster” exhibit at the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C.