Studio NYL Bio


Studio NYL, a Boulder, Colorado-based structural engineering and facade design firm known for its exemplary skills, has earned the trust and respect of architects around the world for delivering truly innovative design-led solutions that exceed the conventional.


Founded in 2004 by Christopher [Chris] O'Hara, PE and Julian Lineham, PE, Studio NYL's vision is rooted in the founders' belief that all architectural design can be elevated through the inventive use of structures that enhance rather than limit design. It is this passion for raising design standards through the "artful use of structure" on every project—whether humble or grandiose in scope—that drives their distinctively poetic approach.


Described by the firm's many clients as led by professionals who have "mastered their craft," "find joy and excitement in it all" and "achieve what is seemingly unimaginable," Studio NYL has earned a loyal following of local, national and international architects. From their exceptionally detailed execution and vigilant implementation of multiple global technologies to, as one client put it, their "wild and crazy exploration" of new approaches and ideas, Studio NYL is the best structural partner a progressive architect could engage.


Chris' and Julian's innovative ideals for the structural engineering profession grew out of their early diversity of experiences working on both humble and highly visible structures in New York, London and the Middle East. Julian spent the first decade of his career with three of England's renowned structural engineering firms, leading teams on notable projects like Microsoft's prestigious UK headquarters campus, redevelopment of the 12-story historic No. 1 Princes Street structure in the heart of London, and the new British Embassy in Oman.


Chris launched his career in New York City where he worked on many unique structural engineering projects as well as signature architectural buildings. From theatrical rigging and amusement park rides, to floating structures, huge facades and challenging structural glazing projects, Chris' training is rooted in one-of-a-kind initiatives like the Rose Center for Earth and Space, the Rolling Stones 'Bridges to Babylon Tour' and the Starlight Theatre. [See Julian's and Chris' professional bios for more detailed information.]


Chris' and Julian's affinity for inventive approaches to structural systems and a collaborative approach to relationships are the critical cornerstones of Studio NYL's client-focused services. Their commitment to community involvement, industry education and the support of professional organizations is also a priority. Involvement in and contribution to the American Institute of Architects, the Structural Engineers Association of Colorado, the US Green Building Council, the Boulder Green Building Guild, the University of Colorado's School of Architecture, Denver Architectural Foundation, and numerous other non-profits gives them an opportunity to share their inventive approaches and passion for architectural structure with a broader audience while furthering their cause.


Over the last few years, Studio NYL has grown rapidly from a firm focused primarily on smaller scale Front Range residential and institutional projects, to being known more broadly for its higher education, law enforcement, arts and other sector work throughout the Western Mountain Region. Today, in addition to its extensive portfolio of conventional building types of all sizes and complexity, Studio NYL is overseeing an expanding number of ground breaking global projects which allows the principals to explore new structural and architectural technologies, skin applications, environmental solutions and more. Chris and Julian also continue to seek out opportunities to reinvent existing traditional systems on landmark buildings around the world.


Julian's and Chris' passion for collaboration with architects and other design team members is at the foundation of their drive for holistic design innovation. Their desire to find the most appropriate solution for every problem, and their commitment to remaining grounded in tried-and-true engineering principles, allows them to remain at the vanguard of emerging techniques, approaches and technologies. Constantly evolving, they look to the future of their profession with great anticipation and an unrelenting desire to bring their passion for great architecture to progressive clients around the globe.



Studio NYL | Structural Engineers | Facade Designers

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