The Founders and History of the Nishkian Firms
Leon Hagop Nishkian
San Francisco was a partially ruined city, badly in need of rebuilding, at the time L.H. Nishkian received his degree of B.S. in Civil Engineering from the University of California. He, with others, immediately started on that job and remained at it.
Mr. Nishkian started his engineering work back in 1906 when he went to work for G. Albert Landsburgh, Architect, on the two Gunst buildings, the old Orpheum Theater on O’Farrell Street and several others that showed that the confidence in him, even at his then youth, was not misplaced. Following his graduation, Mr. Nishkian was associated for several years with engineering firms and architects as a structural engineer in the design and construction of steel and concrete buildings. Learn More
Byron Levon Nishkian
San Francisco was a city rebuilding from the war time economy, at the time Byron L. Nishkian, Assoc. M. ASCE, inherited sole ownership of the firm from his father in 1947 and continued the practice under the firm name of L.H. and B.L. Nishkian at 1005 Sansome Street, San Francisco
Byron Nishkian graduated from Poly Tech High School in 1934 and was always interested in engineering. When asked how his father, a Turkish Armenian immigrant, became interested in engineering, he has no answer. No can he explain why or even when engineering began to interest him. “I guess it was inbred in me,” Nishkian says. “Armenians have always been designing and constructing structures, for years. Long before I went to school I spent my vacations working on my father’s buildings. I’ve done every job you can think of in construction.” Learn More
Levon Hall Nishkian
San Francisco was a city just a few days away from the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake when Levon H. Nishkian, PE, re-opened the firm his father, and his grandfather before him, had established. Under the firm name of Nishkian Menninger and with his partner for the endeavors Kevin Menninger (see below), Levon H. Nishkian renewed the firm which has been a success since 1919.
Opening the firm, with the imposing task of measuring up to his grandfather Levon H. Nishkian, whose biographers considered “an outstanding Structural Engineer,” and “one of the greatest Structural Engineers of his time,” was a daunting enough goal. But, add to that the additional measure of his father, Byron L. Nishkian, who was qualified as: “industrious in his work, regardless of hours and conditions, ” and one whose “integrity is unquestionable and that his morals are above reproach.” Learn More