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Josh Dortzbach

S.E., P.E.


Josh is one of the founding partners of FSE. He enjoys a truly collaborative process between architect, engineer, builder and owner where the balance of art, science, constructability and communication are key ingredients to a successful partnership. He brings 25 years of experience in both modern new buildings and historic adaptive re-use projects that emphasize structural ingenuity. Josh has a background in both structural engineering and liberal arts that make him a life-long student of projects and people. He leads with creativity and flexibility in an effort to help find better solutions alongside employees and clients. Josh strives for technical excellence, artistic creativity, and practical application.

Josh enjoys time with his wife and four boys. Josh grew up in Kenya where he learned to appreciate cross cultural life. Although the balance can be difficult, Josh strives for a motto of “Faith/Family/Work”. He and his family are actively involved in their south side neighborhood of Chicago. In his free time, Josh enjoys mountain climbing, carpentry, sketching,  urban fire pits and fine cigars.



B.S. Civil Engineering

Structural Emphasis

B.A. Liberal Arts

Illinois Institute of Technology


Wheaton College


Structural Engineer (S.E.)

Professional Engineer (P.E.)


Alabama, Connecticut, Florida, Maryland, Michigan, Nebraska, New Jersey, New York, Ohio


Viceroy Hotel  |  Chicago, IL

Hoxton Hotel  |  Chicago, IL

By The Hand Club for Kids  |  Chicago, IL

Graduate Hotel  |  East Lansing, MI

Farm on Ogden  | Chicago, IL

INTRO Cleveland  |  Cleveland, OH

Virgin Hotel  |  Chicago, IL

Casa Morelos  |  Chicago, IL

Chicago Athletic Association  |  Chicago, IL

Robey & Hollander  |  Chicago, IL

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