Yaron Tov

Principal Architect


1985 Bachelor of Architecture, California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, California

Continuing Education

1996 Specialized Certificate in Fire Protection, University of California, San Diego, Extension

Registration and Certifications

  • 1992 - Licensed Architect, California No. C-23298
  • 1995 - National Council of Architectural Registration Boards, Certificate No. 46671
  • 1996 - Licensed Architect, Arizona No. 30876
  • 1996 - Licensed Architect, Nevada No. 3696
  • 2000 - Licensed Architect, Colorado No. 305794
  • 2008 - Licensed Architect, New Mexico No. 4637
  • 2013 - Certified Accessibility Specialist, California CASp-522

Forensic Experience

  • 1993-Current KPA Associates, Inc., San Diego, California

Yaron A. Tov is senior vice president and a member of the board of directors at KPA Associates, Inc., a forensic architecture and design firm. He has been retained as an expert witness on behalf of individuals, sub-contractors, and builders. Mr. Tov has conducted forensic architectural investigations of commercial buildings, single-family homes and multifamily housing projects totaling thousands of units.  His responsibilities as a principal architect include:

  • Reviewing and analyzing construction documents, contracts, and other construction phase records;
  • Inspecting and documenting existing building and site conditions;
  • Directing and observing destructive testing investigations;
  • Coordinating with other investigative consultants;
  • Researching building codes, materials, installation procedures and other technical issues;
  • Developing repair methods and documentation;
  • Coordinating the preparation of estimates of repair costs and allocations of responsibility;
  • Preparing and issuing reports of findings and repair recommendations;
  • Participating in mediations, settlement conferences and experts' meetings.

Architectural Experience

  • 1993-Current KPA Associates, Inc., San Diego, California
  • 1992-1993 The Austin Hansen Group, San Diego, California
  • 1990-1992 BSHA Design Group (now Carrier Johnson), San Diego, California
  • 1985-1990 Oremen Associates, San Diego, California
  • 1980-1981 James Ellison Architect, San Diego, California

Mr. Tov possesses extensive architectural experience in a wide variety of project types.  He has specialized technical expertise in the areas of building codes and standards, fire-resistive construction, disabled access, and materials specifications.  Over the course of his career, he has been responsible for design, materials research and specification, supervision of construction document preparation and construction contract administration for a broad range of new construction projects.  Mr. Tov's special area of expertise is the analysis, interpretation and application of building codes and regulations, including considerable experience working with building officials.

Professional Affiliations

  • Member, American Institute of Architects
    • 1992 AIA Buiding Department Liaison Committee
    • 1997 AIA San Diego Building Codes & Standards Committee
  • Member, Construction Specifications Institute
  • 1992- 2004 Member, International Conference of Building Officials, San Diego Chapter
  • 1996-2006 Member, National Fire Protection Association