Paul Villotti

PE, Fellow, Society of Fire Protection Engineers

Director of Fire Protection Engineering
Whether mentoring the next generation of fire and life safety experts, leading AIA-accredited code classes for architects, walking a job site with a facility manager, or helping an owner deal with a code issue — Paul, Henderson Engineers’ director of fire protection engineering, is most at home when he's teaching others.

An industry-renowned fire protection and life safety expert, Paul has spent the last 35 years helping venue managers, operators, and facility owners obtain building permits, coordinate with fire marshals, and resolve building and fire code issues by providing technical justification for code equivalencies and variances. He’s basically a human code book. Paul has intimate knowledge of code requirements and is passionate about sharing the fundamental safety principles behind the rules. A lifetime avid learner, he is known for wanting to understand all facets of a project so he can provide the best counsel, while also adhering to the owner’s overall vision. A key member of our Henderson University program, Paul also spends time mentoring and training our staff and clients. We promise you’ll want to attend one of his trainings — his enthusiasm about fire and life safety is definitely contagious.


  • Bachelor of Fire Protection Engineering

    Illinois Institute of Technology

Thought Leadership

  • Article

    Repurposing Spaces: Hy-Vee Arena

  • Article

    Design Guidelines for Infection Control

  • Article

    How a New Definition of Convenience is Changing Retail