FAIA, AICP, Consulting Partner
John Kriken is an internationally known city planner and urban designer and the founder of SOM’s San Francisco-based Urban Design + Planning Studio. He served as a general partner from 1994 to 2004 and continues today as a consulting partner. His professional experience has ranged from plans for new cities to downtowns and neighborhoods, as well as campus plans for leading corporations and universities.
Kriken’s work has won more than 35 national and international design awards from Progressive Architecture, the American Institute of Architects, the Urban Land Institute, and the American Society of Landscape Architects, among others. He has taught urban design at the University of California, Berkeley, Rice University, and Washington University, and has served on numerous arts and community boards, design review panels, and design award juries. He is the founding member of the 40-year-old Sunday Afternoon Watercolor Society.
Kriken’s book, City Building for the 21st Century, was published by Princeton Architectural Press. He is also a professor at the College of Environmental Design at University of California, Berkeley; chairs the Design Review Board of the Bay Conservation and Development Commission; is a former Art Commissioner for the City of San Francisco; and is a member of the Design Advisory Board at University of California, San Francisco.