Peter J. Kindel
AIA, ASLA, Director of Urban Design and Planning
Peter J. Kindel is an architect focused on the design of cities, communities, and districts and their complementary relationship to environmental and transportation systems. In his 22-year career, his projects have included mixed-use master plans, city plans, new communities, urban conservation, and the design of streets and park systems.
Kindel specializes in large-scale, mixed-use development projects for public-sector, private sector, institutional, and professional-services clients. Kindel has addressed urban design and site planning issues in a variety of scales, from a national plan for the Kingdom of Bahrain to design guidelines for American communities.
Currently a director in SOM’s City Design Practice, Kindel’s work is best represented by the concept of sustainable urbanism. His projects seek to blend infrastructure, natural systems, and architectural design into compelling development solutions. Projects on which Kindel has had a significant design role have been honored with 14 national and regional design awards from the American Institute of Architects, the Urban Land Institute, and the Congress for New Urbanism, among others. With a degree in landscape architecture, Kindel approaches all projects with an appreciation for ecological forms and processes and is dedicated to incorporating sustainable concepts in practice.
Kindel is active in civic affairs, serving on the boards of the Congress for New Urbanism - Illinois Chapter and Chicago’s Friends of Downtown. Kindel served as chair of AIA Chicago’s Regional and Urban Design Knowledge Committee and Greater North Michigan Avenue Association’s 21st Century Planning Committee. He chaired Mayor Richard M. Daley’s Landscape and Open Space Committee in 2011 and has devoted significant pro-bono hours to planning initiatives, most recently the Friends of the Park’s Last Four Miles project to complete Chicago’s public lakefront.