Peter J. Kindel
AIA, RIBA, ASLA, Director of Urban Design and Planning
Peter J. Kindel is a California-based architect and urbanist focused on the design of cities and their complementary relationship to transportation and environmental systems. He specializes in large-scale design and planning for both public- and private-sector clients, and his interdisciplinary work includes mixed-use master plans, academic planning, new communities, public infrastructure, and open space systems.
Currently the Director of SOM’s City Design Practice for western North America, Kindel is focused on the unique issues facing that region. His projects at SOM include a National Plan for the Kingdom of Bahrain, Chicago’s Millennium Park, and China’s Chongming Island Master Plan among other notable efforts. Originally based in Chicago, Kindel subsequently established SOM’s City Design Practice studio in Hong Kong, undertaking numerous projects throughout China, Australia, and Southeast Asia.
With this global experience, Kindel offers clients an international perspective for their design challenges. His work is best represented by the concept of sustainable urbanism, which blends infrastructure, natural systems, and architectural design into compelling development solutions that address both client needs and issues of global urbanization. Collectively, the projects in which Kindel has played a significant design role have been honored with over 20 major design awards from the American Institute of Architects, the Urban Land Institute, and the Congress for New Urbanism, among other organizations.
Kindel is a member of the Urban Land Institute’s Public Development and Infrastructure Council, and is active in interdisciplinary research and pro-bono efforts to improve our cities. These include National Geographic's "Future City" project (2019), The Hong Kong Waterline (2016), and The Last Four Miles (2010), a plan to complete Chicago’s public shoreline.