Kristopher Takacs


Managing Principal, USA + Canada East Practice Leader

Washington, D.C.


Kristopher Takács leads SOM’s regional office in Washington, D.C. In this capacity, he is responsible for building and maintaining meaningful client relations between SOM and leading public institutions and authorities, private-sector real-estate developers, and public-private partnerships. Takács steers the office’s work in large-scale mixed-use development, commercial office, cultural, government, education, transportation, and other market sectors. He participates in the executive management of the firm’s city design, transportation, and government practices.

Having joined SOM in 2004, Takács draws on more than 20 years of experience as an architect, urban designer, and project manager. He is recognized for his hands-on leadership in delivering landmark buildings, innovative urban districts, and regional plans whose success is built on design excellence, high-quality civic spaces, highly integrated transportation systems, and high performance architecture. He has overseen projects in the United States, Europe, the Middle East, China, and India.

As a transportation specialist, Takács is an advocate for multimodalism and pedestrian-prioritized city design. He has shaped more than 40 projects addressing urban mobility through metro mass transit, light rail transit, commuter rail, high-speed rail, and intermodal hubs.

Notable boundary-pushing projects led by Takács include the Denver Union Station redevelopment, Philadelphia 30th Street Station District Plan, and All Aboard Florida’s three Brightline intercity passenger rail stations and associated transit-oriented development. Presently he is overseeing work on the National Museum of the United States Army.

Selected Work