- Christopher Calott holds a Bachelor of Arts, Honors, degree in Urban Theory and Design from Brown University, while also studying at the Institute for Architecture and Urban Design in New York and the Rhode Island School of Design. He received his Master of Architecture degree from Princeton University.
Christopher Calott, AIA is an award-winning architect, urban designer, academic and real estate developer. He is the inaugural Lalanne Chair in Real Estate Development, Architecture & Urbanism at UC Berkeley, and the founding Faculty Director of a new Master of Real Estate Development + Design Program, which he launched in 2018. He is also currently the Vice Chair of the Master of Urban Design Program, where he instructs on urban design practice, theory, and large scale urban redevelopment. Previously, he was the Director of the Master of Sustainable Real Estate Development Program at Tulane University, where he developed a curriculum in “regenerative development”, working in post-Katrina New Orleans, and throughout the United States. His academic focus and applied research investigates the agency and role that design can play in the creation of more vibrant and socially equitable urban places, often through a critical understanding of development practices and their impact on social, economic and urban form. Calott has pursued significant research in the areas of urbanism, affordable housing, informal settlements and sustainability through competitions, community-based projects and published work tied to teaching appointments at numerous Universities throughout the United States, Mexico and Latin America. And, his longstanding work and research on informal urbanization patterns and social justice issues at the US - Mexico Borderlands culminated in FRONTERA / BORDER: 7th Concurso Internacional ARQUINE, an international design competition and Congress convened in Mexico City. He has continued his research and writing on informal settlement communities, also working in Mumbai, India, and while at Berkeley recently investigating fringe settlements in Cairo, Egypt through a National Science Foundation grant.
Calott’s active practice-based research at Berkeley investigates the role that private sector real estate development plays in creating more equitable and resilient communities through his professional work in the Bay Area. Focused on the redevelopment of disinvested urban communities, he is currently a design and development consultant on a large housing redevelopment project and on the creation of a new town center, employing innovative financing and urban design strategies. He helped organize an International Competition for the redevelopment of a prominent 50-acre Silicon Valley site, engaging some of the leading urban designers and architects in the world, seeking to demonstrate new models for infill housing density. His significant practical expertise on climate change, sustainability and urban redevelopment, notably as a ULI Advisory Services Specialist, contributed to a resilience and disaster relief study for the municipality of Toa Baja, in post-Hurricane Maria Puerto Rico. And, most recently, he was called to serve on ULI’s Sonoma County Resilience Advisory Services Panel to prepare a report assessing land use, development, and local energy grid strategies which promote community preparedness and economic resilience in the face of increasing California wildfire events.
Formerly, Chris was a founding principal of CALOTT + GIFFORD Architecture / Urban Design and founding partner of the real estate development firm INFILL SOLUTIONS: Innovative Urban Design and Development, based in Albuquerque and Santa Fe, New Mexico. For over 15 years his two firms worked together to create innovative mixed-use housing, dense infill developments, historic adaptive re-use projects, and vibrant public spaces working principally in cities throughout the Southwest. Employing regional urban building typologies in strikingly modern forms, Calott’s work also engaged non-profit affordable housing and publicly financed urban design projects, often working with urban and rural Native American populations and traditional Hispanic communities throughout the region. Practicing architecture and real estate development as a “form of Urbanism”, his projects have been recognized with over 65 local, State, National, and International Design Awards.
Christopher Calott holds a Bachelor of Arts, Honors, in Urban Theory and Design from Brown University. He received a Certificate in Architecture from the Institute for Architecture and Urban Studies in New York, and his Master of Architecture degree from Princeton University. Calott was awarded a Loeb Fellowship at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design in 2011-12.
- Selected Publications
“Housing as a Form of Non-formal Urbanism in Mumbai” published in Extreme Urbanism II, Harvard University Press, Cambridge, Massachusetts, 2013.
“Return to Common Ground: New and Revitalized Plazas in New Mexico,” published in The Plazas of New Mexico, Trinity Press, San Antonio, 2012.
The Pacheco Street Lofts Infill Development, published in ULI Development Case Studies, Urban Land Institute, Washington, D.C., 2009.
“Urban Interlopers,” published in Metropolis, March, 2008.
“Unexpected Opportunities of an Urbanist Practice,” published in Professional Practice 101: Business Strategies and Case Studies in Architecture, John Wiley & Sons, Hoboken, New Jersey, 2006.
“FRONTERA / BORDER, 7th Concurso Internacional ARQUINE: A Border Crossing at Anapra, Ciudad Juarez –Sunland Park, New Mexico,” published in ARQUINE: Revista Internacioanal de Arquitectura, Mexico City, 2005.