- Master of Architecture in Urban Design, Harvard University
- Bachelor of Architecture, University of California, Berkeley
Partner, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP (SOM), 1985-2001
Consulting Partner, SOM, 2002-present
An internationally known planner and city designer, John Lund Kriken, FAIA, AICP, founded the Planning and Urban Design Studio of SOM's San Francisco office. He has designed plans for a wide array of clients, including national, municipal, institutional, private and public entities. He is known for his work on large-scale commissions designing large districts within cities, high-density inner cities, entirely new cities and plans for the conservation and development of open land. Mr. Kriken has served as design advisor to many cities including Shanghai, Ho Chi Minh, Sao Paulo and San Francisco as well as university campuses and waterfronts across the world.
His Saigon South project for the expansion of Ho Chi Minh city has won both an Urban Design Award from Progressive Architecture and a National Honor Award from the American Institute of Architects. Both his Shanghai and Hong Kong Waterfront plans won National Honor Awards from the AIA in the year 2000. Altogether he has received 25 National Design Awards. He recently authored the master plan for the tenth and newest University of California campus in Merced as well as the Design for Development document for the South of Market, Transbay Terminal neighborhood in downtown San Francisco.
Mr. Kriken received a Master of Architecture in Urban Design from Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design and a Bachelor of Architecture from University of California Berkeley’s College of Environmental Design. He has taught urban design at Washington University, St. Louis, University of California, Berkeley, Rice University, Houston, and the University of Virginia’s Mayors Institute of City Design.
He has authored a number of articles and book chapters including “The Design for Arid Regions” for Gideon Golany’s Town Planning and Cultural and Climate Responsiveness and the “Urban Design” chapter for the International City Managers Association and the American Planning Association’s The Practice of Local Government Planning. He is currently completing Building Cities for the 21st Century, a book with co-author Philip Enquist (Partner, SOM Chicago), to be published in early 2008.