21 November 2014
Mary Cocoma | Director Development & External Relations
Christopher Calott Appointed Inaugural Holder of the Robert J. and Millicent C. Lalanne Chair in Real Estate Development, Architecture and Urbanism
Christopher Calott has recently been appointed as the inaugural holder of the Robert J. and Millicent C. Lalanne Chair in Real Estate Development, Architecture and Urbanism.
In 2013, Bob (B.A. Arch. ‘78) and Millicent Lalanne endowed the Lalanne Chair through a generous gift of $1 million matched by the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation. The Lalanne Chair serves as a bridge between the College of Environmental Design and other UC Berkeley schools and colleges — in particular the Haas School of Business and its real estate program, the Goldman School of Public Policy, the College of Engineering, and the Berkeley School of Law.
Chris Calott is an award-winning architect, urban designer, academic and real estate developer. In 1992, he established CALOTT + GIFFORD Architecture / Urban Design and later founded the closely-aligned real estate partnership INFILL SOLUTIONS: Innovative Urban Design and Development in order to facilitate the design and development of forward-thinking urban solutions. Together, his two firms have been responsible for creating progressive regional urban typologies in mixed-use urban housing, dense infill developments, affordable housing, transit-oriented development, and vibrant public plazas in the Southwest, often working with urban Native American populations and traditional Hispanic communities in the region.
Calott’s focus on informal urbanization patterns and social justice issues at the US-Mexico Borderlands resulted in FRONTERA / BORDER: 7th Consurso Internacional ARQUINE, an international design Congress convened in Mexico City. His work has been featured in numerous journals and publications, and in 2011, Fast Company magazine recognized CALOTT + GIFFORD’s award-winning design practice as one of the “50 brilliant urbanites helping to build the cities of American’s future.”
“The complex issues of social and cultural transformation, smart growth, technological innovation, and finance that challenge architects and urban developers today require a new interdisciplinary way of thinking,” said Bob Lalanne. “Chris Calott clearly brings the right kind of knowledge and experience to this Chair that will be a great benefit to the CED Program and the U.S. real estate industry.”
Prior to his arrival at CED this fall, Calott was the Director of the Master of Sustainable Real Estate Development Program within Tulane University’s School of Architecture, where he developed a curriculum in “regenerative development”, working with students in post-Katrina New Orleans, and throughout the United States.
Chris received a Loeb Fellowship at Harvard’s Graduate School of Design in 2011-2012. He holds a Bachelor of Arts, Honors, degree in Urban Theory and Design from Brown University and a Master of Architecture degree from Princeton University.
“We’re very pleased to welcome Chris to CED,” said CED Dean, Jennifer Wolch. “His significant research and interdisciplinary expertise in community-based design, and his focus on socially just and sustainable urban development will enrich our curriculum and be a great asset to the college.”