Bachelor of Architecturej, College of Environmental Design, University of California, Berkeley

Master of Architecture in Urban Design, Graduate School of Design, Harvard University


Chair, Dean’s Advisory Council, University of California, Berkeley, College of Environmental Design

Fellow, American Institute of Architects (FAIA)

Member, American Planning Association

Affiliate Member, American Society of Landscape Architects

AIA National Awards Program (Juror)

China National Awards Program: Housing for the 21st Century (Juror)

American Society of Landscape Architects National Awards Program (Juror)


Bay Conservation and Development Commission
Design Review Board, Chair, 1991-Present

University of California, San Francisco, Design Review Board

Past Chair, Dean's Advisory Council, UC Berkeley College of Environmental Design

Past Board Member

  • Intersection for the Arts, San Francisco
  • Fort Mason Cultural Center Advisory Council, San Francisco
  • San Francisco Planning and Urban Research (SPUR)

Past Member

  • University of California, Berkeley, Design Review Board
  • University of California, San Diego, Design Review Board
  • Alumni Council, Harvard Graduate School of Design

Founding Member, The Sunday Afternoon Watercolor Society, 1980-Present


John Kriken is an internationally known city planner and urban designer and the founder of SOM’s San Francisco-based Urban Design & Planning Studio. He served as a general partner from 1994-2004. His professional experience has ranged from plans for new cities to downtowns and neighborhoods, as well as to campus plans for leading corporations and universities.

Mr. Kriken’s work has won more than 20 national design awards from Progressive Architecture, the American Institute of Architects, and the American Society of Landscape Architects, among others. He has taught urban design at the University of California, Berkeley; Rice University; and Washington University, and has served on numerous arts and community boards; design review panels; and design award juries. He is the founding member of the 36-year-old Sunday Afternoon Watercolor Society.

Views of Saigon South, the one million person expansion of Hochimin city, VietNam.

Mr. Kriken’s book, “City Building for the 21st Century” was published by Princeton Architectural Press. He is also an adjunct professor at UC Berkeley, College of Environmental Design, chairs the Design Review Board of the Bay Conservation and Development Commission, is a former Art Commissioner for the City of San Francisco, and is a member of the Design Advisory Board at UC San Francisco.

“Good city building is not created by complex statistics, functional problem solving, or any particular decision-making process. Successful cities instead come from people advocating easily understood human values and principles that take into account the sensory, tactile, and sustainable qualities of environment and design in relation to what is the best of human endeavor.”

City Building: Nine Planning Principles for the Twenty-First Century John Lund Kriken, Philip Enquist, Richard Rapaport

ISBN 9781568988818
Publication date 5/1/2010
7.5 x 10 inches (19.1 x 25.4 cm), Paperback
304 pages, 200 color illustrations, 100 b/w illustrations