Chris Calott is the recently appointed associate professor of architecture and the inaugural holder of the Robert J. and Millicent C. Lalanne Chair in Real Estate Development, Architecture and Urbanism of the College of Environmental Design, UC Berkeley. He is an award-winning architect, urban designer and real estate developer. He founded the architectural firm CALOTT + GIFFORD and the real estate partnership INFILL SOLUTIONS to facilitate the design and development of forward- thinking urban solutions. His firms have been responsible for creating progressive mixed-use urban housing, dense infill developments, affordable housing, transit-oriented development, and vibrant public plazas in the Southwest, often in urban Native American and traditional Hispanic communities.
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 recognized CALOTT + GIFFORD’s as one of the “50 brilliant urbanites helping to build the cities of American’s future.”
Following his Loeb Fellowship, 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 for post-Katrina New Orleans other disaster sites in the US. He has a B.A. in Urban Theory and Design from Brown University and MArch from Princeton University.