John Kaliski has served on the board of California Greenworks Inc., since 2010. He joined the board as it’s chair in 2016.
Since graduating from Yale Architecture School in 1982, John Kaliski has had a diverse career as an architect, urban designer, teacher, and writer. This career has taken him from a designer at Skidmore Owings Merrill in both Los Angeles and Houston, to Principal Architect for the Los Angeles Community Redevelopment Agency, to serving as President in 2009 of the Los Angeles Chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA). John has four times been a Fellow of The Mayor’s Institute on City Design and was recognized by TIME MAGAZINE as one of fifty leaders who will shape the twenty-first century.
John has written extensively on architecture and urban planning and his work has appeared in Harpers, Design Book Review, the Harvard Graduate School of Design Magazine, ARCA, Cite, Log, FORM, as well as the co-authored book, Everyday Urbanism, published in 1999 and 2009 by Monacelli Press. He has taught history, theory, and studios, currently at the design and Development Graduate Program of the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs, and, before that, at USC, Cal Poly Pomona, the Universitiy of Houston and University of Michigan.
Since founding John Kaliski Architects in 2000, John’s work has included a vision and implementation plan for Los Angeles’ Crenshaw district, design guidelines for the Hollywood Boulevard and Franklin Avenue districts in this same city, architectural guidelines for the Los Angeles Housing Authority’s Jordan Downs project, design of affordable small lot subdivision townhouse projects for Enterprise Foundation, and the design of non-profit medical clinics. His Mid-City Crenshaw Vision + Implementation Plan led to a $14.5 million dollar grant for streetscape improvements from the State of California. Most recently he has completed the design of the Ocean Park Boulevard Complete Green Street project in Santa Monica. Current work includes the Memorial Park Neighborhood Plan transit oriented district in Santa Monica and the development of design standards for the Malibu Civic Center. During his involvement with large-scale urban projects, John has been uniquely able to integrate public concerns into the urban design and planning processes. This ability has led to his leading numerous workshops and charrettes in cities as diverse as Des Moines Iowa, Kansas City Missouri and throughout Southern California. Due to his experience as an architect, environmental designer, and urban designer working with and for communities, John has developed the insight necessary to constructively reconcile divergent points of view in the larger interests of implementing feasible projects.
He currently lives in Windsor Village, Los Angeles, with his wife, Lorraine Wild, and his daughter, Ana.