John P. Klingman is an emeritus professor at Tulane University where he has been a faculty member since 1983. He has long been interested in issues of infrastructure in relation to architecture. He participated in the post-katrina international Dutch Dialogues initiative spearheaded by the New Orleans architectural firm Waggonner and Ball Architects, culminating with the firm’s Greater New Orleans Urban Water Plan of 2013. His current upper level design studio focus relates architectural design to issues of water engagement in the city, from individual buildings to urban design proposals. The work of the most recent studio is available here: /news/2016/10/article-2312
His longstanding interest in sustainable design has been continually in evidence through his teaching and culminated in chairing the 2010 Tulane School of Architecture Sustainable Design Conference. In 2001 he received the President’s Award for Outstanding Teaching, Tulane’s highest teaching honor; he has received the annual Tulane School of Architecture Outstanding Teaching Award multiple times. Over his career at TSA, he has served as Coordinator of Thesis Design over a dozen times.
As an architect, he has been engaged in consulting on projects in the city, including the US Customhouse with Waggonner and Ball Architects over twenty-five years and seven projects, and on Tulane’s Uptown Campus. He has served as a member of the Architectural Review Committee of the New Orleans Historic Districts Landmarks Commission since 1995.
Frequently called upon by local and national media to discuss architecture in New Orleans, he is a regular architecture critic in the city, writing an annual “Best of New New Orleans Architecture” article since 1997 for New Orleans Magazine. His 2012 book, New in New Orleans Architecture, (http://www.pelicanpub.com/products.php?cat=1521) highlights eighty outstanding contemporary projects.
In 2016 he was invited to present a Public Lecture “New Orleans Modern Architecture: Midcentury Emergence, Postmodern Retrenchment, Contemporary Explorations” for the Annual Symposium of the Historic New Orleans Collection. He is a founding member of DOCOMOMO/NO, he has been active in seeking to provide commentary and preserve outstanding buildings from the mid twentieth century. In 2010 he was featured on NPR and in Evan Mather’s film “A Plea for Modernism” regarding the Phyllis Wheatley School demolition (see Metropolis Magazine: http://www.metropolismag.com/pov/20110527/a-school-on-stilts). In 2017 he was featured in the documentary film, Designing Life: The Modernist Architecture of Albert C. Ledner.
In 2017 he was tapped by the national AIA Architectural Adventures group to lead a five day tour of New Orleans. As a member of the Society of Architectural Historians, he led tours of the US Customhouse and the Vieux Carre at the 2011 Annual Meeting.
Prior to his work in academia, he was engaged in professional practice with Payette Associates, Boston, MA for nine years, most notably in the design of the Fairchild Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Building at Harvard University.
He has lived in New Orleans's Garden District since coming to the city in 1983. After Katrina, he served as a member of the Urban Planning Committee’s Sustainability Subcommittee on the Mayor’s Bring New Orleans Back Commission.
His wood sculptures have been featured at Pecha Kucha events in New Orleans, 2009 and Tokyo, 2010. His furniture design has been exhibited in the New Orleans AIA Furniture by Architects Series, 2009-10.