Jerry Allan is founder of Criteria Architects Inc. and Criteria Foundation. He has been a professor of architecture at the University of Minnesota and the chair of two departments at MCAD.
In 2009, Allan was invited to make a keynote presentation for the World Future Society in Washington, DC, on his sustainability project named "Preemptive Peace: Finding Peace with Each Other by Making Peace with the Planet." The presentation was followed by additional invitations from India Today Conclave 2009 in New Delhi and the International Educators Conference 2010 in Copenhagen.
This work is now being applied with his students’ five-year Global Citizens Project, a working collaboration with seven different global partners.