Doug Kelbaugh is Professor of Architecture and Urban Planning in Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning. After serving as dean of the college from 1998 to 2008, he took a two year leave and served as the Executive Director of Design and Planning at Limitless LLC, a public Dubai real estate development company where he oversaw the planning and design of large, mixed use, walkable, transit-oriented projects in Asia, the Middle East, Europe and Africa.
Professor Kelbaugh is the 2016 recipient of the Topaz Medallion for Excellence in Architecture Education, the highest award that the AIA and ACSA give in the field. Given for his unparalleled work to bridge architecture, urbanism and sustainability over four decades, he is the first UM faculty member to win the award.
He is currently teaching graduate studios in architecture and urban design, and the graduate lecture course "Sustainable Urbanism and Architecture" and an undergraduate lecture course "Architecture, Sustainability and the City."
He received his BA degree Magna Cum Laude and Master of Architecture degree from Princeton University. Between degrees, he co-founded a community design center in Trenton, New Jersey, and later worked for five years there as an architect and urban designer for the city. His 1975 solar house in Princeton was the first in the country to use a Trombe Wall and it became a well-known icon of the passive solar movement. In 1978, he founded Kelbaugh + Lee, a firm that won several competitions and a dozen regional and national design awards and in half as many years. The firm completed many passive solar buildings, including a number of pioneering designs that were published in over 100 books and magazines and featured in exhibitions in the USA and abroad. In the late 1990s after moving to Seattle, his firm Kelbaugh & Calthorpe won several local and national design awards. In 1996, he was nominated for the Chrysler Award for Design Innovation and AIA Michigan gave Dean Kelbaugh its 2001 President's Award for his leadership and contributions to architectural education and the profession. In 2008, the Canadian Centre of Architecture selected Kelbaugh + Lee's body of work for their collection, the first solar buildings to be included in this world famous architectural archive.
Throughout his career he has written, spoken and consulted on numerous private and public development projects in the US and abroad. One of the first to popularize the contemporary urban design charrette, he has organized and participated as a team leader in over thirty of these three- to five-day design workshops in North America, Europe, Asia and Australia. He has also consulted for the National Renewable Energy Lab and for the OECD on housing and urban development in Scandanavia.
Professor Kelbaugh has been a faculty member or visiting professor at eight schools of architecture in the USA, Europe, Japan and Australia, as well as delivered lectures at scores of other schools. Prior to that, he was chair of the Department of Architecture at the University of Washington for eight years. At the University of Michigan, he started the urban design program and a real estate development program, as well as a community design center in Detroit. He oversaw the recruitment 40 new faculty members, and served on many university, state, and national boards and committees. In 2007, he was selected as one of the top seven Architecture Educators of the Year.
Kelbaugh has co-chaired many national and international conferences on energy, urbanism, housing, globalism, and design, spoken to hundreds of professional and community groups, appeared on numerous radio and television programs, and served on three dozen regional and national design awards and competition juries. He co-chaired the 2nd National Passive Solar Conference in 1978, and served on a number of HUD national passive solar design juries. Doug also chaired the AIA National Urban Design Honor Awards jury and the 4th National Symposium on New Urbanism, as well as serving on the National AIA Gold Medal jury. He is currently a member of the Board of the Congress for the New Urbanism.
With Peter Calthorpe he edited and co-authored in 1989 The Pedestrian Pocket Book, a national bestseller in urban design that helped jumpstart Transit-Oriented Development. Kelbaugh authored COMMON PLACE: Toward Neighborhood and Regional Design, a book on the theory, design and practice of regionalism published by the University of Washington Press in 1997, now in its second printing. Its sequel, Repairing the American Metropolis: Beyond Common Place, was published in 2002. More recently, he has edited The Michigan Debates on Urbanism (2005) and Writing Urbanism, an urban design reader (2008). His countless articles, essays, book chapters, and editorials have appeared in many journals and magazines worldwide.
Kelbaugh is a designer and planner of international scope; academic leader and teacher in architecture, urban design, and community planning; energy and sustainability expert; prolific writer; frequent guest commentator in the print and electronic media; popular conference and public speaker; and civic activist.