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Douglas Kelbaugh

Professor of Architecture and Urban and Regional Planning

Douglas S. Kelbaugh FAIA is Professor and former dean at the U. of Michigan’s Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning. He received his BA degree Magna Cum Laude and Master of Architecture degree from Princeton University. His 1975 passive solar house in Princeton was the first to utilize a Trombe Wall, and one of his many pioneering and award-winning passive solar buildings designed by his firm Kelbaugh and Lee. A decade later, his practice moved to Seattle, where he was Architecture Chair at the U. of Washington. He partnered with Peter Calthorpe, another co-founder of both the passive solar and New Urbanism movements.

Professor Kelbaugh has served as a faculty member or visitor at nine schools of architecture in the USA, Europe, Japan and Australia. One of the first to popularize the modern design charrette, he has organized and participated as a team leader in over thirty of these community design workshops in North America, Europe, Asia and Australia. After his ten year deanship, from 2008-10 he served as Executive Director of Design and Planning for a Dubai-based development company with a portfolio of large sustainable projects in Asia, Europe and the Middle East.

Doug has co-chaired many national and international conferences on energy, urbanism, and design, spoken to hundreds of professional and community groups, and written countless article on sustainable design. In 1989 he edited The Pedestrian Pocket Book, a national bestseller in urban design that first introduced the concept of TOD (Transit- Oriented-Development). In 1997 Kelbaugh authored COMMON PLACE: Toward Neighborhood and Regional Design, a book on urban theory, design and policy, followed by its sequel Repairing the American Metropolis in 2002. In addition to writing over a dozen book chapters, he was the editor of The Michigan Debates on Urbanism: Everyday, New, and Post in 2005 and he co-edited Writing Urbanism in 2008.

The AIA and ACSA awarded Professor Kelbaugh the 2016 Topaz Medallion for Excellence in Architectural Education, the highest award that they give in the field. This national award cited his career as second to none in bridging architecture, sustainability and the city. Integrating these three topics is the focus of his current lecture class, the most popular in the history of his college. His most recent research has been on the Urban Heat Island as the Trojan Horse in the war against climate change. His next book is preliminarily entitled Urban Cool, How Cities Address Climate Change and other Challenges, and will be published in 2018. He wrote the manuscript during his first sabbatical in over 20 years, which he spent as a Visiting Fellow at Clare Hall at Cambridge University. His talk "How Cities Combat Climate Change" at the 2018 AIA Convention is posted for an anticipated viewership of 10,000. His next book Urban Cool, Heat, Health and Habitat in the Anthropocene, is scheduled for publication in early 2019.


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