Graham Sustainability Institute

Douglas Kelbaugh

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  • Arch. and U.P. (Taubman)
    • Architecture
    • Urban and Regional Planning

Douglas Kelbaugh is an architect and urban designer. He co-founded a community design center in Trenton, New Jersey in the 1970s, 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 familiar icon of the passive solar movement. His designs have won a acore of awards and competitions. His current research focuses on urban sustainabilty/resilience, energy use, transit-oriented development, New Urbanism, and community planning. He has written and edited five books on these subjects, as well as a dozen chapters in other books. He has spoken at hundreds of conferences and 70 schools of architecture around the world. Former Dean of Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning, he's currently a full-time professor, teaching his coolege's the largest elective. In 2016, he became the first UM faculty member to win the Topaz Medallion for Excellence in Architectural Education, the highest award in the field.  in 2017, he was a Visiting Fellow at Cambridge University, where he wrote the manuscript for his next book on cities and climate change, to be published in 2018. He lives with his wife Kathleen Nolan in downtown Ann Arbor, with a WalkScore of 99, and bikes to work and other destinations, as well as for recreation.

UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

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Affordable and Clean EnergyIndustry, Innovation and InfrastructureResponsible Consumption and ProductionClimate ActionPeace, Justice and Strong Institutions


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