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Lecture: Douglas Kelbaugh, 2016 Topaz Medallion Recipient

  • Tuesday, January 26, 2016
  • 6:00 PM
  • Walgreen Drama Center, Stamps Auditorium, 1226 Murfin Ave.

Taubman College professor and Dean Emeritus Douglas S. Kelbaugh, FAIA, is the 2016 recipient of the Topaz Medallion, announced by the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA). It is the highest award given to a North American architecture educator for excellence in architectural education. This is the 42nd year of the award, and the first time a University of Michigan faculty member has been awarded the honor.

Doug Kelbaugh is Professor of Architecture and Urban Planning in Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning. He is currently teaching graduate studios in architecture and urban design, the graduate lecture course "Sustainable Urbanism and Architecture" and an undergraduate lecture course "Architecture, Sustainability and the City."

The AIA/ACSA recognized Kelbaugh as “the quintessential teaching architect who, over the course of four decades, has achieved estimable success in teaching, practice and writing, which he has ably woven together to shape a generation’s thinking about the environmental aspects of architecture.” He has bridged architecture, urban design and sustainability in practice, academic dialogue and the classroom “as much as any academician in his generation.”

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; civic activist; and the 2016 Topaz Medallion Recipient. 

A reception will come before the lecture in the Stamps Auditorium Lobby of the Walgreen Drama Center.  So the reception will be at 6pm and the lecture at 6:30pm.

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