Male, born 1945-01-25, died 2023-02-18

Associated with the firms network

Kelbaugh Calhorpe Associates, Architecture and Planning; Kelbaugh and Lee, Architects

Professional History


Founder/Director, VISTA Black Cultural Center, Trenton, NJ, 06/1968-08/1970. Kelbaugh participated in a Volunteers in Service to America (VISTA) program in Trenton for two years during the Vietnam War. The architect was strongly against the war effort. His University of Washington obituary noted: "While in graduate school Doug joined in anti-war protests and peace marches in DC, also building inflatables for events on campus and play structures for the “People’s Workshop”—a Community Design Center in New Brunswick NJ." (See University of Washington, College of Built, "In Memory of Douglas Kelbaugh, former Chair and Professor in the Department of Architecture [1985-98]" accessed 02/27/2023.)

Senior Planner, City of Trenton, Principal Planner, Architect, Department of Planning and Development, Trenton, NJ, 11/1972-03/1978.

Partner, Kelbaugh + [Sang] Lee, Architects, Princeton, NJ, 04/1978-08/1985.

Partner, Kelbaugh, Calthorpe and Associates, Seattle, WA, 11/1989-06/1998. At the University of Washington, Kelbaugh established a charrette program that attracted leading designers from across the country. He became acquainted personally with Peter Calthorpe at one of these events: "Through the charrette program Doug became involved in the New Urbanism movement. He partnered with Peter Calthorpe, another co-founder of the passive solar and New Urbanism movements, in the firm Calthorpe, Kelbaugh & Associates [1989-98]." (See University of Washington, College of Built, "In Memory of Douglas Kelbaugh, former Chair and Professor in the Department of Architecture [1985-98]" accessed 02/27/2023.)

Principal, Douglas Kelbaugh, Architect, Ann Arbor, MI, 1999-2018.

Executive Director of Design + Planning, Limitless LLC, Dubai, UAE, 11/2008–08/2010.


In the late 1970s, Kelbaugh began teaching during visiting lectureships across the country. The University of Washington, College of Built Environments said in his obituary: "While at Kelbaugh + Lee, Doug began visiting teaching appointments, including lecturer positions at the New Jersey Institute of Technology and the University of Pennsylvania. Over time he became convinced that design of urban areas rather than single buildings would make a bigger impact on the issues of global warming and climate change." (See University of Washington, College of Built, "In Memory of Douglas Kelbaugh, former Chair and Professor in the Department of Architecture [1985-98]" accessed 02/27/2023.)

Special Lecturer, New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT), School of Architecture, 09/1978-1985.

Visiting Professor, Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, Copenhagen, Denmark, Fall, 1981.

Design Instructor, University of Pennsylvania (Penn), Department of Architecture, Philadelphia, PA, Fall 1982-1984.

Professor, Architecture and Urban Design/Chairman, Department of Architecture, University of Washington, College of Architecture and Urban Planning (CAUP), Seattle, WA, 08/1985-07/1993. Of his UW service, the College of Built Environments summarized: "In 1985 Doug accepted an appointment as Professor and Chair of the Department of Architecture at the University of Washington. During this time, he was instrumental in bringing a younger generation of faculty into the Department. He also instituted the Department’s student-run publication, Column 5, and initiated a program of design charrettes that took on urban design issues in Seattle." As noted by Harrison Fraker, Dean Emeritus at University of California Berkeley’s College of Environmental Design (CED), Kelbaugh initiated a more "activist role" for architectural schools in their communities. (See University of Washington, College of Built, "In Memory of Douglas Kelbaugh, former Chair and Professor in the Department of Architecture [1985-98]" accessed 02/27/2023.)

Kelbaugh's New Urbanist concept of "pedestrian pockets" was the subject of UW charrette in 1988. Peter Katz, the founding Executive Director of the Congress of New Urbanism (CNU) noted in a tribute to Kelbaugh: “'A week-long charrette on the topic of pedestrian pockets took place at the University of Washington School of Architecture and Planning in 1988. The projects coming out of that event, organized by Doug Kelbaugh, are documented together with a series of short essays in an influential little book called The Pedestrian Pocket Book. I still see dog-eared copies of that publication on many of the bookshelves of fellow urbanists.... Katz adds that the 1988 charrette also produced ideas that were useful to regional planning, connecting the neighborhood to the metropolis—an important theme of the New Urbanism. 'Neal Peirce and Curtis Johnson used concepts from Kelbaugh’s UW charrette to give definition to what Seattle leaders were then calling ‘urban villages, ' he said. The 1989 Peirce Report entitled Seattle: Recapturing Paradise Lost cited the pedestrian pocket as a new suburban typology to better accommodate growth in a major metropolitan region." (See Robert Steuteville, Congress for the New, "Sustainable design pioneer Kelbaugh remembered," published 02/21/2023, accessed 02/27/2023.) The "pedestrian pocket" became reconceptualized as the "urban village" in an influential City of Seattle Comprehensive Plan passed by the City Council on 07/26/1994, entitled, Toward a Sustainable Seattle."

Dean/Professor of Architecture and Urban Planning, University of Michigan, Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning, Ann Arbor, MI, 07/1998- 09/2008.

Professor of Architecture and Urban Planning, University of Michigan, Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning, Ann Arbor, MI, 09/2010-2020. After his retirement from the University of Michigan, Kelbaugh moved back to the State of WA.

Instructor, UW, College of Built Environments, “Climate Change, Architecture and the City” course, Autumn Quarter 2020.

Professional Activities

Member, American Institute of Architects (AIA), Seattle Chapter, Seattle, WA.

Member, AIA, Georgia Chapter, Design Jury, Honor Awards Program, 1988.

1st Vice President, AIA, Seattle Chapter, 1987.

Member, AIA, Seattle Chapter, Honor Awards Committee, 1987-1989.

Member, AIA, SW Washington Chapter, Design Jury, Honor Awards Program, 1987.

Member, AIA, Idaho Chapter, Design Jury, Honor Awards Program, 1987

Member, Seattle Center 25th Anniversary Architect's Committee, Seattle, WA, 1987.

Member, Congress for the New Urbanism (CNU), Washington, DC.

Member, Wood Council of America, Design Jury, National Non-Residential Awards Program, 1987.

Member, Virginia Society of Architects, Design Jury, Energy Design Awards, 1987.

Member, Northwest Institute for Architecture and Urban Studies in Italy, Fellowship Jury, 1987 and 1994.

Member, Port of Seattle, Central Waterfront Resource Group, 1987.

Member, Children in Architecture Project, Design Panel, 1986-1987.

Member, Northwest Industrial Design Competition, Design Jury, 1986.

Member, AIA. Spokane Chapter, Biennial Design Awards, Design Jury, 1986.

Member, City of Princeton, Construction Board of Appeals, Princeton, NJ, 1982-1985.

Member, Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA), National Design and Energy Competition, Design Jury, 1982.

Instructor, AIA Energy in Architecture Workshops, 1981-1982.

Member, North East Solar Energy Center, Resource Committee, 1980-1982.

Member, National Passive Solar Design Competition, Design Jury, 1980.

A presentation, “Architecture, Urbanism and Climate Change” was to have been delivered at the UW, College of Built Environments on 02/16/2023, but his last illness made this impossible.

Professional Awards

As mentioned in his University of Washngton, College of Built obituary: "Over the course of his activities in practice, Kelbaugh’s firms won over 15 regional and national design awards and competitions, and their designs appeared in over 100 books and magazines, and in many exhibitions in the USA and abroad." (See University of Washington, College of Built, "In Memory of Douglas Kelbaugh, former Chair and Professor in the Department of Architecture [1985-98]" accessed 02/27/2023.)

Member, Tau Sigma Delta, 1986.

Recipient, University of Michigan, Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning, Ann Arbor, MI, Emil Lorch Collegiate Professorship, 2017-2020.

Fellow, American Institute of Architects (FAIA).

Fellow, Congress for a New Urbanism (FCNU), Washington, DC.

Recipient, AIA/ACSA Topaz Medallion for Excellence in Architectural Education, 2016. The jury included: Michael Hoffman, AIA, Chair, Norwich University, Montpelier, VT, Danielle Mitchell, AIAS President, Washington, DC, Katherine L. Schwennsen, FAIA, Clemson University, Clemson, SC, Marilyn Jordan Taylor, FAIA, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA and Stephen Vogel, FAIA, University of Detroit Mercy, Bingham Farms, MI.


Kelbaugh's professional papers generated between 1975 and 2008 were given to the Canadian Center for Architecture (CCA) in Montreal, QC. This collection was named the "Douglas Kelbaugh Fonds, 1970-2008." It included: 817 drawings (including 538 reprographic copies), 381 photographic materials, 35 panels, 2 serials, 1.01 linear meters of textual records and 1 book.


High School/College

Graduate, Memorial High School, Houston, TX, 1963.

B.Arch., Princeton University, Princeton, NJ, 1963-1968.

Coursework, National Art School, Sydney, Australia, Fall, 1965, (attended while on leave from Princeton).

M.Arch., Princeton University, Princeton, NJ. While earning his Masters degree, Kelbaugh served as Editor of a student publication, Fulcrum 2. Several students studying architecture at Princeton began to view architecture not as an isolated, sculptural pursuit, but more as environmental planning within the urban sphere. Kelbaugh's obituary published by the Congress for the New Urbanism said: "His Princeton years overlapped with many of the founders of CNU, including Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk, Andres Duany, and Stefanos Polyzoides. Other prominent urbanists, such as former Berkeley dean Harrison Fraker, studied at Princeton then also. The dean at the time was the late Robert Geddes, who died a few weeks ago at 99. Geddes placed a strong emphasis on urbanism, rather than architecture in isolation, Duany notes. Geddes brought in professors involved in the British new towns movement, who also were connected with CIAM and Team 10. Geddes and the professors “made urbanism glamorous,” Duany explains." (See Robert Steuteville, Congress for the New, "Sustainable design pioneer Kelbaugh remembered," published 02/21/2023, accessed 02/27/2023.)

High School/College Awards

Summa cum laude, Memorial High School, Houston, Texas, 1963.

Magna cum laude, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ, 1968.



Born in Brooklyn, NY just before the end of World War II, Douglas Kelbaugh and his family relocated a few times during the 1940s. His father, an oil company executive, changed jobs frequently. Douglas's elder brother John C. Kelbaugh, Jr., was born in Hattiesburg, MS, c. 1943, and his younger sister Marjorie Kelbaugh in SC, c. 1948. By 1950, his parents had taken up residence in Charlotte, NC, where they resided at 2427 Vail Avenue. (See, Source Citation United States of America, Bureau of the Census; Washington, D.C.; Seventeenth Census of the United States, 1950; Record Group: Records of the Bureau of the Census, 1790-2007; Record Group Number: 29; Residence Date: 1950; Home in 1950: Charlotte, Mecklenburg, North Carolina; Roll: 1120; Sheet Number: 6; Enumeration District: 102-88A, accessed 02/27/2023.)

By the 07/1959, John and Marguerite Kelbaugh lived at 6909 Mohawk Lane, Indianapolis, IN. (See, Source Citation The National Archives at Washington, D.C.; Washington, D.C.; NAI Number: 2990227; Record Group Title: Records of the Immigration and Naturalization Service, 1787 - 2004; Record Group Number: 85; Series Number: A4115; NARA Roll Number: 534, accessed 02/27/2023.)

By the early 1960s, the Kelbaughs had moved to the center of the oil industry, Houston, TX. Douglas graduated from Memorial High School in the Hedwig Village neighborhood, about 12.5 miles west of Downtown Houston.

Kelbaugh moved to Princeton, NJ, to attend both undergraduate and graduate school at Princeton University, and traveled abroad extensively during his years in college. He resided in New Jersey after college while working as a VISTA employee and, subsequently, as a city employee in Trenton, NJ.

He and his first wife built a residence in Princeton between 1973 and 1975.

Kelbaugh moved to Seattle during the 1980s, where he taught at the University of Washington and also practiced architecture. In 1992, Douglas Kelbaugh and his second wife Kathleen Nolan lived at 2809 10th Avenue East in Seattle. (See, Source Information U.S., Public Records Index, 1950-1993, Volume 1 [database on-line]. Lehi, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2010, accessed 02/27/2023.)

The architect relocated to Ann Arbor, MI, following his appointment as Dean and Professor of Architecture and Urban Planning at the University of Michigan (U of M) in 1998. For almost two years between 2008 and 2010, he left the U of M to manage a real estate development company in Dubai. He returned there as a professor in 2010 until his retirement in 2020.

In 01/2021, Kelbaugh and his wife Kathleen Nolan purchased a residence in Seattle's Harrison/Denny Blaine neighborhood.

The architect died at age 78 following a brief illness on 02/18/2023. As was noted later, Kelbaugh, an avid cyclist, fell while riding on the Burke-Gilman Trail in Ballard. He fell from his bike in an area of exposed railroad tracks that had caused 39 accidents between 2015 and 2020. The Seattle Times noted in an article of 10/24/2023: "Failure to find a solution to this danger-spot at Northwest 45th Street, just east of the Ballard Bridge, has led to numerous lawsuits and life-altering injuries, including to Doug Kelbaugh, former chair of the department of architecture at the University of Washington, who suffered a traumatic brain injury in 2022. He died earlier this year." As a result of these accidental falls, the City of Seattle decided to pave over the railroad tracks in this area of Ballard. (See David Kroman, Seattle, "Seattle to pave over dangerous rail tracks on Burke-Gilman Trail in Ballard," published 10/24/2023, accessed 10/26/2023.)


His father John Calvin Kelbaugh, Sr., (born 10/26/1912 in MD-d. 05/18/1994 in Collier, FL) worked as an oil industry executive. His mother was Marguerite Hamilton Travis (born 03/24/1919 in Brooklyn, NY-d. 2015). They married on 12/23/1941, just a few weeks after Pearl Harbor in Flatbush, Brooklyn. (See, Source Citation New York City Municipal Archives; New York, New York; Borough: Brooklyn, accessed 02/27/2023.) John Kelbaugh had joined the US Army on 05/21/1941 and remained in the service until 01/07/1946. At the time of his marriage John was a lieutenant in the Army. (See, Source Information U.S., Department of Veterans Affairs BIRLS Death File, 1850-2010 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2011, accessed 02/27/2023.)

In 1979, Marguerite and John resided as retirees in Darien, CT, in a house at 6 Hidden Meadow Lane. (See New Canaan-Darien, Connecticut, City Directory, 1979, p. 449.) John and Marguerite were buried in a family plot in Hampstead, MD.

He had two siblings, John C. Kelbaugh, Jr., (born 12/09/1942 in Hattiesburg, MS-d. 02/02/2022) and Marjorie T. Kelbaugh Druck (born c. 1948 in SC). John, Jr., served as an officer in the US Navy from approximately 1966 until 1971. Marguerite married James Frederick Druck III (born 01/09/1947) on one of the Eastern Caroline Islands in the Western Pacific Ocean. (See, Source Citation The Evening Sun; Publication Date: 14/ Jan/ 1970; Publication Place: Hanover, Pennsylvania, USA; URL:,0.41975966,0.16218072,0.81172615&xid=3398 Source Information U.S., Marriage Index, 1800s-current [database on-line]. Lehi, UT, USA: Operations Inc, 2020, accessed 02/27/2023.)


Kelbaugh married twice. He first wed Margaret M. "Peggy" Ammerman (born c. 1947) in 07/1971 in Lawrence Township, NJ. (See, Source Citation New Jersey State Archives; Trenton, New Jersey; Marriage Indexes; Index Type: Bride; Year Range: 1971; Surname Range: A-K, accessed 02/27/2023.) They divorced on 02/27/1989 in Seattle, WA. (See, Source Citation Washington State Archives; Olympia, Washington; Washington State Divorce Indexes, 1969-2014, accessed 03/20/2023.)

His second wife was Kathleen Nolan (born 10/11/1951), whom he married on 06/22/1991 in King County, WA.


Douglas and Margaret had two children, Casey A. Kelbaugh (born 05/17/1974) and Tess M. Kelbaugh (born 07/22/1980).

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