Topaz Medallion Symposium: Architecture Education and the Profession

2016 Topaz Medallion winner Douglas Kelbaugh, FAIA, delivers a reflection on the interface between architectural education and architectural practice.


How does architectural education interface with architectural practice? This keynote address from 2016 Topaz Medallion winner, Douglas Kelbaugh, FAIA, centers on that question. Awarded jointly by the AIA and the ACSA, the Topaz Medallion is the highest honor bestowed on a North American architectural educator.

Learning objectives

  • Describe the career and accomplishments of Douglas Kelbaugh
  • Discuss issues surrounding new Urbanism
  • Discuss the importance and key characteristics of transit-oriented development
  • Describe the current state of climate issues and some things architects can do to help
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  • Douglas Kelbaugh, FAIA

    Douglas S. Kelbaugh


    Professor of Architecture and Urban Planning, University of Michigan

    Douglas S. Kelbaugh, FAIA, is Professor and former dean at the U. of Michigan’s Taubman College of...
  • Glen S. LeRoy

    Glen S. LeRoy


    President, Boston Architectural College

    Glen LeRoy, FAIA, is President of the Boston Architectural College and former Dean of the College...
  • Steven Vogel

    Steven Vogel


    Professor of Architecture, University of Detroit Mercy School of Architecture

    Stephen Vogel, FAIA, is a professor at the School of Architecture at the University of Detroit...