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Douglas Klahr, Ph.D

Associate Professor

School of Architecture


Personal web site address and/or UTA research profile web address

Academic Background

Ph.D., History of Architecture, Brown University, 2002

M.A., History of Architecture, University of Virginia, 1998

Areas of Sustainability/Environmental Expertise
Architecture and urban environments
Summary of Current and Ongoing Research

I am examining Wohnungsgenossenschaften or housing collectives in Germany to determine if elements of their architectural, societal, financial, and legal structures can be adapted to create an American version. Wohnungsgenossenschaften are distinct from cohousing and housing cooperatives, being unique in that they provide renters with the security of owners, a middle ground that desperately is needed in America. These issues of housing are perhaps at the core of sustainability, for they have an impact on how Americans lead their lives in sustantial ways.

Publications and Research

"Sustainability for Everyone: Trespassing Disciplinary Boundaries", in Teaching Sustainability/Teaching Sustainably, edited by Kirsten Bartels and Kelly Parker (Sterling Va: Stylus Publishing, 2012).  This is the opening chapter of a textbook with contributions from numerous scholars around the natiion.  The book is organized into four parts: Sustainability as a Core Value in Education, Teaching Sustainability in the Academic Disciplines, Education as a Sustainable Practice, and Leadership and Reform Strategies for Long-Term Institutional Change.  My chapter sets the stage for the comprhensive approach of the book.

Awards and Grants

The 2006-07 Kalpana Chawla S.T.A.R. Award

University Travel/Professional Development Award, April 2007

University Travel/Professional Development Award, May 2008

On Sustainability...

It can be said without hyperbole that sustainability is the quintessential interdisciplinary topic of study, for over the course of the next few decades, every academic discipline will have to respond to the paradigm of more sustainable life practices that is beginning to arise.  I state this not as a solemn pronouncement of grandiloquence, but merely as an observation of a very real equation: as our students make their way through this emerging world, they will encounter challenges springing forth from this paradigm shift, and they will demand that every academic discipline demonstrate substantial relevance to these challenges.  Indeed, any academic discipline that fails in this regard may find itself ultimately unsustainable.  If you consider such a scenario unlikely, recall that a critical mass of students is and will remain the lifeblood of any discipline.  If a discipline fails to attract sufficient numbers of students, it will sink into obscurity, if not oblivion.  Thus sustainability, in its deepest and most expansive sense, is perhaps the pivotal factor not in preserving academia as we know it, but rather in enabling it to undergo a paradigm shift as well.  If you welcome this change, however radically it may transform your life as an educator, then you “get it”.  If you fear it, then you will find adapting to what inevitably is coming our way all the more difficult.  [Opening paragraph from “Sustainability for Everyone: Trespassing Disciplinary Boundaries”]