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Karl Du Puy


Karl Du Puy is an architect and professor emeritus of architecture at the University of Maryland, USA. He still directs design studios in architecture and urban design at all levels of the graduate and undergraduate programs there. He also offers lecture and seminar courses in urban design theory, practice, and history. Du Puy is the resident director and design instructor of the School’s semester abroad at Maryland’s Study Centre at Kiplin Hall, North Yorkshire, UK. He has held this post for the past 5 years. Also, Du Puy teaches an urban design history/theory seminar (History and Theory of Urban Form) at The Catholic University of America, and has done so for the past 4 years.

Du Puy has coordinated Maryland’s architectural program’s design studio sequence for over 15 years as well as acting as its Program Director for 3 years.Dduring his tenure at Maryland he directed more than 150 masters’ theses and guided more than 1500 students through the School’s architecture curricula. He helped author the curricula transitions from the B.ARCH professional degree program to the current BS (Arch) and M.ARCH degree programs.

A practicing architect and urban designer with over 40 years experience, Du Puy worked in New York City as well as the District of Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia. He is licensed in both New York and Maryland. For the past 35 years Du Puy has been involved with Rockville, Maryland’s planning efforts as an urban design consultant and as a member of Rockville’s urban design review committee. Prior to this, he held urban design positions of ascending responsibility with the City of New York, first with the Urban Design Group and later with the mayor’s special offices of development in Jamaica, Queens and Lower Manhattan. In the latter office Du Puy was the office’s Deputy Director and Principal Urban Designer, coordinating its design efforts as well as conceiving, drafting, and administering special zoning districts in Lower Manhattan.

Work with which he has been associated has appeared in numerous books, master plans, and journals, including: Zoning for Downtown Urban Design, R. Cook; Warfield, Illustrative Plan and Design Guidelines, Town of Sykesville, Maryland; Rockville, Maryland’s Town Center Urban Design Plan and Implementation Strategy I & II and Rockville Pike Corridor Neighborhood Plan & Zoning Ordinance Amendments; Innovative Zoning: A Local Official’s Guidebook, Rahenkamp Sachs Wells & Assoc.; Water Street Access & Development, J. West; Lower Manhattan Waterfront, R. Baiter; To Preserve a Heritage, J. Fahnestock; Urban Design as Public Policy and An Introduction to Urban Design, J. Barnett; L’Architecture D’Aujourd’hui; Architecture; Architectural Record; Progressive Architecture.

Du Puy received the Paul H. Kea, FAIA Medal for Architectural Advocacy, awarded by the AIA Potomac Valley Chapter in December of 2004. In 1993, 1998, 2003, 2004, and 2008 Du Puy was named an Outstanding Teacher by the Center for Teaching Excellence at the University of Maryland. In 1996 he was awarded a Creative and Performing Arts Award, supporting his research: “New Town Paradigms: The English and French Legacy.” This research has been the focus of exhibitions and lectures as was his work in 1984 on “Indian Urban Typologies and Architectural Form,” which he researched as an Indo-American Fellow while in New Delhi, India and later produced at the School of Architecture, University of Maryland.

Du Puy is listed in the 2004 - 2006 volumes of Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers. Du Puy received his A.B. from Dartmouth College and his Master of Architecture degrees from the University of Pennsylvania and Delft University of Technology, the Netherlands. He is a former Indo-American Fellow, which allowed him to do research in India with the American Institute of Indian Studies. Du Puy’s degree from Delft was earned while he was in the Netherlands on a Fulbright-Hays Fellowship. In addition, Professor Du Puy was nominated to a Fulbright-Hays Lectureship in Japan, but had to decline it to accept his Indo-American Fellowship to India in 1984.