Douglas Abbey

Lecturer, Finance

Douglas Abbey

Lecturer in Finance

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Teaching Statement

Douglas Abbey is actively involved in commercial and residential real estate investment and development throughout the U.S. He is a leader in a number of nonprofit organizations related to affordable housing and land use issues. He works with GSB students to evaluate career opportunities in real estate and to expose them to research and educational opportunities in the field. While the focus of his course is real estate investment, students are introduced to broader issues of how land use decisions are created through a combination of market forces, demographics, and regulation, and how resulting land use patterns impact housing affordability and integration or isolation of households by income level.


Douglas Abbey is a co-founder of IHP Capital Partners, a provider of equity to homebuilders and a developer of horizontal apartments. He previously co-founded two investment management organizations: AMB Property Corporation (merged with Prologis: NYSE), now the largest global industrial REIT, and Swift Real Estate Partners, a value-add office investor.

He is a past Global Board member of the Urban Land Institute, the past Chairman of the ULI Foundation and the Chair of the ULIF Capital Campaign: Our Cities: Our Future. He is an emeritus board member after serving 20 years of Bridge Housing, the leading non-profit affordable housing developer on the west coast. Mr. Abbey is a supporter of the Abbey Master in Real Estate Development + Design at UC Berkeley. He is also a Governor of the Nantucket Yacht Club. Since 2005, he has taught the real estate class at the Stanford Graduate School of Business. Mr. Abbey holds a BA from Amherst College and an MCP from UC Berkeley.

Academic Degrees

  • MCP, UC Berkeley, 1979
  • BA, Amherst College, 1971

Academic Appointments

  • At Stanford since 2005

Professional Experience

  • Cofounder, IHP Capital Partners, 1991-present
  • Cofounder, AMB Property Corp., 1983-present
  • Vice President, John McMahan Associates, 1978-1983
  • Senior Associate, Gladstone Associates, 1975-1977

Stanford Case Studies

Service to the Profession

  • Past Chairman, Golden Gate University
  • Past Vice Chairman, Urban Land Institute
  • Trustee, Bridge Housing Corporation