Douglas Abbey

Douglas Abbey
Lecturer, Finance
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Finance

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.

Bio

Douglas Abbey is Chairman of Swift Real Estate Partners, a San Francisco-based company focused on value-add office properties on the west coast. He previously co-founded two investment management organizations: AMB Property Corporation (merged with Prologis:NYSE), now the largest global industrial REIT, and IHP Capital Partners, a provider of equity to the single family homebuilding industry.  He is the Chairman of the Urban Land Institute Foundation He serves on the board of Bridge Housing, the leading non-profit affordable housing developer on the west coast. Since 2005 he has taught the real estate class at the Stanford Graduate School of Business. Mr. Abbey holds a B.A. 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

Teaching

Degree Courses

2019-20

The major objective of this course is to provide the student with an understanding of the fundamentals of real estate investment. The course covers land economics, market analysis, finance, taxation, investment analysis, investment vehicles, real...

2018-19

The major objective of this course is to provide the student with an understanding of the fundamentals of real estate investment. The course covers land economics, market analysis, finance, taxation, investment analysis, investment vehicles, real...

Stanford Case Studies

L. A. Heir | RE139
Douglas Abbey, Nicholas Crews, Joseph Malchow, D'Anna Piro, Devesh Senapati, Alexandra Ressler, Davina Drabkin2015
Landlocked Homes Catching a Falling Knife | RE137 old version
Douglas Abbey, Chris Mahowald, Max Lamont2012
Landlocked Homes: Lot A Dirt | RE137
Douglas Abbey, Chris Mahowald, Max Lamont2012
The Biggest Gorilla in the Room | RE136
Doug Abbey, Nori Lietz2011

Service to the Profession

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