Douglas Abbey

Douglas Abbey
Lecturer, 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 AMB Property Corporation (predecessor to Prologis (NYSE:PLD) and IHP Capital Partners a leading homebuilding finance company. Mr. Abbey has more than 35 years of experience in commercial and residential real estate investment and development. He is a graduate of Amherst College and has a Master of City Planning degree from the University of California, Berkeley.

He is a past Trustee and  Vice Chairman of the Urban Land Institute, past Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Golden Gate University and on the real estate committee of the UCSF Foundation. Mr. Abbey is a member of the Board  of Bridge Housing Corporation, a non-profit affordable housing developer active throughout the West Coast.

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


Degree Courses


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...


This course teaches the fundamentals of real estate investing. The course begins by introducing the financial analysis tools that investors use to make decisions and structure deals. Topics will include cap rates, debt and equity financing, DCF...

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
Eucalyptus Sand Hill Hotel and Office Development Project | RE133
Douglas Abbey, Sara Leslie Gaviser2010

Service to the Profession

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