Klaus  Philipsen Author of Evaluating Organization Development

Klaus Philipsen

ArchPlan Inc.

Klaus Philipsen, FAIA, is an architect, urban designer and writer. He is president of ArchPlan, an architecture firm in Baltimore. He is a Fellow of AIA. He received his degree in architecture summa cum laude in Stuttgart, Germany and has worked in Stuttgart and London. He lives in the US since 1986. He is a frequent speaker, media contributor and writes the blog “Community Architect”. He is married to Nayna Philipsen, JD, PhD, RN, The couple has six adult children.


Klaus Philipsen's firm ArchPlan Inc. was founded in 1992 as an architecture and urban design firm in  Baltimore which over time specialized in community based work including revitalization, adaptive re-use, historic preservation and transportation planning since 1992. Klaus has been named a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects for using the profession to affect communities through advocacy and increasingly through writing and as a radio talk show contributor.

Klaus is engaged in the nonprofit sector such as the 1000 Friends of Maryland, a well-respected statewide growth management group which he helped found in 1994,  NeighborSpace, an  urban land trust for which he is president,  D center, a non-profit design center in Baltimore which he co-founded; He has been professionally engaged with the American Institute of Architects as Board member, chair of the Urban Design Committee of AIA Baltimore for 20 years and chair of the national Regional and Urban Design Committee of AIA (RUDC); He is a regular participant of national Advisory Panels of the Urban Land Institute (ULI). He was for ten years a member of the Maryland Growth Commission, and a member of various blue ribbon panels.  In Stuttgart Bad Cannstatt was for 10 years a member of a Borough Council and chair of a committee dealing with the built environment and transportation.

He received a Master's degree of architecture in Stuttgart, Germany in 1975. He has worked as an architect and planner in Stuttgart for 10 years and as an intern in the Greater London Council in London, England. He resides in the US since 1986, speaks two languages and has a dual citizenship. He has taught architecture and urban design as adjunct faculty at the University of Maryland and at Morgan State University.
Klaus loved writing ever since he learned to write and began freelancing for a local newspaper while he was still in highschool. Today writes daily about local design and planning affairs and bi-weekly about larger urban issues and their relationships to society on his blog Community Architect.

Klaus is a frequent speaker at national, regional and local events and a regular contributor to local media regarding urban design.

Klaus and Nayna Philipsen's six adult children live all across the US.


    Diplom Ingenieur, Architektur, summa cum laude, Stuttgart

Areas of Research / Professional Expertise

    Urban Design, architecture, preservation, transportation, transit, sustainability, environmental protection

Personal Interests

    Reading, writing, hiking, bicycling, photography



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