Robert S. Harris, Hon. ASLA
Rice University, B.A. (ARCH) 1957
Princeton University, MFA (ARCH) 1960
ACSA Distinguished Professor
Landscape architecture directed design research and thesis
Bob Harris teaches theory seminars and Directed Design Research studies. He served as Dean of the USC School of Architecture from 1981-1992, and since 1992, first as Director of the USC Graduate Programs in Architecture and now in a similar role for Graduate Landscape Architecture Studies. He was Dean of the School of Architecture and Allied Arts at the University of Oregon from 1971-1981. Harris has been President of the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture and was one of the first five educators in the United States to be named Distinguished Professor by the ACSA.
In Los Angeles, Harris co-chaired the Downtown Strategic Plan Advisory Committee and the Mayor's Design Advisory Panel. He was a founder and is past-president of the Urban Design Advisory Coalition, and has given keynote addresses at regional and national conferences of the Mayors Institute on City Design. He is recipient of the Community Planning and Design Honor Award from the AIA California Council. He was named Honorary Member of the ASLA, one of only 150 so named over the past 100 years. Harris was instrumental in the establishment of degree programs in historic preservation at both the University of Oregon and at USC, and is a past-president of the Los Angeles Conservancy. He has won design awards as the principal of architecture firms in Texas and in Oregon, and Harris Architecture and Urban Design in California.