Eric Haas, FAIA

Adjunct Professor


Bachelor of Design, University of Florida; M.Arch, Harvard GSD

Eric Haas, FAIA, LEED AP BD+C, is Principal of DSH // architecture, a practice with a portfolio of award-winning residential and educational projects that focus on tactile, light-infused and materially rich transformations that boost urban communities. His academic and professional interests range from design theory, urban histories and disciplinary boundaries to material research, tectonic systems and technological influences on design thinking.

Haas led DSH’s rehabilitation of R.M. Schindler’s Bubeshko Apartments, a project that received numerous awards including the Docomomo Residential Design Award of Excellence, a Design Honor Award from the AIA/Los Angeles, and a Los Angeles Conservancy Preservation Award, as well as those from the AIA/California, the California Preservation Foundation, the Governor of California and the Los Angeles Business Council. DSH recently completed a regional hub for Children’s Institute, adapted Welton Becket's New York Life building to house a charter high school, and is currently engaged in several projects for schools and non-profits, as well as single- and multi-family residential design.

As an adjunct faculty member at USC he coordinates both the first semester graduate design studio and the undergraduate degree project sequence. He is the recipient of the university’s Mentoring Award, and curated the School of Architecture's "Top Fuel" design-build workshops, where renowned practitioners engaged with students in an intensive one-week project exploring the intersection of design, construction and performance.

He received a Bachelor of Design with high honors from the University of Florida, studied at the Vicenza Institute of Architecture, and holds an M.Arch. from Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design.

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Currently Teaching
  • 302aL
    Architectural Design III
    Architectural Design III
    Prerequisite(s): ARCH 202bL
  • 501
    Comprehensive Studio Support and Enrichment
    Comprehensive Studio Support and Enrichment
    The aim for the seminar is to gain a critical, theoretical, and technical understanding of the various methodologies that students will be asked to explore in the studio. Further, we will also explore the relationship between technological and cultural shifts in contemporary society. Students will work in pairs to present and lead discussions of each week’s readings in the first half of the semester. The second half will comprise of individual crits and each student will submit a 3-5000 word research paper at the end of the semester.
  • 502aL
    Architectural Design V
    Architectural Design V

    The final comprehensive architectural project under the guidance of a faculty adviser to demonstrate architectural knowledge, skills, and professional interests and goals.

    Pre-requisites: ARCH-500A and ARCH-501.

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  • 580
    Field Studies
    Field Studies

    One of the most important aspects of field research is the opportunity to gain insight into the relationships between design language, building proposition and construction process of specific periods/architects/buildings/landscapes. It is an occasion to discover not only the tenets upon which an designer bases his work, but also how these tenets resolve complex relationships between a project, its site and the cultural/theoretical context in which it was constructed. Through thoughtful case study analysis students will explore how these external forces influence/direct the form and shape of the designed response.

    This Field Studies course will concentrate on projects and practices [from the analysis of buildings to the focused engagement with the methods of practice], landscapes and ecologies [both natural and manmade], and urban spaces [including parks, plazas, and urban (re)development projects]. The field study of these spaces and methods also provides an opportunity to understand the complex relationship of the designer with place. These place-based investigations will engage field studies to employ analytical methods, representational techniques, and speculative inquiry into the fundamental spatial and infra-structural elements of place. This investigation allows one to develop awareness as well as appreciate the complex relationship between a place, its inhabitants and the spaces that facilitate a multitude of events and activities.

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