Adjunct Associate Professor
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Bachelor of Design, University of Florida; M.Arch, Harvard GSD
Eric Haas, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, is a Principal of DSH // architecture, an award-winning firm specializing in residential and educational projects but engaged in a range of design practices. 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 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 completed the renovation of Welton Becket's 1955 New York Life office 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 the 1st semester graduate design studio, teaches the undergraduate degree project seminar and studio, and teaches an advanced building technology course. He is a recipient of USC’s Mentoring Award, recognizing the support of his students, and curated USC's "Top Fuel" design-build workshops, where world-renown practitioners engaged with students in an intensive one-week project exploring the intersection of design, construction and performance. DSH's work has been the subject of numerous print and web publications, and exhibited locally and internationally. Haas is active in the architectural community, regularly lecturing, presenting at conferences, and participating on design juries at schools of architecture around Southern California. He received a Bachelor of Design with high honors from the University of Florida, studied at the Vicenza Institute of Architecture in Italy, and holds an M.Arch. from Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design.
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- 402bLArchitectural Design IVArchitectural Design IVPrerequisite(s): ARCH 402aL Selected areas of specialization; three projects chosen with advisement from a variety of studio offerings that concentrate on different areas of vital concern.
- 501Comprehensive Studio Support and EnrichmentComprehensive Studio Support and EnrichmentThe 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.
- 502aLArchitectural Design VArchitectural Design V
Pre-requisites: ARCH-500A and ARCH-501.
The final comprehensive architectural project under the guidance of a faculty adviser to demonstrate architectural knowledge, skills, and professional interests and goals.
- 505aLGraduate Architecture Design I - PrinciplesGraduate Architecture Design I - PrinciplesA general introduction to architectural principles, intended to develop design and critical thinking skills and proficiency to communicate those ideas effectively. Open to graduate architecture majors only.
- 505bLGraduate Architecture Design I - SiteGraduate Architecture Design I - SiteIntroduction to building systems and site design principles. Open to graduate architecture majors only.
- 542bLLandscape Architecture DesignLandscape Architecture DesignProjects for the public realm with emphasis on urbanity and connectivity, place and meaning.
- 580Field StudiesField 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.