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Eric Haas

Adjunct Associate Professor

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.


Related Links: dsharc.com

 
 
Currently Teaching
  • 402aL
    Architectural Design IV
    Architectural Design IV
    Prerequisite(s): ARCH 302bL A collection can be a lot of things, in fashion and design, it suggests a family resemblance between a series of objects, either acquired or designed over an extended period of time. A collection has a temporal relationship with space and time, it can reflect a variety of styles, and set predictions for upcoming social and cultural trends. A collection offers unique organizational, generative potentialities, as well as, spatial adaptive qualities. The studio seeks to investigate and re-interpret furniture collections as generative aggregate systems of growth that can define space. How can an “Urban furniture collection” generate a spatial framework that can multiply/grow/morph/change in reaction to future social and cultural occupations?
     
  • 402bL
    Architectural Design IV
    Architectural Design IV
    Prerequisite(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.
     
  • 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

    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.

     
  • 505aL
    Graduate Architecture Design I - Principles
    Graduate Architecture Design I - Principles
    A 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.
     
  • 542bL
    Landscape Architecture Design
    Landscape Architecture Design
    Projects for the public realm with emphasis on urbanity and connectivity, place and meaning.
     
  • 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.

     
  • 705L
    Advanced Graduate Architecture Design- Topics
    Advanced Graduate Architecture Design- Topics
    Advanced topical investigations emphasizing diverse areas of specialization. Projects will be faculty-led research investigations that concentrate on diverse areas of vital concern.
     
 
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