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.

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  • 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.
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