Dr. Mahesh Daas is the ACSA Distinguished Professor of Architecture and the Chairperson of Indiana’s only state-supported department of architecture at Ball State University, where he was also the inaugural Emerging Media Fellow of the university’s Center for Media Design. Previously, Dr. Daas served as the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Research of the College of Architecture at the University of Texas at San Antonio. He also taught at Kansas State University and worked with architectural firms in Chicago and Kansas City. Dr. Daas holds a doctor of education degree in higher education management from the University of Pennsylvania, a master of architecture degree in urban design from Kansas State University, and a bachelor of architecture professional degree from Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University, India. His has written extensively about design, architectural education, pedagogy, digital technologies, urbanism, and leadership. His current research spans design computing, innovation methods, leadership studies, and higher education.
Dr. Daas has been a keynote speaker at conferences in the US and South America. He has published over sixty refereed papers, book chapters, journal articles, and juried creative projects, some of which have won best paper awards. At UT San Antonio, he won the President’s Distinguished Achievement Award for Creative Production. He is a co-recipient of a 2001 Kansas City AIA Merit Award for the Baron BMW Dealership building, and a 2007 recipient of International Fabrics Foundation Outstanding Achievement Award for the design and construction of Advanced Fabrics Exhibition.
In 2012, Dr. Daas was elevated to the membership of the ACSA College of Distinguished Professors, and accorded the title ACSA Distinguished Professor of Architecture in perpetuity, an honor bestowed on less than 2.5% of architectural educators in North America. ACADIA (Association for Computer Aided Design in Architecture) has elected Dr. Daas twice as its President and recognized him with the 2013 ACADIA Society Award of Excellence for his leadership.
He serves on the Advisory Board of iDMAa (International Digital Media and Arts Association); on the Editorial Board member of IJAC (International Journal of Architectural Computing); and on the board of the Indiana Architectural Foundation. He has been a peer-reviewer for the National Science Foundation, and served on the NSF delegation to Israel in 2010 to explore bilateral research opportunities in sustainable materials and technologies. He has chaired a recent NSF symposium and workshop on Materials and Manufacturing for Extreme Affordability, and has also served on research review panels for the Canadian Government. In 2012, Dr. Daas was part of the US-Ireland higher education summit in Dublin.
An award-winning creative writer and poet, Dr. Daas draws inspiration from the existentialist and magic-realist writings of Jorge Luis Borges, Octavio Paz, Pablo Neruda, and Gabriel Garcia Marquez.
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