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AB 402b Phone: 765-285-1904
College of Architecture and Planning
Architecture Building (AB), Room 104
Ball State University
Muncie, IN 47306
Mahesh Daas is
the national ACSA Distinguished
Professor and Chairperson of Indiana’s only state-supported
department of architecture at Ball State University, where he was also the
inaugural 2008-11 Emerging Media
Fellow of the university’s Center for Media Design. Previously, Daas
served as the associate dean for Academic Affairs and Research of the College
of Architecture at the University of Texas at San Antonio. In 2012, 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.
Daas has been educated in architecture, urban design, business, and higher
education management at, respectively, Jawaharlal Nehru Technological
University; Kansas State University; the University of Texas at Austin; and the
University of Pennsylvania. He also holds executive certificates in general
management from the University of Texas’ McCombs School of Business and in
Nonprofit Management from Harvard Business School and Harvard Kennedy School.
His current research spans leadership studies, higher education innovation,
pedagogy and design computing. He teaches An Inconvenient Studio and The Unclass that address innovation methods, design thinking and
entrepreneurial experiences to students from any discipline.
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.
ACADIA (Association for Computer Aided Design in Architecture) has elected 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, Daas was part of the
US-Ireland higher education summit in Dublin.
Also an award-winning creative writer and poet, 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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