Achievements and Innovation
Alongside his role at the BAC, Dr. Daas’s creative spirit extends beyond his professional work: as an award-winning creative writer and poet with an interest in existentialist and Latin American magical realist literature. Honored for creative achievements, leadership, and innovative approaches to teaching, Dr. Daas has delivered keynote speeches and lectures at scholarly forums around the globe.
In 2011, he became the youngest educator and the first person of Indian origin elevated as an Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture Distinguished Professor, the highest national recognition for an architectural educator. Fewer than two percent of architectural educators have been so honored since the inception of the ACSA national career awards program in 1984. Dr. Daas currently serves as the Chancellor of the ACSA College of Distinguished Professors.
Dr. Daas has also been recognized for his longstanding contributions to design computing including receiving the 2013 ACADIA Society Award of Excellence. The Association for Computer-Aided Design in Architecture (ACADIA) has also elected him twice as its president. Additionally, Dr. Daas has also been elected three times to serve on the editorial board of the International Journal of Architectural Computing (Sage Publications). Currently, he serves on the editorial board of Construction Robotics, a Springer journal.
As a seasoned designer, Dr. Daas has been awarded numerous competitions and commissions throughout his career. He is a co-recipient of a Kansas City chapter of the American Institute of Architects Merit Award for the Baron BMW Dealership building in Merriam, KS, in 2001, and a co-recipient of the International Fabrics Foundation Outstanding Achievement Award for the design and construction of the Advanced Fabrics Exhibition in San Antonio, TX, in 2007. In 2000, he won second place in the high-profile American Institute of Architects + U.S. Department of Energy Sun Wall national competition in Washington, D.C.