DLCP board member Richard Haas

Richard Haas, AIA

Richard was raised in the Texas Hill Country and graduated from Boerne High School as their valedictorian in 1976.  He attained his Bachelors degree from Texas A+M University, Magna Cum Laude in 1980 and received his Masters of Architecture from the University of Colorado in 1982.

Mr. Haas has practiced architecture throughout the Southwest including Austin, Denver, Santa Fe and the last 25 years in Las Cruces.  During that time, he has received numerous awards for his designs and is known for architecture that connects to its people and its landscape in a sustainable manner.

In 2007 Richard was awarded the New Mexico Architects Medal. In addition to architecture, Richard devotes time to serve the community in many capacities ranging from Scouting, Rotary and of course the Chamber of Commerce.


Boerne High School, 1976

Texas A+M University, 1980

University of Colorado, 1982


Texas   New Mexico   Colorado   Arizona   Oklahoma   California




Greater Las Cruces Chamber of Commerce,  Board Member 2006-2014,  Chair of the Board 2012

Leadership New Mexico,  Core Class 2012,  Board Member 2013-2016

Las Cruces Rio Grande Rotary,  Board Member 2014-Present,  President 2017-2018, Assistant Governor 2019-2020

City of Las Cruces ADA Advisory Committee   Member 2011-2017   Chair 2015-2017

Boy Scouts   Eagle Scout 1972   Scoutmaster 1987-1995 (New Braunfels, TX and Santa Fe, NM)

Southwest Spaceport Taskforce   Board Member 2004-2009   Chair 2006-2008

X Prize – Las Cruces Co-Chair

Las Cruces Space EXPO Co-Chair

American Institute of Architects – New Mexico Chapter   President 2001, 2006, 2019



1981 -1985      Skidmore Owings + Merrill – Denver, CO       Intern Architect, Project Manager

1985-1987      Lloyd Lippe Architects – Seguin, TX                Historic Preservation Architect

1987-1991      Parks Haas Architects – New Braunfels, TX    Principal Architect/President

1991-1995      Environetics Architects – Santa F, NM           Design Architect

1995-2007      Nims Calvani / Studio D – Las Cruces, NM     Principal Architect

2007-2016      Steve Newby Architects – Las Cruces, NM     Design Architect

2016-2018      WDG Architects – Las Cruces, NM                  Design Architect

2018-Present  Desert Peak Architects – Las Cruces, NM       President


Richard is married to Susan Haas, a Registered Nurse, and they have a son and daughter and 7 grandchildren – all who live in the local area