Aric Lasher is President and Director of Design for HBRA. As lead designer, Aric works with project teams to establish and refine a design direction, oversees the work through the design development phase, and in subsequent stages of the building process, continues to monitor conformance to the original design intent through review of design documents, material selection, and detailing. Aric began work with HBRA in 1985, returned in 2005, and was made a Principal in 2006. At HBRA, his projects have included buildings for government, cultural, academic and public institutions, residential projects, landscapes, renovations and restorations of historic structures.
Aric’s public and academic activities include lectures for diverse audiences, participation on panels and symposia, and serving as design critic and juror for academic studios and professional awards. Published essays and articles have addressed a range of subjects, including his interest in the evolution and planning of building ensembles, explored in the book Plans of Chicago, which considers the legacy of planning innovation and the future of the city from an analytical and urban historical perspective.
Aric graduated from the College of Architecture, Art & Planning at Cornell in 1984 and received a Master of Fine Arts from the University of Southern California School of Cinematic Arts. In addition to his work in architecture, he has designed sets for several films including Minority Report, Pearl Harbor, and What Dreams May Come. Aric’s professional affiliations include the Society of Midland Authors, the Art Directors’ Guild, the Mies van der Rohe Society, and the Society of Architectural Historians, where he has served on its Board of Directors. He is a registered architect in the States of Illinois, Arkansas, Connecticut, Florida and Michigan.
Mr. Lasher is a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects.