Robert M. DeHaven AIA

Robert M. De Haven AIA Principal

Robert DeHaven began his professional career in Champaign Illinois, while on the faculty of the University of Illinois School of Architecture. 


On leave from the School of Architecture in 1984, Bob directed a small, Los Angeles based consulting studio with Charles W. Moore FAIA, former Dean of the Yale School of Architecture and 1991 Gold Medal recipient of the American Institute of Architects.  Working with Charles on diverse projects ranging in scale from private residences to large urban districts, Bob was influenced by Moore’s inclusive approach to design and his passions and talent for creating a sense of community and place.


Bob’s large project experience with Moore and continuing involvement in Philadelphia-based urban design efforts led him to Associate roles with Dan Peter Kopple & Associates and Curtis Cox Kennerly Architects, both based in Philadelphia, and later with RTKL Associates, headquartered in Baltimore. Work with these firms over an eight-year period included high-rise office buildings, large mixed-use developments and urban design. During this time, Bob remained active in education, as an Adjunct Professor at UCLA, a guest critic and lecturer at the Technical University of Nova Scotia, and visiting critic at the University of Pennsylvania and the Savannah College of Art and Design.


While working with Moore and DPK&A on a team with other accomplished architects including Raúl de Armas (SOM), Harry Cobb (I.M. Pei) and Robert Geddes (GBQC), Bob participated in the development of a master plan for a district in central Philadelphia, elements of which were adopted by the Philadelphia City Planning Commission in their Plan for Center City of 1987, and have evolved in Philadelphia 2035, the Planning Commission's current development plan.


Bob established Robert M. DeHaven AIA, Architects in 1993, bringing large project experience to a small practice where as a principal, he could be more attentive to detail and remain involved in all phases of a project. Bob’s independent practice has been centered in commercial Office and Sports & Entertainment markets for both architecture and interiors, along with custom residential design.  His commitment to collaboration has facilitated partnerships, joint ventures and valued associations with clients, friends and professionals in other disciplines; leading teams of up to twenty design professionals to address the demands of large and complex projects. Originally based in metropolitan Philadelphia, Bob relocated his residence and his practice to the greater Chicago area in 2010, continuing to serve clients in both regions.