Ron Haase formerly taught architecture at the University of Florida. The old Cracker farmhouses of Florida were the focus of his academic research and continue to be the foundation of an active private practice. Mr. Haase designs contemporary houses that have a strong identity with the climate and culture of Florida’s small towns and rural lifestyle. His designs for energy-efficient houses have won several awards from the Florida Solar Energy Center, the American Solar Energy Society, and the American Institute of Architects.