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Thomas Fisher is a Professor in the School of Architecture and Dean of the College of Design at the University of Minnesota. A graduate of Cornell University in architecture and Case Western Reserve University in intellectual history, he was recognized in 2005 as the fifth most published writer about architecture in the United States. He has written 9 books, over 50 book chapters or introductions, and over 400 articles in professional journals and major publications. Named a top-25 design educator four times by Design Intelligence, he has lectured at 36 universities and over 150 professional and public meetings in the U.S.

 

He has written extensively about architectural design, practice, and ethics. His books include In the Scheme of Things, Alternative Thinking on the Practice of Architecture (Minnesota), Architectural Design and Ethics, Tools for Survival (The Architectural Press), Ethics for Architects, 50 Dilemmas of Professional Practice (Princeton Architectural Press), two monographs on the work of architect David Salmela (Minnesota), a book on the work of Lake Flato (Rockport), and a book on system design entitled Designing to Avoid Disaster, The Nature of Fracture-Critical Design (Routledge). His newest book, Some Possible Futures, Design Thinking our Way to a More Resilient World (Minnesota) will come out in Spring 2016.

 

His current research involves looking at the implications of the “Third Industrial Revolution” on architecture and cities in the 21st century. He is principle investigator on several related grants in the Metropolitan Design Center at the College of Design at the University of Minnesota.

 

 

Current articles, publications, presentations and interviews

  • The most recent communications from and about Dean Fisher are available on the
    D@MN Design at MN News Web site.

Published books

Publications archive

Presentations archive

  • Citizen's League, "Can Design Change the World?" public discussion, Saint Paul, MN, Nov. 14, 2011
  • Yale and Auburn Universities, "Creating Resilient Communities," Oct. 1, 2011
  • Go2030 Speaker Series, "The Role of Design in Creating Resilient Communities," Fargo, ND, Julyy 22, 2011
  • University of Minnesota Alumni Association, January 2007
  • Chronicle of Higher Education, "The Sustainable University," panel discussion, Boston, MA, 2006
  • Chronicle of Higher Education, "Technology and Higher Education Facilities" symposium, Las Vegas, NV, 2006
  • Build Boston, "BSA Research Awards, Iconic Buildings in Boston," panel discussions, Boston, MA, 2006
  • AIA California Desert Practice Conference, "Architectural Practice and the Paradigm Shift," keynote address, Palm Springs, CA, 2006
  • American Society of Landscape Architects Convention, "F. L. Olmsted and Public Health" lecture, Minneapolis, MN, 2006

Interviews archive

  • The College of Design and Dean Fisher factor heavily in Minnesota Public Radio's feature package, "Life by design," February 2, 2007
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