Thomas Fisher

Thomas Fisher is a Professor in the University of Minnesota’s School of Architecture, the Dayton Hudson Chair in Urban Design at the University of Minnesota, and the Director of the Minnesota Design Center at the College of Design.

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.