Professor Fischer's research goals are to improve the productivity of project teams involved in designing, building, and operating facilities and to enhance the sustainability of the built environment. His work develops the theoretical foundations and applications for virtual design and construction (VDC). VDC methods support the design of a facility and its delivery process and help reduce the costs and maximize the value over its lifecycle. His research has been used by many small and large industrial government organizations around the world.

Academic Appointments

Honors & Awards

  • Honorary Senior Fellow, Design Futures Council (2006)
  • Hoefer Prize for Excellence in Undergraduate Writing, Stanford University (1997,1998, 2005)
  • Best Paper Award, Artificial Intelligence in Design (2000)
  • Top 25 Newsmaker, Engineering News Record (1996)
  • Eugene L. Grant Award for Excellence in Teaching, Eugene L. Grant (1999)

Professional Education

  • PhD, Stanford University (1991)

2015-16 Courses

Stanford Advisees