Bio


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


  • Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • Senior Fellow, Precourt Institute for Energy
  • Professor (By courtesy), Computer Science

Honors & Awards


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

Professional Education


  • PhD, Stanford University (1991)

2013-14 Courses