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The Post-Pandemic University

Tue, March 22 2022, 12pm

Thomas Fisher, professor, director of the Minnesota Design Center, and former dean, joined the UMRA Forum on Tuesday, March 22, via Zoom to talk about the history as well as the future of universities in the wake of pandemics, based on his new book—Space, Structures and Design in a Post-Pandemic World—to be published by Routledge in April.

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The post-pandemic university

Tue, March 22 2022, 12pm
Thomas Fisher
Dayton Hudson Chair in Urban Design
College of Design

Event to be held via Zoom.

Pandemics have had dramatic impacts on universities in the past, and the COVID-19 pandemic promises to have the same. The ongoing hybridization of higher education, with both remote and in-person teaching and learning becoming the norm, raises fundamental questions: who are our students and faculty when people can Zoom in from anywhere in the world, and what is the purpose of a campus when most universities worked almost entirely remotely for two years? 

Thomas Fisher, professor, director of the Minnesota Design Center, and former dean, will join us for the UMRA Forum on Tuesday, March 22, via Zoom to talk about the history as well as the future of universities in the wake of pandemics, based on his new book—Space, Structures and Design in a Post-Pandemic World—to be published by Routledge in April.

He will be introduced for the forum by UMRA Program Committee member Bob Bruininks, professor and University president emeritus.

An influential voice

Fisher is a prolific scholar, engaging speaker, and influential voice in the world of design.  He is a professor in the School of Architecture and holder of the Dayton Hudson Chair in Urban Design in the College of Design.

He served for 19 years as dean, first of the College of Architecture and subsequently of the College of Design, and became director of the Minnesota Design Center in 2015, the same year we first welcomed him as the featured speaker for an UMRA forum. His research has focused on sustainable architecture, design ethics, and community-based service design. 

Recognized in 2005 as the fifth most-published writer about architecture in the United States, Fisher has written nine books, more than 50 book chapters or introductions, and more than 400 articles in professional journals and major publications.

Be sure to register for this Zoom webinar and join us at 12 noon on Tuesday, March 22, to learn more about the future of universities in a post-pandemic world.

—Ron Matross, UMRA president-elect and Program Committee chair

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