Tom Fisher

Tom Fisher
Director, Minnesota Design Center; Professor
College of Design


Thomas Fisher specializes in design thinking and systems design, including transportation systems and transportation-related land use and zoning. His 2011 book on fracture-critical design looked at how infrastructure vulnerable to sudden and catastrophic collapse characterized many post-WWII systems. 

His current work focuses on the infrastructure and community impacts of autonomous vehicles, mobility services, and the sharing economy as well as the land use, transportation, and living and working impacts of pandemics. His most recent book, Space, Structures and Design in the Post-Pandemic World, looks at how previous pandemics have affected how we now live and work and how that history offers a sense of what we can expect in the coming decades in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Fisher has an architecture degree from Cornell University and did all of his graduate work at Case Western Reserve University.