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Howard Taylor Fisher

Howard Taylor Fisher, American architect, planner, educator.

Background

  • Fisher, Howard Taylor was born on October 30, 1903 in Chicago, Illinois, United States. Son of Walter L. and Mabel (Taylor) Fisher.

  • Education

    • Bachelor of Science magna cum laude, Harvard University, 1926.

    Career

    • Graduate student, teacher Harvard University, 1926-1928. Engaged in general professional practice (including research in construction methods and materials, low cost housing, drive-in shopping centers), 1928-1965. Organizer General Houses, Inc., pioneer prefabricating company, 1932.

      War housing work, Washington, 1940-1944. Consultant United States Government veterans housing program, 1946-1947, United Nations, Pan American Union, Organisation American States in Inter-American Housing and Planning Center, Bogota, 1952-1954. Conductor special training courses on integrated building design and construction McGill University, Virginia Polytechnic Institute, Lake Forest College, 1952-1955, on computer cartography Northwestern University, Harvard, from 1964.

      Research consultant Center Urban Studies, University of Chicago, 1965. Consultant United States Census Bureau, Department Defense, 1966-1968. Member of faculty Northwestern University Institute Technology, 1957-1964.

      (development SYMAP computer mapping program 1963). Visiting senior lecturer Massachusetts Institute Technology, 1965-1966. Member of faculty Harvard Graduate School Design, 1965-1975, founder, 1st director Laboratory Computer Graphics and Spatial Analysis, 1965-1968, professor city planning, 1966-1970, research professor cartography, 1970-1975.

      Former member visiting committee Harvard Graduate School Design. Member of council Harvard Foundation Advanced Study and Research. Technical advising committee on commercial land use Chicago Plan Commission.

      Guest of honor, delegate for United Nations, United States of America and American International Assurance, 8th Congress Pan American Architects, Mexico City, 1952. Chairman McGill University Conference Construction Industry Integration, Montreal, 1953. Lecturer State Department and British National Computing Center on computer mapping in Spain and Britain, 1969.

    Works

    • Author: (with James M. Carpenter) Color in Art, 1974. Author numerous articles in field. Editor, annotater: (with Mistress Fisher) Life in Mexico: The Letters of Fanny Calderon de la Barca.

      Editor, contributor Harvard papers in theoretical cartography, 1976-1979.

    Membership

    Member of faculty Northwestern University Institute Technology, 1957-1964. Member of faculty Harvard Graduate School Design, 1965-1975, founder, 1st director Laboratory Computer Graphics and Spatial Analysis, 1965-1968, professor city planning, 1966-1970, research professor cartography, 1970-1975. Former; member of council Harvard Foundation Advanced Study and Research.

    (Fellow) The American Institute of Architects. Member American Institute Planners.

    Connections

    • Married Marion Hall, February 11, 1939. Children: Ann Bourne (deceased), Morgan Hall, Alan Hall.
    • father: Walter L. Fisher
    • mother: Mabel (Taylor) Fisher
    • spouse: Marion Hall
    • children: Ann Bourne Fisher (deceased)
    • Morgan Hall Fisher
    • Alan Hall Fisher
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    Born October 30, 1903
    Died January 23, 1979
    (aged 75)
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