OLE W Dr. FISCHER, Dipl. Arch. ETH portrait
  • Associate Professor, School Of Architecture
  • Research Fellow (sabbatical), Freie Universität Berlin, Kunsthistorisches Institut, Architekturgeschichte
  • Research Fellow (sabbatical), Technische Universität Berlin, Institute für Architektur, Professur Architekturtheorie


  • Vordiplom (Bachelor) in Architecture, Department of Architecture, Bauhaus University Weimar, Germany
  • Dipl. Arch. ETH, Diploma in Architecture (Professional Degree), Eidgenoessische Technische Hochschule Zurich (ETH), Switzerland. Project: Siehlcity Zurich – urban and landscape design thesis project
  • Dr. sc. ETH, in History and Theory of Architecture, Eidgenoessische Technische Hochschule Zurich (ETH). Project: "Nietzsches Schatten – Theorie und Werk Henry van de Veldes im Spiegel der Philosophie Friedrich Nietzsches. Eine vergleichende Studie zur Rezeptionsgeschichte in der frühen Moderne" (Nietzsche's Shadow – Theory and Work of Henry van de Velde in the Mirror of the Philosophy of Friedrich Nietzsche. A Comparative Study on Reception History of Early Modernity"


Dr. Ole W. Fischer studied architecture at the Bauhaus University Weimar and the Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule (ETH) Zurich. Between 2002–08 he taught at the Institute of History and Theory of Architecture (gta) of ETH Zurich, where he also obtained his PhD. In his thesis he analyzed the programmatic transcription of the philosophy of Friedrich Nietzsche into theory and work of Henry van de Velde. Parallel, as a licensed architect and urban designer in Zurich, he worked in interdisciplinary project teams, where his architectural and urban design projects won several prizes and honorable mentions. In summer 2004 and 2005 he was a research fellow of Klassik Stiftung Weimar, in spring 2005 a visiting PhD fellow at Harvard GSD, and in 2008–09 fellow in residence of Akademie Schloss Solitude, Stuttgart. In spring 2009 he returned as postdoc research fellow to the Harvard GSD to work on the history of critical theory in architecture. In fall 2009 he was an visiting adjunct professor for history and theory of architecture at RISD Providence, in spring 2010 a visiting assistant professor at the HTC program of MIT School of Architecture + Planning. In 2009 he was appointed as co-curator & general commissioner of the German pavilion at the Biennale di Venezia 2010 themed “Sehnsucht”. Since spring 2011 he holds the position as assistant professor for history & theory of architecture at the School of Architecture at the University of Utah, Salt Lake City. 

Dr. Fischer lectured and published internationally on contemporary questions of the theory, history and criticism of architecture, amongst others in Archithese, Werk, Journal of Society of Architectural Historians JSAH, MIT Thresholds, Archplus, An Architektur, Graz Architecture Magazine GAM, Umeni/Art, Beyond, log, etc. He contributed chapters to books, such as The Humanities in Architectural Design (London: Routledge, 2010) and The Handbook of Architectural Theory (London: Sage, 2012). He co-edited Precisions – Architecture between Sciences and the Arts (Berlin: Jovis, 2008), and Sehnsucht – The Book of Architectural Longings (Vienna: Springer, 2010), and Dialectic II: Architecture between Boom and Bust (University of Utah Press 2014). He is the author of Nietzsches Schatten (Berlin: Gebr. Mann, 2012).