Jan Otakar Fischer
Academic Director and Lecturer, Berlin Program
Jan Otakar Fischer is the Academic Director of the Northeastern University School of Architecture Berlin Program, which he helped found in 2010. He teaches the Berlin History and Seminar courses, Berlin Architecture and Urbanism: Inventing the Modern City and Contemporary Practices and Sustainable Futures. He also teaches urban studies and history at the IES Berlin Metropolitan Studies Program, and has worked as an architect in Berlin since 1994.
Jan was raised in New York City and graduated from Williams College in 1985 with Honors in the History of Ideas. He received his Master in Architecture from the Harvard University Graduate School of Design in 1990. He participated as a site architect on Harvard-sponsored archaeological expeditions in Sardis, Turkey and Caltagirone, Sicily, and spent several summers doing marine archaeology and historic preservation in Key West, Florida. Jan is a regular contributor to a wide range of publications, including The New York Times, the Harvard Design Magazine, the International Herald Tribune, Places Magazine (Design Observer), and the Architectural Record, writing chiefly about European architecture and urbanism. He contributed as a writer or editor to several books and monographs, including Beyond Berlin: Twelve German Cities Confront the Nazi Past; Barkow Leibinger: WorkReport 1993-2001; and Access Paris (first edition).