Thomas is a design educator who explores human creativity and technology in theory and practice. He holds a Ph.D. in Education from the University of Kassel, Germany, and a Ph.D. in Architecture and Design from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology University in Melbourne, Australia. He is a Fellow of the Design Research Society and an executive board member of the American Society for Cybernetics. Following previous appointments at The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, and National Cheng Kung University in Taiwan, Thomas is currently working at Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University (XJTLU) in China where he is teaching at the Department of Architecture and at the Department of Industrial Design, and where he is the Director of XJTLU’s Design Research Institute.
Thomas Fischer is as much interested in human creativity as he is in machine logic and he studies both, preferably in some combination. Much of his work is situated in and dedicated to design education, creativity in Eastern and Western culture, the limitations of methods and tools in designing and the theory and philosophy of computer-aided architectural design. Thomas Fischer is also researching and publishing in the areas of machine-readable models, Cybernetics and non-standard architectural geometry.