Hagberg Fisher
Writer, Educator, Architectural Historian, and Activist
2018 Speaker

Berkeley, California

Eva Hagberg Fisher is a writer, educator, architectural historian and activist. She is a PhD candidate in visual and narrative culture at the University of California-Berkeley, where she was recently recognized as an Outstanding Graduate Student Instructor.

Fisher is the author of two books about architecture, Dark Nostalgia and Nature Framed, and of a forthcoming memoir of lifesaving friendship called How to be Loved (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2019). Her work on architecture has appeared in Metropolis, Common Edge, Wallpaper*, T: The New York Times Magazine, The New York Times, and Wired. Her essays have appeared in Tin House and Guernica. She is the author, with multidisciplinary artist Jason Snell, of a DON’T PANIC research-oriented flowchart for civic engagement in the wake of the 2016 American presidential election.

Fisher is a Stellarflow-trained yoga teacher specializing in students who are working with chronic pain, illness or trauma. She has participated in public events such as the Architecture Lobby’s Bay Area Think-In, UC Berkeley’s Architecture Research Council lecture series, and Pecha Kucha Portland. Her work blends disciplines and boundaries; her dissertation, which explores the marriage between midcentury architect Eero Saarinen and writer Aline B. Louchheim Saarinen, is conceptually tied to her memoir about relationships and intimacy. She has taught freshmen how to read buildings through a course on Zaha Hadid and seniors how to write an independent research project. Through a variety of volunteer projects she encounters the human condition in all its creative forms, and she has been informally and formally recognized for her mentorship, teaching and community building.

Photo Credit: Jason Lecras