Pliny Fisk III Named to Texas A&M Emeritus Faculty

College of Architecture Recognizes Fisk for Cutting-Edge Contributions and Service

AUSTIN, Texas (April 9, 2014) – The Texas A&M University Board of Regents has accorded Pliny Fisk III, Co-Director of Center for Maximum Potential Building Systems (The Center) – a nonprofit organization developing innovative systems that build healthy, sustainable communities – the rank of Professor Emeritus of Architecture.

“This Emeritus status is greatly appreciated and will allow me to create even more commotion in the world,” said Fisk.

From 2005 through 2011, Fisk served as Signature Faculty, Joint Appointment in Texas A&M’s College of Architecture in the Architecture, Landscape Architecture, and Urban Planning Departments. He also had appointments as a Fellow in Sustainable Urbanism and a Fellow for the Center for Health Systems Design and the Center for Housing and Urban Development.

“Many individuals have a vision and plenty of ideas for making the world a better place for all, but only a few dedicate their lifetime to turning those ideas into action and to continuously leading by example. Pliny Fisk and [The Center Co-Director] Gail Vittori exemplify these few,” said Jorge Vanegas, Dean College of Architecture, Texas A&M University. “I will always value the opportunity I had to see a tangible accomplishment of Pliny Fisk’s commitment to “explore-think-do-teach”: Texas A&M’s entry to the 2007 Solar Decathlon, which resulted in a first place DOE [Department of Energy] award, a first place Design for Disassembly EPA [Environmental Protection Agency] award, a first place AIAS [American Institute of Architecture Students] award, and a top three National Association of Home Builders award—and the continued collaboration, from an institutional and my personal points of view, between Texas A&M’s College of Architecture and The Center.”

With a background in architecture, landscape architecture, and the systems sciences, Fisk has held academic positions at five universities in addition to Texas A&M. He was Assistant Professor at the University of Texas at Austin from 1971 to 1977, has held positions at Ball State University and the University of New Mexico, and served as Herrin Distinguished Fellow at Mississippi State University’s Department of Architecture, Landscape Architecture and Planning and Bruce Goff Chair for Creative Architecture at the University of Oklahoma’s Department of Architecture.

Both within and outside the academic arena, Fisk has made pivotal contributions in the areas of policies, protocols, and prototypes. Fisk’s prototypes challenge conventional wisdom about building system design, engineering, and materials and have been implemented for a range of clientele resulting in iconic architecture, from The State Demonstration Farm in Laredo, Texas to owner-builders and developers in Central Texas. Architect Magazine recognized The State Green Building Demonstration Home, a project conceived and designed by Fisk and now serving as The Center’s main office, as one of the Top 10 Green Buildings in the world.

The Center’s protocols and policies offer new models for economic development, landscape architecture, and planning at site through national scales. Fisk was instrumental in developing the framework for the AIA’s Committee on the Environment Environmental Resource Guide and, with Vittori, helped shape the world’s first Green Building Program and the first nationwide Input-Output/Life Cycle Analysis/GIS model.

Fisk has been honored with the Lewis Mumford Award, the Earth Summit Award for Local Environmental Initiatives, the U.S. Green Building Council’s Sacred Tree Award, and the Passive Solar Pioneer Award. He has served as an adviser to the MacArthur, Gates, and Enterprise Foundations and on the General Services Administration’s National Registry for Design Excellence peer review program.

His biography, Pliny Fisk III: Creating a Maximum Potential Future, was recently published by Ecotone Publishing, a division of the International Living Future Institute (www.living-future.org).