Heather Fischer

Lecturer of Architecture & Environmental Design


Phone: 701-231-5147


Masters, Historical Preservation, Boston Architectural College, 2014 Candidate B.Arch., North Dakota State University, 2005 (Minor in Interior Design, 2005)

B.S. Environmental Design, North Dakota State University, 2004

Research and Interest:

Seven years of professional experience in architecture and landscape architecture design; teaching, practicing, and research interest in historical preservation; actively involved in the local community having worked closely with city officials, community leaders, neighborhood groups, and non-profit organizations through design processes in both architecture/landscape architecture.

Professional Experience:

Project Manager/Architectural Consultant, The Leonard Atelier Group, August 2007-present

Intern Architect, R.L. Engebretson, March 2006-August 2007

Intern Architect, DLR Group, June 2005-March 2006

Professional Memberships:

NCARB Record Completed Candidate

American Institute of Architects, Associate Member

American Institute of Architects, liaison for the state of North Dakota

Courses Taught:

UNVI 189 Skills for Academic Success

ENVD 130 Drawing for the Environmental Designer

ENVD 172 Environmental Design Fundamentals Course

ARCH 231 Architectural Drawing

ARCH 271 Architectural Design I

ARCH 789 Seminar- Portfolio Design

ARCH 789 Seminar-Italy Study Tour

Teaching Experience:

Adjunct Professor, North Dakota State University, 2006-2007

Lecturer, North Dakota State University, 2007-Present


Ask Me

Who are your role models or inspiring folks?

Uffda, this is a tough one without getting sappy. If I’m being honest, I never aspire to be like any one person. At this moment, I find anyone who is confident to ask questions, seek more knowledge, understanding, and admit they don’t have all the answers. I see this in my classrooms, in my children, and with perfect strangers. When someone is confident enough to seek their own answers, in that moment, they are my role model. 


Outside of art and design fields, what inspires you?

Travel, reading, podcasts and painting. To the last point, I’ve been painting all my life but recently discovered Rosemaling (Norwegian decorative folk art). I’ve always been a bit of an old soul; black coffee, sour cream and raisins bars, and now folk painting. Who am I kidding, I was born as a Norwegian Grandma.


What do you wish you had known when you started out as a student/in this field?

Feeling overwhelmed is natural, even after 20 years; it’s what you do with feeling overwhelmed that guides your path. Recognize that feeling overwhelmed means you still have more to learn; be open to learning, listening, and asking questions, even when you think you are the only one who doesn’t know the answer.


What was your most memorable meal? 

I’m a sucker for history and classics. Recently, my husband and I celebrated our anniversary with a dinner at Delmonicos in NYC, America’s first fine dining restaurant established in 1837. The opulent interior, an orchestrated staff, and I can’t even think about the Baked Alaska without salivating!


In your office, you can only have three things, one book, one tool, and one picture. What would they be and why?

Book: “The Courage to Teach” by Parker J. Palmer: A reminder for me to balance teaching technical content with humanity. THAT takes some courage. 

Tool: Pilot Decimo Fountain Pen: I’m a pen nerd. Using this pen brightens day. 

Picture: A family picture when my daughter was two and my son was four. It’s perfect autumn day downtown with fall colors in the background. My children are holding hands, in the other hand my daughter is hold my sunglasses and my son a stick he found. My daughter looks equally adorable and uncertain about this moment.

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