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Architecture associate professor named one of 30 most admired educators


Stephen Wischer, NDSU associate professor of architecture and landscape architecture, has been named by DesignIntelligence as one of the 30 Most Admired Educators for 2014.

“It is a great honor to be recognized in this way,” Wischer said. “However, I believe the credit really must go to our students. My passion for teaching comes precisely because the process is reciprocal. It is always a rewarding experience, so I am doubly excited for being recognized for something I truly believe in and love.”

In its November/December issue of its magazine, DesignIntelligence writes: “Stephen Wischer pushes his students to think deeply about their work with methods that challenge their perceptions and thought processes. He caters his teaching methods to each student, creating a different sense of direction and purpose for each student. Wischer teaches students to be critical of their own work and inspirations, encouraging them to create a thoroughly thought out project which effectively communicates their intent.”

The 30 Most Admired Educators are named each year to honor excellence in education and education administration. The honorees are selected by DesignIntelligence staff with extensive input from thousands of design professionals, academic department heads and students.

Educators and administrators from the disciplines of architecture, industrial design, interior design and landscape architecture are considered for inclusion.

“Having Stephen Wischer recognized by DesignIntelligence in the top 30 most admired educators for 2014 is a huge honor in the design world,” said David Bertolini, chair of the NDSU Department of Architecture and Landscape Architecture. “It speaks to the high quality of professor Wischer’s research and his excellent pedagogical approach. Further, it highlights the commitment to quality and innovation at NDSU and the Department of Architecture and Landscape Architecture.” 

Wischer came to NDSU in 2005. He earned a bachelor of fine arts degree from the University of Alberta and Master of Fine Arts and architecture degrees from the University of Calgary. 

NDSU is recognized as one of the nation’s top 108 public and private universities by the Carnegie Commission on Higher Education.

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