Fred A. Stitt, Architect, Author, Director, SFIA

Fred A. Stitt
Architect Fred Stitt founded the San Francisco Institute of Architecture
in 1990, to provide a new kind of architectural education, to encourage
innovation and visionary expression, to advance education in architectural
technology and management, and to make a total commitment to green
building and sustainable design.

Fred taught at UC Berkeley and spent many years studying and documenting
problems and solutions in architectural education. Prior to that, he had
research on all aspects of architectural practice. Major publishers including
McGraw-Hill, Van Nostrand, and Arts & Architecture Press, have
published 15 of Fred’s architecture books.

His first textbook on ecological design — the Ecological Design Handbook.
Published by McGraw-Hill, and recently translated into Chinese, is used at
universities around the world. His next book, Frank Lloyd Wright Green,
describes how Frank Lloyd Wright invented most of what we know as today’s
green building design methods and technology.

Fred Stitt and SFIA’s distinguished faculty are now applying extended
problem seeking and creative problem solving to every aspect of
contemporary sustainable architecture. In pursuit of this work, SFIA
created the first major national and international green building
conferences (the Eco Wave series) and has held recurring workshops for
design professionals and educators in over 50 cities across the U.S.

In 1997, SFIA became a Registered Provider for the American Institute of
Architects, and has enrolled over 5,000 architects and engineers in it’s
continuing education programs.

In addition, SFIA has provided low-cost distance learning programs to
architecture students and professionals on every continent around the
world. With over 2,000 students, is today the oldest and largest
professional green building educational institution in the world.

Among other awards, Fred received the 2009 Award for his “Universal
Green” Education Initiative from the Sustainable Buildings Industry
Council at a Congressional Briefing and Award Ceremony in Washington
DC. Other low-cost international education initiatives are currently
in the planning stages.

List of Books by Fred A. Stitt

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