Eytan Fichman is an architectural educator, architect and artist. He has been teaching at Hanoi Architectural University (HAU) since 2010. Fichman’s interest in East and Southeast Asia began in the early 1980’s, during his studies at the Boston Architectural College (BAC), when he was the 1981 Ames Traveling Scholar in Japan, and at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design (GSD). While at the GSD, matriculating for his M. Arch, he augmented his architectural studies with coursework in East Asian art offered by John Rosenfield, the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Professor of East Asian Art and William Coaldrake, recent Edwin O. Reischauer Visiting Professor of Japanese Studies at Harvard.
20 years after finishing his degree studies in architecture, Fichman returned to Harvard for a second time, to earn a master of education degree, focusing on architectural education in the studio through the lenses of human development and psychology. While there he studied with Theodor C. Bestor, Reischauer Institute Professor of Social Anthropology, focusing on cultural traditions of politeness and attentiveness in East Asian cultures.
Born in Israel and raised in New York City, Eytan Fichman was a Massachusetts registered architect and Boston sole practitioner while, for 15 years, a program leader and faculty member at the BAC. There, while directing the architecture programs, he helped frame and develop the master of architecture and bachelor of design studies degree programs. In 1991 he led a study-tour to Japan for the Boston Architectural College.
Fichman’s teaching resume includes 5 years at the Rhode Island School of Design (1989-94) and 3 years at Roger Williams University (2005-2008). He has enjoyed, and been enriched by, travel study to Europe, East / Southeast Asia, and Cuba.
In Vietnam Fichman has worked as a faculty member at Hanoi Architectural University, teaching design, visual studies and theory, while assisting school leadership as a curriculum development consultant for the Advanced Training Program in Architecture. He has lectured in Hanoi and Da Nang on the relation of street life in Vietnamese cities to village life in Vietnam’s countryside, based on his years of study, with his students, of Hanoi’s Ancient Quarter, his numerous visits to Vietnamese villages and consultations with his colleagues at HAU.
Fichman lives with his family in a residential alley in Haiphong’s old French Quarter and spends several days each week in Hanoi, for his teaching. During his 8 years living in the country, Fichman has travelled extensively within Vietnam, from the northern border towns of Sapa and Lao Cai to the southern floating villages of Can Tho. He has designed two house renovations in Haiphong, one in the metal-working village of Dong Khe and the other in central Haiphong. In his spare time, he is an avid street (and alley) photographer as well as a maker of digital artwork.