About

Hermann Haviland Field, FAIA, AICP 1910-2001

Susan Barahal
Hermann Field
Founder and first director of the Program in Urban, Social and Environmental Policy, Tufts University, 1973-1978. The Program became the Department of Urban and Environmental Policy in 1980. Its name was changed again in 2000 to the Department of Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning.

Hermann Field is the co-author with Kate Field of Trapped in the Cold War: the Ordeal of an American Family, published in 1999 by Stanford University Press.

Architect and environmental planner, he was born in Zurich in 1910, second son of an American zoologist and his English wife. After his father's premature death, his mother took her children to the United States. Hermann graduated from Harvard College in 1933 and subsequently studied architecture at Harvard and then in Zurich.

After completing an architectural assignment in England in 1939, he volunteered to become administrator in Krakow, Poland, for the British relief organization, the Czech Refugee Trust Fund, and after outbreak of war worked for the same organization in England. Back in the US he worked from 1940 in architectural offices in New York, and in 1947 for Western Reserve University in Cleveland until his abduction during a summer vacation abroad in 1949.

After his release 5 years later, he lived in Boston as planner for the Tufts New England Medical Center, and subsequently initiated the Department of Urban and Environmental Policy at Tufts University. He was a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects and Professor Emeritus at Tufts University. Since his retirement in 1978 he had been active in environmental issues at the local, regional and global levels.

Hermann Haviland Field - Biographical Summary


See, Who's Who in America, Dictionary of International Biography and American Architectural Directory 1970

Fields of Experience
Research, administration and teaching in urban and community development, environmental planning and policy. Urban health care facilities planning. Urban design. Transportation planning and policy. Growth management and zoning. Conflict resolution.

Professional Activity
Architect and city planner by profession, trained originally at Harvard College (1933), the Harvard Graduate School of Design and the Swiss Federal Polytechnic Institute (ETH) in Zurich (1936), Professor Field's main career years were directed at large scale urban and institutional projects in Cleveland and Boston. Increasingly concerned about the larger environmental impacts of professional activity during his eleven years (1961-1972) as Planning Director for the Tufts New England Medical Center's ambitious redevelopment in downtown Boston, he shifted to the Tufts Medford Campus in 1972 to conceptualize and direct a new graduate environmental planning & policy program there.

He served as director of this Program and as Professor of Political Science from 1972 to his retirement as Professor Emeritus in Environmental Planning in 1978. The graduate interdisciplinary approach cutting across four departments, focuses on a mix of on-campus teaching and community based fast track experience. Its graduates are sought by public agencies, the private consulting sector and community activists. In part it has focused on providing supplementary preservice and inservice training as a base for persons in environmental policy and managerial positions, including capacity building for citizen volunteers on conservation and planning bodies and public interest groups. One of the byproducts has been the formation of the New England Environmental Network. In 1978 the Program became the permanent Department of Urban and Environmental Policy, drawing on selected students from across the country and from other continents.

Related Research Projects
Co-Principal Investigator, U.S. Public Health Service Grant "Study for New Design Concepts for a Children's Hospital" 1963. Report "Problems of Pediatric Hospital Design" 1965

Principal Investigator, U.S. Public Health Service Experimental Demonstration Project Grant to evaluate the proposed in-patient cluster design for Medical Center. Report "Evaluation of Hospital Design, a Holistic Approach", 1968-72

Director of NIMH contract project "Coupling Community Mental Health Services into the General Hospital System" with Tufts University, 1966-68

Co-Principal Investigator, for NIMH grant to N.E. Medical Center Hospitals, "Evaluating Psychiatric Services in Community Health" with Tufts-N.E.Medical Center,1966-69

Director of collaborative project involving the Boston School Department, the Boston Public Facilities Department and the Tufts-N.E.Medical Center for planning of an innovative elementary/joint occupancy complex for the South Cove area,including school and family health care clinics, day care center, elderly housing and vocational facilities, a little city hall. Complex completed and opened in 1976

Project director, U.S. Office of Environmental Education grant "Preservice and Inservice Training for Environmental Personnel" Tufts University 1974-76

Principal investigator U.S. Dept. of Transportation contract "Impact of Tourist Transportation and People Overloads on National Historic and Scenic Monuments".Tufts University, 1975-76

Project director, U.S. Office of Education "Environmental Training for Citizen Advocates", Tufts University, 1875-77

Project director, private funding, "Environmental Fellowship Program" as extension of previous advocacy project. Tufts University, 1977-78

Related Public Service
  • Member, Subcommittee on Long Range Planning of Boston Citizens Advisory Committee on Urban Renewal 1964-66
  • Member, Governor Sargent's Task Force on Transportation 1969-70
  • Member, Working Committee of Boston Transportation Planning Review 1973-79
  • Member, Alewife Red Line Intermodal Facility Planning Task Force, 1972-76
  • Member, AIA Regional/Urban Design Assistance Team to city of Laredo, Texas 1978
  • Member, AIA Regional/Urban Design Assistance Team to Kansas City, Mo. 1979
  • President 1968-69, vice president 1966-68, Cambridge Interfaith Housing Corporation, developers of Walden Square project
  • Member, Cambridge Conservation Commission 1975 -81
  • Founding member, Shirley Historic District Commission 1971-87
  • Member Shirley Conservation Commission 1969 - 83
  • Member, Shirley Planning Board, 1983 -95, chairman 1984-86, 1989-93
  • Commissioner, Devens Enterprise Commission, 1995-
  • Member, Commission on Environmental Planning of IUCN (International Conservation Union ), 1980
  • Member, 16 person delegation of U.S. city planners to China, 1980
  • NGO Delegate, U.N. HABITAT Conference, Vancouver, Canada 1976
  • Delegate, IUCN triennial Assemblies in New Zealand (1980), Spain, (1986),Canada (1997)
  • Delegate, IUCN Conference on Sustainable Development,Ottawa, Canada, 1986
  • Board Member,Boston Society of Architects, 1968-70
  • Secretary, Boston Society of Architects, 1970-74
  • Board Member, Mass. Association of Conservation Commissions, 1976-85
  • Vice President, 1984-85
  • Board Member, Nashua River Watershed Association , 1981-85
  • Board Member, Friends of the Oxbow Wildlife Refuge, 1998-
  • Board Member, Coolidge Center for Environmental Leadership, 1983-89
  • Board Member, (for Tufts University) Global Tomorrow Coalition,1982-84

Author
Angry Harvest, novel (with Stanislaw Mierzenski) in US and foreign language editions, 1958-62. Selection of European Book Club, 1961. West German film, 1986, Oscar Finalist for best foreign film, 1986.

Duck Lane, novel (with Stanislaw Mierzenski) . Also in Polish edition.1961

Sustaining Tomorrow (with Frank Thibodeau), on global environment, 1984, 1985

Departure Delayed (German ed. 1996, Polish ed.1997) with Kate Field, autobiographical, U.S. edition 1999 titled Trapped in the Cold War: The Ordeal of American Family. Stanford University Press.

Articles in AIA Journal, Progressive Architecture, TASK magazine, The American City,Architects Journal, Environment & Cognition, Consulting Engineer, Modern Hospitals, World Hospitals, Proceedings of AIA Architect- Researcher's Conference, and other publications.

Professional Affiliations
  • American Institute of Architects
  • Boston Society of Architects
  • American Planning Association
  • American Institute of Certified Planners (charter member)

Honors & Awards
  • Election to College of Fellows, American Institute of Architects,1972
  • Outstanding Service Award - Tufts University Alumni Association, for 18 years as planner and teacher, 1979
  • Environmental Service Award - Mass. Association of Conservation Commissions,1984
  • Environmental Leadership Award, New England Environmental Network, 1987
  • Conservation Award, Nashua River Watershed Association, 1988
  • 20 year Commemoration Bronze Plaque in the Tufts UEP Departmental Lobby to its founder
  • Massachusetts Historical Commission Preservation Award "for demonstrating life time commitment to historic preservation in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts"
  • Quality of Life Award by the AIA New England Regional Council "for the Fort Devens Charrette", Bretton Woods 1993
  • APA Massachusetts Chapter Professional Planner 1996 award "for sustained contribution to the planning profession through distinguished practice, teaching or writing"

From the "Trapped" web site (December 1999)
Hermann Haviland Field was born in Zurich in 1910, the second son of an American zoologist, Herbert H. Field, and his English wife. After his father's premature death, his mother took her children to the United States. Hermann graduated from Harvard University in 1933 and subsequently studied architecture in Zurich. In 1939 he was administrator in Krakow, Poland, for the British relief organization, the Czech Refugee Trust Fund, and after the outbreak of war worked for the same organization in England. From 1940 he worked in architectural offices in New York, and in 1947 for Western Reserve University in Cleveland until his abduction in 1949. After his release, he lived in Boston, working as planner for the New England Medical Center, and subsequently initiated the Department of Urban and Environmental Policy at Tufts University. He is a fellow of the American Institute of Architects. He retired in 1978. Since then he has been actively engaged in volunteer work for the World Conservation Union (IUCN), and planning on the local level. He and Kate have traveled in many parts of the world.

"I shall pass through this world but once. Any good, therefore, that I can do, or any kindness I can show to any fellow creature, let me do it now. Let me not defer or neglect it, for I shall not pass this way again." — adapted from Stephen Greenlet

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