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Jackson's Background

Jackson Fahnestock

I have had the good fortune during my career as an architect to travel and experience different cultures around the world. Working on large-scale projects in such places as Hong Kong, Taiwan, Saudi Arabia, Vietnam, and England has been not only satisfying from a creative standpoint but has also allowed me to take away lasting impressions that eventually became the seeds of my young adult book, Shu Wei's Revenge, and, have heavily influenced my artwork, particularly the etchings.


Formal training:

  • Bachelor Degree in Architecture from the University of Illinois in Champaign/Urbana

  • Master's Degrees in Architecture and Urban Planning at Columbia University in New York.


While at Columbia I received a summer scholarship to travel and study throughout Europe. Writing a report on this trip, in addition to putting together my Master's thesis in Urban Planning, confirmed my deep-seated interest in writing. While working for the Mayor's Office of Lower Manhattan Development in New York I published a book, To Preserve a Heritage, a book on landmarks in Lower Manhattan.

The Novel:

Researching the above pieces convinced me that I needed to continue to extend my interest in writing. During retirement, in addition to doing my art work, I began putting this novel together. Well, it wasn't quite this novel. It had the same basic premise but, after a year of editing, it developed into a more cohesive, concise piece of fiction.

Other pursuits:


When I'm not writing I go for bike rides from my home in the Mission Bay district of San Francisco to Golden Gate Park or to the Golden Gate Bridge. Or, I tee one up one of many Bay Area golf courses with my buddies in the Bay Meadows Golf Club. My wife, Peggy, and I love to travel and enjoy the many assets of San Francisco. Our daughter, Margot, lives nearby; Our son, Peter, and his family live in Pasadena.



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