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Frederick Fisher and Partners: In Its Own Words:

Frederick Fisher and Partners, Architects, have offices at 12248 Santa Monica Boulevard, just east of Santa Monica.

The firm was established in 1980 by Fisher. David Ross and Joseph Coriaty are also principals in the firm, which has 22 employees.

The following passages were taken from the firm’s website.

Frederick Fisher and Partners is a leading Los Angeles architecture and planning firm serving a full spectrum of cultural, institutional, commercial and residential clients throughout the United States, Europe and Asia…the award-winning firm began as a custom design practice, specializing in the arts and residential marketplace…[its] early work consisted primarily of artists’ studios, art galleries, private lofts and homes in Los Angeles. Reflecting Fisher’s interpretation of space, light and material, these projects became models for an architectural style that has won him international recognition for his innovative and refined style.

Today, Frederick Fisher and Partners provides a full range of architectural services – from programming, planning and design concept through construction administration – to high-profile clients in the art community, commercial sectors, and residential community….its signature is evidenced in more than 100 projects across the nation and in France, Germany, China, Japan and Turkey…

The firm’s extensive portfolio includes major commissions for museums and galleries, mixed-use developments, office buildings, restaurants, live-work environments and upscale as well as affordable housing.

The firm’s dedication to an enduring design quality is evidenced by its purchase and restoration of the landmark 1950s-style architectural offices of the late prominent architect A. Quincy Jones. Since 1995, Frederick Fisher and Partners has occupied the distinctive space in West Los Angeles and has renovated the gardens of its classic courtyard layout. The building was named a Historic Cultural Landmark of Los Angeles in 2001.

The four elements of [the firm’s] design philosophy—process, context, pragmatism and aesthetics— are brought into play with each new opportunity in order to discover the right work of architecture. Our design philosophy centers on these four issues that we believe are appropriate for architecture’s place in the environment. We see each building as an important and long-term contribution to the city or landscape.

A strong determinate of the character of our buildings is their natural or urban context. We strive for a sense of long term belonging between the building and the environment. Urban settings, in particular, are characterized by a collage-like variety of structures representing the aesthetics of different times. Since no one building can establish a complete environment, we express current uses and technologies with respect to existing conditions. This intervention can be complementary or contrasting. Designing from the outside in is balanced by a simultaneous development of the form from the inside out in response to function.

The recognition of the inherent collage quality of a new building into the environment and the collage-like character of a building as an assemblage of functions and materials is a distinct characteristic of our work. The strong and varied use of daylight distinguishes the spaces that we create. The integration of interior and exterior space, the use of gardens and courts as adjuncts to rooms is a consistent response to the climate and traditions of California.

Architectural Digest named Fisher among the leading 100 residential designers worldwide. The Los Angeles Business Journal recognized the firm as one of Los Angeles’ top 25 architects for design excellence. Fisher was honored by the City of New York with the Brendan Gill Prize for the re-design of P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, and by the Long Beach Museum of Art with the Elizabeth Millbank Anderson Award for the redesign of the museum campus and its new exhibition building. The firm was also honored by the Los Angeles Conservancy for its design of the Broad Art Foundation in Santa Monica, California.Among the firm’s works in the immediate area are UCLA Young Research Library, Beverly Hills Library Auditorium, Studio Building, Otis College of Art and Design, New Roads High School, Santa Monica, Bergamot Station Arts Complex, Santa Monica, LA Louver Gallery, Venice, Houston’s Restaurant, Santa Monica, Lobby and Restaurant – 2700 Colorado Avenue, Santa Monica, Post Production Facility, Jerry Bruckheimer Films, Santa Monica, Mediaworks Studios, Marina del Rey, Hollywood Forever Cemetery, Los Angeles, Sunset Studios, Hollywood, Office Building Study for Entertainment, Media & Technology District, Playa Vista, 2209 Main Street, Santa Monica, Emory Residence, Malibu, Second Street Center, Santa Monica, 16th Street Apartments, Santa Monica, Rialto Residence, Venice, Hampton-Indiana Artist-in-Residence Studios, Venice, North Venice Studios, Venice, and Angelus Plaza Retirement Housing, Los Angeles.

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