Owner and Principal, Frederick Fisher Architects
Speciality: Art galleries, museums
Fred Fisher has a reputation for being the architect of the artists. He has designed any number of museums and galleries, including the $8 million renovation of P.S. 1, an extensive contemporary arts center in Long Island City, N.Y. In Los Angeles, he converted a 1920s telephone company building into the Eli Broad Family Foundation gallery in Santa Monica, and also designed the L.A. Louver Gallery in Venice.
But the native of Ohio, who came to California for graduate studies in architecture at UCLA and has stayed ever since, does a broad-based range of projects from single-family homes and multi-family low-cost housing to a chain of Houston’s restaurants and commercial spaces in Los Angeles, Europe and Asia.
With his background in galleries, Fisher emphasizes flexible, open spaces that can change uses and adapt over time. The designs “utilize a rich palette of exposed materials,” Fisher said, including brick and concrete.
Recently, Fisher has worked with the Los Angeles Steaven Jones Development Co. to convert a 100,000-square-foot abandoned aerospace building in Marina del Rey (formerly occupied by Teledyne) into office spaces for entertainment and media companies, called Media Works.
Though Fisher has kept his firm to a relatively small size of 16 architects and designers, including his two partners Joe Coriaty and David Ross, he is still able to garner international clients. Fisher attributes part of his overseas success to being part of L.A.’s dynamic culture. “People from all over the world look to California as a barometer for the future,” he said. “Being here puts me in touch with that.”