Who We Are
Discriminating clients in art, education, business, and culture turn to Frederick Fisher and Partners Architects (FFP) for architecture that brings clarity, purpose, and delight to modern life. Museums and galleries, educational facilities, libraries, restaurants, urban plans and parks, community spaces, mixed-use developments, live-work environments, and private residences created by FFP are recognized for their rigor, beauty, and authenticity.
Guided by the four pillars of process, context, function, and aesthetics, FFP’s long-time partners—Frederick Fisher, Joseph Coriaty, AIA, and David Ross—approach projects as collaborations with clients, stakeholders, consultants, and builders. They engender trust in the careful stewardship of their clients’ resources, vision, and intent. Local context and global sustainability set the framework for architecture, interior design, urban planning, and exhibition design for such clients as the Annenberg Foundation, Princeton University, Huntington Library, Broad Art Foundation, Colby College, Caltech, and Houston’s Restaurants, among others. Through adaptive re-use, LEED accreditation, and continuously exploring and refining the use of materials and systems, FFP brings creativity and responsibility to design.
This award-winning firm offers high design with high delivery of sophisticated, buildable, and community-oriented spaces with a relentless drive toward simplicity and directness. Art spaces heighten the aesthetic experience of the work they exhibit. Educational spaces reflect their missions with intellect and innovation. Dwelling spaces are comfortable and collaborative. Public spaces are contextual as well as surprising. While based in Los Angeles, FFP creates projects in Berlin, Tokyo, New York, Hawaii, Michigan, Ohio, and New Jersey, as well as throughout the state of California.
Frederick Fisher and Partners Architects’ contemporary work transcends scale—imparting calm, warmth, and intimacy, whether in a private art studio or a state museum. As Los Angeles Times architecture critic Christopher Hawthorne has written, FFP’s “architecture has a role in resolving the complexities of culture, not necessarily dramatizing them.”
Frederick Fisher, AIA, FAAR
Driven to create fulfilling environments, Frederick Fisher approaches architecture as a collaborative process. Fisher gained stature in the art and academic worlds by designing exceptional spaces for the practice and exhibition of art, as well as for intense, interdisciplinary study. Recognition of his legacy of design excellence is reflected in his selection as the 2013 Gold Medal recipient by the Los Angeles Chapter of the American Institute of Architects, the highest honor awarded by each chapter. He is a Fellow of the American Academy in Rome, where he combined his passions for art and architecture in the exploration of museum meaning and design. A registered architect since 1978, Fisher received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Oberlin College in Art and Art History and a Master’s of Architecture from UCLA. He was Chairman of the Environmental Design Department at Otis College of Art & Design for seven years, is currently Chairman of the Board of Governors, and is also on the Board of Councilors at USC School of Architecture. As founder of FFP, he directs a practice that prides itself on architecture that is responsive, realistic, responsible, and revalatory. “If you make something that brings people pleasure and fulfillment,” he says, “then you’ve done your job as an architect.”
Finding the right solution compels David Ross to listen and observe, never approaching a project with pre-conceived notions. Involved in projects from the beginning stages of design, Ross is motivated by the belief that architecture enriches lives. He received his Bachelor of Architecture degree from the Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc), and has been a registered architect since 1978. Ross is also a member of The Heart Project, which uses art programs to encourage students to graduate from high school. According to Ross, offering clients the skilled experience of a stable, highly collaborative design team results in mutual satisfaction and respect, and leads to repeat client relationships with such organizations as the Annenberg Foundation and Princeton University. “Each project for a client presents a wonderful opportunity to explore something new,” he says, “for the sake of the client—not just for the sake of being new.”
Joseph Coriaty, AIA
Joseph Coriaty is a catalyst in the vision and process of making architecture that is human, sustainable, and artful. His natural ability to bring people and processes together guides the FFP team to create buildings that truly serve the people who use them, and that quietly become intrinsic to their cultural environments. A registered architect since 1983, Coriaty received his Bachelor of Science degree in Architecture from the University of Detroit and his Master’s of Architecture from USC. In addition to the American Institute of Architects (AIA), he is a member of the Live-Work Task Force of Santa Monica, and the Society of College & University Planners (SCUP). He leads projects on legacy campuses, such as Princeton University, Caltech, and Oberlin, as well with such long-term clients as the Hillstone Group. “We assess our clients’ needs,” he says, “and give them something they would have never imagined.”