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, 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, application of Living Building Challenge principals, 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, Maine, Virginia, 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. Frederick 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 and is currently Chairman of the Board of Governors. Fred is also a Board Member for both the Board of Councilors at USC School of Architecture and the Board of Visitors at the UCLA School of the Arts. As founder of FFP, he directs a practice that prides itself on architecture that is responsive, realistic, responsible, and revelatory. “If you make something that brings people pleasure and fulfillment,” he says, “then you’ve done your job as an architect.”
David Ross, AIA
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, David is motivated by the belief that architecture enriches lives. Bringing over 30 years of experience as an architect and project manager, he is the in-house expert on mid-century modern projects, and has led our residential and select institutional opportunities in the design of seminal projects for FFP. David has also been an integral design force operating as the Partner-in-Charge for cultural projects like the Oceanside Museum of Art, The Sunnylands Center & Gardens at The Annenberg Retreat at Sunnylands, the Sunnylands Estates & Grounds Revitalization, as well as residential projects like the Mandeville Canyon Residence, Napa Residence, and a private mid-century influenced project in Big Sur, California. He has a unique ability to work collaboratively with clients to insure that our projects provide the most efficient programmatic and construction solutions without sacrificing design. He has also led our efforts in exhibition design. To date, FFP has successfully exhibited in some of the major museums in Southern California. Projects include but not limited to: LACMA, the Skirball Center, Oceanside Museum, Huntington Library and Botanical Garden, and the Galef Center at Otis. 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 brings more than 27 years of award-winning design, and hands-on construction experience at Frederick Fisher and Partners, FFP. He is an instrumental leader in the development and design of the firms’ large-scale signature academic, library, institutional, and museum projects. As a passionate champion in the process of place-making, Joe takes a personal interest in each project to insure the right balance between program, beauty, efficiency, and community. He is essential both in spearheading the thoughtful development of complete and concise programming/design efforts, while maintaining strict adherence to budgets and schedules. His natural ability to bring people and process together guides the FFP team to create buildings that truly serve our clients, and become intrinsic to their cultural environment. His design expertise coupled with his extensive construction knowledge has resulted in national design awards, and international recognition. His award-winning portfolio and key projects include, but not limited to; Firestone Library at Princeton University, Seaver Science Center (Library) at USC, the Annenberg Center for Information Science and Technology at Caltech, Phase III of the Campus Expansion initiative at Otis College of Art and Design, The Annenberg Beach House, Colby Museum of Art, and Bergamot Station Arts Complex and Redevelopment. He is currently overseeing the development of a major renovation for the Mary Norton Clapp Library / Academic Commons at Occidental College. In 2010, a few months after the devastating Haitian earthquake, Joe’s personal commitment to making architecture that is human, sustainable, and artful compelled him to travel to Haiti with members of the Jesuit Refugee Service in an effort to evaluate the damaged school buildings. Joe’s intimate knowledge of both architectural design, and structural systems provided a unique teaching opportunity to educate the local Haitian engineers, and builders in structurally sound design. The experience intrinsically informed him on the importance of balancing form and function in the creation of communities.“We assess our clients’ needs,” he says, “and give them something they would have never imagined.”