Frederick Fisher founded the firm that is recognized for innovative, refined and enduring designs for premier art and academic institutions. His design legacy of thirty years was recognized by the Los Angeles chapter of the American Institute of Architects with the 2013 Gold Medal. Fred’s approach to architecture comes from a broad cultural and social perspective. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Oberlin College in Art and Art History and a Master of Architecture from UCLA. Fred is a member of the Board of Councilors for the University of Southern California School of Architecture, and is Chairman of the Board of Governors at Otis College of Art and Design. Previously, he was Chairman of Otis College’s Environmental Design. Fred has held numerous visiting instructor posts including Harvard University Graduate School of Design, Columbia University, SCI-Arc and the Department of Architecture and Urban Design at UCLA. Fred has given and participated in over 50 lectures and panel discussions at conferences and universities, most recently at the Salzburg Global Seminar.
Fred is a Fellow with the American Academy in Rome, having won the 2008 Franklin D. Israel Rome Prize. Other selected awards include a 2011 Innovation Awards “Best in Show” and a 2009 AIA Honor Award and SCDF Design Award for the Annenberg IST Center at Caltech, a 2009 Westside Prize and SCDF Design Award for the Annenberg Community Beach House, a 2008 Orchid Award for the Oceanside Museum of Art, an AIA Design award for the Santa Ynez Residence in 2007, AIA Restaurant Design Awards in 2009 and 2006 for Houston’s Restaurants in Denver and Santa Monica, and the Brendan Gill Prize for MoMA PS1 Contemporary Art Center in New York in 2001.