Fisher ARCHitecture is an innovation-oriented Pittsburgh architecture and design firm that combines personal attention to clients with a cosmopolitan, creative product. Our focus: We create "experiential" buildings that are sustainable and affordable.
Fisher ARCHitecture is totally committed to design quality. We are unique in that we work on only one or two projects at a time. Under the leadership of architect, Eric Fisher AIA, LEED AP, Fisher ARCHitecture has become a recognized advocate for quality, contemporary, Pittsburgh Green design. When clients want their buildings to speak to Pittsburgh, yet connect to buildings being built around the world, they come to us.
Because you communicate directly with principal, Eric Fisher AIA, LEED AP as the design process moves forward, your goals and objectives are thoroughly understood. You simply won't find a principal of an established firm elsewhere who is committed to this level of personal involvement. This process creates less overhead and allows us to provide more service. The resulting designs are a testament to the value of this arrangement.
Apr 7-Apr 13, 2014 Thursday evening, we traveled to the Carnegie Museum Theater for a lecture by the noted sculptor and tensegrity inventor, Kenneth Snelson. In 2013, Fisher Architecture built our own tensegrity table prototype, shown here, with the assistance of builder and architectural intern, Marc Delissio.
Mar 30-Apr 6, 2014 Thursday evening, I lectured at Pittsburgh Filmmakers on the "RG1" for Pecha Kucha Night. The RG1, as I mentioned Nov 4, is our prototype of the world's first radiant heated chair. Click here for a link to the presentation, which we have published on our Fisher Architecture blog.
Mar 23-Mar 29, 2014 This week I wanted to give a shout out to Greg Coll and Doris Short at the Pittsburgh AIGA , the professional organization for design, who held their annual awards event, "Pittsburgh365", on Friday. FISHER ARCHitecture is proud to have close relationships with the leaders of Pittsburgh organizations that promote the Arts.
Mar 2-Mar 8, 2014 Click here for larger scale versions of these two new Blue Steel images, which depict for the first time the rain chain and overhanging roof. The forms are satisfactory. Now we have to hone the colors and materials. Laissez les bons temps rouler!
Feb 23-Mar 1, 2014 This was a really productive week for FISHER ARCHitecture: We finished our Prairie Schooner project, which we submitted to an Azure Magazine competition, we design-binged on our Blue Steel project, and we moved ahead with the design of the wire pattern for our radiant chair designs…with body paint!
Feb 16-22, 2014 Wednesday eve FISHER ARCHitecture traveled to Chatham, where we watched an awesome documentary, "TINY: A Story About Living Small". This is a pic I took of the screen during the post-film Skype Q&A with the directors/builders. Check out my Jan 12-18 post to preview the design of our own soon-to-be-built 200sf "Tiny House" for Arial and Brandon Forbes!
Feb 9-15, 2014 It's construction administration time at our Ewing House project. We drove out Thursday to Sarver for a visit and found the project covered with a blanket of fresh snow. The snow masks the fact that the project is not yet complete but provides an idea of what it will look like once the landscaping and exterior details have been put into place. Also, it was great to stop by our Ormond House project later in the day for a visit with carpenter and former Pittsburgh Zoning Director, Jeremy Smith, who has executed our deceptively simple casework with aplomb and skill.
Feb 2-8, 2014 This week we worked dilligently on the Blue Steel house interior. The furniture is by Kjaerholm and Bertoia. The lights are of course by Charles and Ray Eames. Our goal is to design the interior so it is casual yet elegant, balancing color, form, and materials to form an wholistic composition. How far is too far? When do you stop? It's always the question...
Jan 19-25, 2014 The trailer is out for Aytac Karaguzel's new film on Richard Meier's Pittsburgh legacy, the Giovannitti House, featuring Fisher Architecture's own Eric Fisher at 1:16 and noted architectural historian, Charles Rosenblum at 1:48! Here in the office, we are continuing to move forward with our Blue Steel project - yes, it was named after Ben Stiller's "look" in the movie, Zoolander - and with the Ewing House, which, after a challenging construction process, is now in the capable hands of contractor, John Cummings.
Jan 12-18, 2014 This week, talented Colombian architect, Ines Yupanqui, started working with us. After coordinating the submission of the Emerald Art Glass House for an Architizer+ award, she is now developing heated wire patterns for our incipient line of indoor/outdoor glass furniture. As well, intern, Katharine Taylor, and I moved forward with the conversion of an unheated shed located on the Allegheny River near Oil City into a weekend home for two.
Dec 15-21, 2013 To end the year we took a project from a couple years ago that was a FINALIST in an international architectural Progressive Architecture/APA competition and reimagined it using the cool software we now use in the office. My interns are calling the unsentimental style of this home, which is old fashioned and tough, yet vaguely futuristic, "Farm Punk".
Nov 17-23, 2013 This week, our cool home/office, featuring Mr. Martin, the kitty, was featured in Houzz. Here's the link to the article, written by Pittsburgh writer/designer, Lauren Piasecki, with photos by Jason Snyder. As the holiday season is upon us, ready or not, this is a good week for finishing things up: Not only will Ellen Ormond's cool interior, contracted with consumate skill by John Cummings, be photo-ready, but it also looks like Iliya Jordanoff's work on our Amberson Towers project will be complete.
Nov 4-16, 2013 This week we submitted our design for what we believe to be the world's first radiant chair for an Architizer+ award. It's an international competition but, as always, we are optimistic. Someone has to win! Our client is high-end, modern furniture retailers, Henry Hall Designs, and the fabricator is glass guru, Frank Dlubak, who supplied the glass for the Getty Museum, the White House, and the Statue of Liberty. One other honor: We were also featured in an uber-hip, tablet-friendly blog called Edition29.
Oct 28-Nov 3, 2013 We spoke this week with the folks at Design Bureau, who will soon be featuring our Irwin Studio project. We believe this to be the first building ever that balances power to and from the grid yet features glass on fifty percent of its perimeter! The incredibly cool landscaping is by rock-master, Jim Lampl. Also, we submitted our credentials to the producers of Project Runway for a forthcoming architecture reality television show (ARTS). Ok, I'm skeptical; but what better way to bring high concept architecture to the masses!
Oct 21-27, 2013 On Thursday, architect-turned filmmaker, Aytac Karaguzel, stopped by the Fisher ARCHitecture office with her former Pittsburgh Filmmakers professor, Will Zavala, for an all-day visit to interview Eric Fisher for a movie they are making celebrating Richard Meier's Pittsburgh legacy, the Giovannitti House, which is located on the Chatham College campus. Below is Eric's "stunt double", the sound engineer, sitting in for him as they prepare the shot.
Oct 14-20, 2013 On Thursday, Fisher ARCHitecture hosted a dinner organized by the "Green Building Alliance" for twenty delegates who were in town attending the "Pittsburgh Remaking Cities Congress". Here is a link to the text of the brief talk Eric gave at the event. Prince Charles delivered the keynote address. Too bad it wasn't at at our office ;)
Oct 7-13, 2013 This was a busy week for sure for Fisher ARCHitecture. On Wednesday, we received our new twenty-eight page design booklets, courtesy of "Smartpress". Thursday, our new and improved website went online thanks to our long-time Canadian hosts, "NYN Designs". Not only do we now have the ability to update our homepage weekly with notes and links, but the image quality of our content has increased dramatically.
Then Friday was our Fisher House Punch. Wow, what an event! We had close to 150 attendees over the course of the evening. Many thanks to mint-muddling intern, Ryan Smerker; shoe-paper designer, Kat Taylor; architect cum bartender, Iliya Jordanoff; and to our guests, all of whom contributed to making the evening a big success!