Fisher ARCHitecture produces experientially rich buildings that are sustainable and affordable.
We are totally committed to design quality and unique in that we work on only two or three 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 architectural services for the dollar. The resulting designs are a testament to the value of this arrangement.
Sept 28-Oct 11, 2015 Last week, we visited our "Susquehanna Art Museum" show, where the "River House" and the "Emerald Art Glass House" are currently on display. Sunday, close to 1000 guests visited our 5743 Kentucky Ave renovation at the SAC Shadyside House Tour. This week, our Vandergrift Community Center is the feature project on the AIA Pittsburgh home page. And yesterday, Eric lectured at the Pittsburgh History and Landmarks apprenticeship program.
Sept 21-27, 2015 Thursday night, we attended the Green Building Alliance gala. Friday, was the Pittsburgh design exhibit on the gallery crawl, where two Fisher ARCHitecture projects are on display. Below left, Bea Spolidoro, Matt Diersen and Ben Kelley check out our boards. On the right, Fisher ARCHitecture interns, Chase Kea and Ines Yupanqui chat with Lena Alghamdi.
August 24-30, 2015 Published just this morning here on the Pittsburgh AIA site is my essay on the new role of an architect. Below are pics of the new Edgar House with the finalized materials selections.
August 10-16, 2015 Two Fisher ARCHitecture projects were among the thirteen chosen for the "Susquehanna Art Museum" Fall show! "River House" construction is well underway. Here is a link to Sinan Goral's well-written, insightful blog documenting the construction process.
August 3-9, 2015 Eric was in Italy the past week. Scarpa's "San Vito Cemetery" was on the "Fisher ARCHitecture" must-see list.
June 29- July 5, 2015 Happy July 4 everyone. If you are a homeowner or developer and are looking for properties on the water, I know of two spectacular, affordable sites in Tarentum just twenty-five minutes from downtown... Here's a rendering of one possible site configuration with two businesses below and two homes above. For more info, click here!
June 8-14, 2015 As a rower, I've always wanted to design a boathouse. Finally I got my chance! With this design we added two bedrooms and a bay for kayak storage to the unused existing ground floor of this traditional Oil City river house.
June 1-7, 2015 Will this Fisher ARCHitecture drawing win the 2015 Architectural Record Cocktail Napkin Sketch Contest? We'll soon find out!
May 25-31, 2015 The show of talented Pittsburgh artist, Ryder Henry's impressive work (below) at the Mattress Factory Art Museum has been extended till June 26. Also, we enjoyed Hal Saville's recent lecture on EIS Solar passive house power at the Green Building Alliance. Last but not least, Justin Uzarski visited the office the other day to tell us about Mitsubishi Electric's newest green cooling and heating products.
May 11-17, 2015 I am proud to be hosting UDream intern, Chase Kea, this year. The program recently won the 2015 AIA National Diversity Award. Here is the Carnegie Mellon's Press Release. And here is Architect Magazine's Interview with Don Carter, Director of the Remaking Cities Institute.
May 4-10, 2015 Here is a link to the introductory text of my May 7 Pittsburgh and History Landmarks Foundation talk at the Landmarks Preservation Resource Center. Thanks so much to Louise Sturgess and Karamagi Rujumba for the opportunity to present my ideas! Below is an image of the "Auditorium for Saint Francis' Convent" in Santpedor, Spain by David Closes 2011, which I used as an example of how old and new may coexist.
Apr 6-12, 2015 Here is the link to my April 9th Pecha Kucha Night presentation at the Carnegie Museum of Art cafe, which I just posted on my Fisher ARCHitecture blog!
Mar 23-29, 2015 Thursday evening, Fisher ARCHitecture hosted an AIA Pittsburgh Young Architects' Forum mentorship event in which three experienced architects joined Eric on the podium to relate experiences from when they were just getting started. Thanks to Ray Bowman for organizing. Here is the event podcast and here are more pics.
Mar 2-8, 2015 Today we interviewed potential summer interns through the CMU "Urban Design Regional Employment Action for Minorities" program. It was a strong group. One of them may well be joining be joining our still-in-formation summer office group. Below is a just-designed bathroom and sink for longtime clients, Bonnie and Randy Edgar, out in Sarver, PA.
Feb 2-8, 2015 A lot's happened in the last month. We updated our profile on Houzz, obtained a new "tiny house" project, and have been cranking ahead with the River House. Our 513 Court Place project made it safely through CDAP and the Planning Commission. Also, teamed with "Environmental Planning and Design", we are a finalist for an interesting Pittsburgh urban design project with a housing component. Below is a cool pillow we just purchased from Julia at "The Shop" in East Liberty nestled in my living room.
Dec 1-7, 2014 This week, as Paul Bahn and Iliya Jordanoff became acquainted with their new Fisher ARCHitecture projects, John Cummings and Randy Edgar installed the Edgar House cantilevered stair treads.
Nov 24-30, 2014 Happy Thankgiving everyone!
Nov 17-23, 2014 We are happy to announce that talented former Fisher ARCHitecture teammates, Iliya Jordanoff and Paul Bahn, have returned to the Studio, where they will be collaborating on a variety of new and continuing projects. Iliya also designs sets for Central Catholic stage productions and performs with a local Bulgarian dance troupe. Paul has recently returned home from Colorado, where he worked as a designer and an artist. Last week we bid adieu to intern, Mary Thomas, who will soon be returning to India with her husband.
Nov 10-16, 2014 It can be both interesting and instructive to trace a detail like this just-fabricated-by-Edgar-Manufacturing "Edgar House" cantilevered stair tread from conception through construction.
Nov 3-9, 2014 WE ARE HIRING at Fisher ARCHitecture. Email us if you have an architecture degree, possess between two and six years of experience, and are interested in working at a small, progressive architecture office. Below is an image from the excellent show, "Breakup", at the "James Gallery" in Pittsburgh's West End Village.
Oct 27-Nov 2, 2014 This is "Zahner's" patinated zinc siding, which we may well use on our "513 Court Place" project. And here is what it looks like on the building. On Thursday, Greg Galford brought his inquisitive, Chatham College interior architecture students to my office for a visit. They write wonderful thank-you notes!
Oct 13-19, 2014 The lectures at CMU and at the Carnegie Museum have been particularly strong this year. Along with Josemaria De Churtichaga, and Sebastian Errazuriz, the image below shows the amazing work of Japanese architect, Sou Fujimoto, who spoke this week at the Kresge Theatre.
Sept 22-Oct 5, 2014 Here is the completed model of our prefab housing project, ably constructed by interns, Mary Thomas (shown here) and Hannah Dobos. Along with all his work, Eric found the time on two beautiful early Fall mornings during this period to run both the Great Race and the Shadyside 5k.
Sept 15-21, 2014 All the work we did preparing for the Shadyside House Tour was worth it. Well over a thousand people visited the Fisher ARCHitecture home/office yesterday! Thanks to everyone who helped out. We really appreciate it...
Sept 8-Sept 14, 2014 We are continuing to design exciting pieces of furniture for our clients. Here, a Portugese cork clad, Fisher Architecture designed base and backrest, ably constructed by Justin Lacey at Day Shift Furniture here in Pittsburgh, supports two Kjaerholm replica lounges by Modern Classics. The glass vessels are by Kathleen Mulcahy.
Sept 1-7, 2014 This week we visited the Mattress Factory Art Museum, where we attended an opening featuring new work by talented Pittsburgh artist, Ryder Henry.
Aug 25-31, 2014 Here are a couple renderings of our in-design River House, showing our first take at a corner "Light-box" that would shine across the Allegheny at night.
Aug 18-24, 2014 The Pedunculosa Planting: It sounds like the title of a Frederick Forsyth thriller. In reality, it's the hardworking folk at Gardenalia installing a Chinese Holly I acquired from the talented Irwin Studio landscape designer, Jim Lampl.
Aug 11-17, 2014 We're helping to green Shadyside: This week we canvassed for Tree Pittsburgh in Shadyside with Christine Graziano, Jay Podolsky, and Lisa Haabestad, among many others. In the end, our group submitted a community application to the City with thirty three tree requests!
Aug 4-10, 2014 This week, intern, Nathan Lutz, and the Fisher ARCHitecture team presented Victor Pribanic with the evolved schematic design of his soon-to-be-renovated downtown law offices. Check out the new design here!
July 28-Aug 3, 2014 The foundation of the Edgar House has now been constructed. This week, even as we are still finalizing the window schedule, contractor, John Cummings, will begin the wood framing process. Here is a link to a new series of computer generated project renderings!
July 14-20, 2014 The excellent Fall issue of Shady Ave Magazine is now out. Many thanks to editor, Nancy Johnson, and photographer, Melody Farrin, who thoughtfully profiled my home and business.
July 7-13, 2014 This week, interns Kathryn Karl, Hannah Dobos, and Mary Thomas have started our Zero Energy Prefab Prototype Model.
June 30-July 6, 2014 On Tuesday, Joy Van De Velde stopped by to talk about 3form surfaces. Here is intern, Hannah Dobos, installing a 3form panel in our office bathroom.
June 23-29, 2014 And here is a cool sketch of a new house we are designing on the Allegheny River for Cyd Stackhouse and Dr. Robert Bergren!
June 16-22, 2014 Here is the first look of the facade renovation of the "Pribanic and Pribanic" legal offices. Now we are beginning work on the lobby redesign!
June 9-15, 2014 This week we worked with owner, Randy Edgar, contractor, John Cummings, and engineer, Chris Kim, to resolve the Edgar House Southwest corner.
June 2-8, 2014 On the left is my summer staff at rest. (from left to right: Jared Andrzejewski, Mary Thomas, Kathryn Karl, Hannah Dobos, Eric Fisher, Nathan Lutz, Nouf Aljowaysir, and Jonathan Shakt) To the right is a shot of us practicing "Green Roof Maintenance".
May 26-June 1, 2014 This was the week Jared Andrzejewski completed the physical model of our cool Merging Media "anamorphic projection" project. And here is a new project rendering by Nathan Lutz.
May 19-25, 2014 Tuesday evening, we stopped by Christine Fréchard's wonderful Squirrel Hill gallery for a glass of wine. There, Christine spoke of her love for red wine, France, and the painting 'Anapurna', by Antonio Puri, which she is currently exhibiting in her space. As we sipped, Christine was kind enough to purchase a hand painted box from a softspoken Ukrainian visitor named Yuri, who explained he was raising money for his ministry.
May 12-18, 2014 On Wednesday, at 1:30PM, super-talented local sculptor/artist, Jan Loney dropped by the Fisher Architecture offices to discuss public art in the city. Then at 2:00, folks from the cool hardware company, Hafele, stopped by for a half hour to talk about their new products.
May 05-11, 2014 Here is the site plan of a new home we will be designing on the Allegheny River in Morningside!
Apr 28-May 4, 2014 Friday, Cyd Stackhouse brought a group of her tenth grade North Allegheny Intermediate High School students by for a tour of the office and a talk on what it's like to be an architect.
Apr 21-27, 2014 Although the week was peppered with design reviews and evening lectures, for the most part we spent our days in the office on the computer honing the Edgar House permit set drawings. And here is the video of my latest talk promoting our line of radiant heated glass furniture.
Apr 14-20, 2014 Here are two recent projects I designed specifically for Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto: On the left is my recent winning design for a new Pittsburgh bike rack. On the right is our Walnut Street solar panel array design for Culloden Way, next door to American Apparel.
Apr 7-13, 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 23-29, 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 2-8, 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 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!