I came to architecture through an early apprenticeship in London while visiting family, and promptly fell in love with all aspects of the profession…especially putting pencil to paper, and how drawings communicate intent, texture and care.
During my time abroad I worked on Grade 1 Listed buildings—those highest on the Statutory List of Buildings of Special Architectural or Historic Interest. This instilled in me a real appreciation for history and the classical masters, and became a fundamental consideration in my approach to existing structures, in compliment to my desire for creating modern buildings.
Having my roots in Berkeley, I knew from an early age that the Bay Area was an exceptional place, and was committed to centering my life here. So, after further work experience in Chicago, I returned to earn my architecture degree at UC Berkeley, and have been designing here ever since—for many years with a local modernist’s office, and then by establishing Fischer Architecture in 2006.
In our practice Kerstin and I have complimentary skill sets: her agile, poised, skillful project management frees me up to focus on design and delve into related details and specifications. We feel that our partnership makes the work stronger—not only in design integrity but, most importantly, for our clients’ experience.