Firm Profile: Fischer Architecture


Andrew Fischer, Architect, founded Fischer Architecture in West Berkeley in the spring of 2006, and was joined shortly thereafter by his wife, Kerstin Fischer, AIA LEED AP. Together, their work covers an array of styles and project scale from modest kitchen remodels to new multi-thousand square feet homes primarily within the custom residential genre.

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Andrew began his architectural training in London, where he worked as an apprentice to an award-winning preservation architect, and later returned to the States where he received his BA in architecture  from  UC  Berkeley. Kerstin also received her BA in architecture from UC Berkeley, during which time she spent eighteen months studying architectural history at Lund University in Southern Sweden. Through these  experiences  Andrew and Kerstin each developed an eye for the proportions and  nuances  of  centuries-old  design  that  they  blend today with the largely contemporary  work  produced by their firm.

Final 1-11 Archnews Sep_Page_06_Image_0002Prior to launching Fischer Architecture, Andrew spent twelve years working in the office of Regan Bice Architects in Berkeley. Kerstin worked  in several San Francisco firms, including Mark Cavagnero Associates and Pfau Architecture (now Pfau Long Architecture).

Recent noteworthy projects completed by Fischer Architecture include a comprehensive renovation and rehabilitation to the McDuffie Estate, a Berkeley Landmark residence in the Claremont neighborhood. The home was designed in 1926 by architect Willis Polk for Duncan McDuffie of the Mason McDuffie Company. In 2012, Fischer Architecture restored the house to its original romantic grandeur, while also beautifully integrating contemporary additive interventions of steel, glass, and concrete. These elements, all components of the Willis Polk design, were represented in a modern language sympathetic to the original architecture. Fischer Architecture also recently completed two phases of a renovation to a 1956 villa designed by Joseph Esherick in Berkeley, and a third phase is currently underway. Among other exciting residential projects currently in construction and on the boards at the office, Fischer Architecture is the design architect for a series of boutique coffee bars located throughout in the southern states of the US. The flagship bar in Birmingham, AL opened with great success last winter, and locations in Chattanooga and Nashville, TN, New Orleans, LA, and Atlanta, GA either already opened or debuting before the year’s end.Final 1-11 Archnews Sep_Page_06_Image_0003

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