Frederick Fisher’s Radical Vision

To him, architecture has a role in resolving the complexities of culture, not necessarily dramatizing them. The Los Angeles architect Frederick Fisher, who turned 60 earlier this year, is anything but a doctrinaire designer or a dogmatic personality.
Still, many of Fisher’s most recent public and institutional projects — including the Annenberg Community Beach House at Santa Monica State Beach, which just wrapped up a wildly successful first summer in operation, and a new academic building at Caltech that will be officially dedicated Friday — share many of the hallmarks of modern architecture: the clean lines, the boxy, glass-wrapped volumes, the disdain for literal historical ornament.

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