AN [ARCHITECT] IS A KIND OF IDEA AND TASTE MACHINE; A [BUILDING] IS A SERIES OF CREATIVE AND TECHNICAL DECISIONS, AND IT’S THE [ARCHITECT’S] JOB TO MAKE THE RIGHT DECISIONS AS FREQUENTLY AS POSSIBLE — a quote from Stanley Kubrick
Jon Frishman has maintained an architectural practice since 2000. The purchase of a piece of property in Laurel Canyon developed into the design and construction of a refined modernist house that has been reviewed in the Los Angeles Timesand many other publications. From this “case study” his practice developed — providing quality and highly detailed design for many houses and commercial projects.
After years of drafting and design experience, from drawing machine parts and designing a house in middle school, to graduating from UC Berkeley with a Bachelor degree and from Columbia University, New York, with a Masters degree, Jon Frishman worked for Stanley Saitowitz, Berkeley, and then in New York, after graduating from Columbia, for the prestigious firms of SOM and for Gwathmey/Siegel, Architects, where he was the Project Architect on a 10,000 sq. ft. house. In 1990 he was hired by Harry Wolf, Architect, Los Angeles, to work on several published projects, including a 70-storey office building, the Disney parking garage, a mixed-use development in San Francisco, and student housing for UC Santa Barbara. He then worked for Richard Meier and Partners, Architects, on the Getty Center, California, where he was responsible for the design of the interiors of the Getty Research Institute. Once the project was completed, he set up his own practice in California. His first commission was an exhibition on the work of El Lissitzky, at the Getty Research Institute.
Today the architecture practice of Jon Frishman, Architect, focuses on the design of single-family residences, both locally and internationally.
The firms' goals :
+to design beautiful, timeless buildings that are cost effective and maintain value for now and for the future,
+to be responsive to the context and site and answer the clients’ needs through clear, simple, organized plans incorporating conscious design practices, through golden proportion and informed space,
+to utilize light as a source of inspiration for each space,
+to create solutions for every problem, providing comprehensive drawings to facilitate a seamless process, from design and client collaboration to city approvals and construction, and
+to work as a team with the client, where the resources from each specialist enhances the end product, turnkey, serving as the clients’ representative from start to finish.