Build Expo Educator
Christopher L. Mercier, AIA, founded form, environment, research (fer) studio in early 2002, following nine years as a Senior Associate/Project Architect for Gehry Partners, LLP, formally Frank O. Gehry & Associates. Spanning his more than 20 year career, Chris has worked on many of the industry’s most respected international projects, including the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao in Spain, the Condé Nast Cafeteria in New York, artist Richard Serra’s pedestrian bridge in London, and the Bio-Diversity Museum in Panama, among other architectural icons.
After earning his Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) in architecture at Lawrence University, Mercier moved to Milan, Italy, where was recruited by Daniel Libeskind, the master plan architect selected to oversee the reconstruction of the World Trade Center in Manhattan. Following his assignment with Libeskind’s ‘Architecture Intermundium’, Christopher returned to the States to complete a graduate degree in architecture (M. Arch) at Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc).
Christopher founded (fer) studio to combine his individual perspectives on modern contemporary architecture & art and sustainable design as an opportunity for creating unique and iconic design solutions specific to each client’s personal needs and identity. The firm’s approach to sustainable architecture is grounded in his comprehensive understanding of the construction field, having also spent years as a shop foreman, a landscape designer and metal fabricator.