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 he 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 perspective on modern contemporary architecture and art with green materials and design. The firm’s approach to sustainable architecture is grounded in his comprehensive understanding of the construction field, having also spent years as a foreman, a landscape designer and metal fabricator.

Chris’ dedication to design has been a driving force throughout his life. He spent much his childhood drawing and painting and today continues to explore the interrelationship between painting, sculpture, and architecture through his artwork.