Stefanie Fischer

Stefanie Fischer

Practice: Burrell Foley Fischer LLP
Established: 1982
City: London
Country: United Kingdom
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Stefanie Fischer studied Architecture at the University of Cambridge, joined Burrell Foley Associates, a young emerging practice, as an associate in 1982, and became a partner in 1985.
Stefanie's expertise includes independent cinema design, and she has provided consultancy services to the British Film Institute and UK Film Council, contributed to a research project looking at the potential for digital cinema to provide access to film in under-serviced areas and designed Kino Hawkhurst, the first all-digital cinema in the UK.
She has worked on capital projects for national academies including The Royal Society, The Academy of Medical Sciences and Royal Academy of Engineering, involving the creative reuse of significant historic buildings.
She assists with training future generations of architects, acting as an employment mentor and as a professional and external examiner at a number of architectural schools, and has contributed to the work of national advisory committees.

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Scala Cinema & Arts Centre, Prestatyn

The Scala Cinema & Arts Centre project aims to help revitalise the town centre and provides access once again to film on a site with strong local memories of cinema-going. In addition to a 150-seat cinema, it provides access to new social and training facilities, exhibition spaces, meeting and training rooms and a flexible multi-use auditorium suited not only to cinema exhibition but performing arts, dance and exercise classes, fairs and markets.

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