STEFANIE FISCHER MA DipArch (Cantab) RIBA FRSA
Stefanie Fischer is one of the leading cinema architects working within the independent cinema sector in the UK. She has provided services to Regional film Theatres, commercial independent cinemas, community cinemas, Local Authorities, Developers and Cinema Business Consultants. She also provides cinema consultancy services to architectural practices. Examples include acting as a cinema consultant to local architect Robin Baker on the Birks Cinema in Aberfeldy; to Nicholas Hare Architects on the London Film School’s proposed move from Covent Garden, to Strelka CA on the Khudozhestvenny Cinema Theatre in Moscow, to Burrell Foley Fischer LLP, and to Philip Meadowcroft Architects.
She carried out a joint research project with cinema business consultant Ron Inglis, part funded by the former UK Film Council, on the potential of digital distribution and exhibition to bring cinema to underserved rural, small town and periphery of city areas and went on to design the first digital cinema in the UK, Kino Hawkhurst.
Stefanie has provided consultancy services to the BFI, former UK Film Council, and former London Film and Development Agency and has worked on a range of projects from feasibility study stage to completed schemes. Projects carried out while a principal of and consultant to Burrell Foley Fischer LLP include Metro Cinemas (Metro Tartan); Renoir Cinema (Artificial Eye); Picture house, Exeter; the Rio, Dalston (Listed Grade II); Broadway, Nottingham’s Media Centre; Norwich Cinema City (Listed Grade I); the Cine Lumiere (Listed grade II) at the Institut Francais in South Kensington; and Scala Cinema and Arts Centre, Prestatyn. Recent consultancy services include appraisal for Stowmarket Town Council, Oldham Metropolitan Council and Tenterden Town Council and a competition entry for leisure led town centre regeneration in Macclesfield. Recently completed projects include Newlyn Filmhouse, the Depot Lewes, a 3 Screen cinema with cafe bar restaurant and film education facilities and Campbeltown Picture House (Listed Grade A). Current projects include a number of town centre mixed use developments (details are confidential) and appraisals for independent operators and local authorities.
Stefanie organised and participated in the BFI Cinema Technical Design Convention on cinema design held in Nottingham in 1996 and was a speaker at ‘Future Frame’ conference organised by Public Art Forum and BFI at the Lux Cinema in 1998. She also spoke at the Cinemas in the Community conference in 1999. More recently she has participated in seminars organised by CinemaNext Consulting and attended by a wide cross section of participants in the cinema sector and addressed a meeting of young planners on the contribution made by cinema to the night-time economy.
Stefanie gave evidence to the All Party Parliamentary group for Young Disabled People, in 2011 as part of their inquiry into the issues that affect young disabled people and prevent them from living fully independent lives and how this needs to be improved, to their session on the subject of leisure with a focus on cinema. She was invited to discuss examples of good and poor practice regarding disabled access to cinemas and to give the benefit of her extensive experience of designing independent cinemas. Many of the cinemas she has designed have received awards for the standard of disability access.
Stefanie Fischer provides Cinema Consulting services through Philip Meadowcroft Architects.
Philip Meadowcroft Architects is an award-winning architectural practice with an established reputation for delivering well-crafted buildings which reflect the everyday lives of the people who use them and the places they occupy. They have designed projects for a wide range of clients within public and private sectors including masterplans, urban regeneration plans, schools, houses, offices, art galleries, exhibitions, landscapes, interiors and furniture. Many of these are in complex urban situations and within sensitive historic contexts.
While a Principal of, and Consultant to Burrell Foley Fisher LLP Architects and Designers (2005 - 2015), Stefanie Fisher worked on projects recognised as being at the forefront of a new breed of urban cinema, that make a positive contribution to place making and High Street and Town Centre regeneration. Completed projects include the multi award winning Depot Lewes, Campbelltown Picture House, Broadway Nottingham, Scala Cinema and Arts Centre, Prestatyn, Norwich Cinema City and Newlyn Filmhouse.
3 screen cinema with a restaurant, cafe/bar, and film education facilities.
Town Centre regeneration
An article published in the Cinema Theatre Association Bulletin can be downloaded from:
Campbelltown Picture House
Restoration of historic cinema (Listed Grade A) and construction of a new Screen 2, accesible entrance, foyer, cafe/bar, multi-use space and ancillary facilities.
Town Centre Regeneration by Stefanie Fischer
An article written for the Academy of Urbanism Journal can be downloaded from:
4 screen cinema with cafe bars, creative workspace and ancillary facilities.
Regeneration of the Lacemarket Conservation Area
Scala Cinema and Arts Centre
2 auditoria, 1 dedicated to cinema exhibition and 1 multi-use with cafe/bar, meeting rooms and ancillary facilities.
High Street Regeneration
Norwich Cinema City
3 screen cinema with cafe/bar, restaurant, and education facilities.
City Centre Regeneration
2 screen neighbourhood cinema with a cafe/bar. Contributor to Local Plan to develop Penzance and Newlyn as a creative maritime tour.
SOUTH EAST LABC BUILDING EXCELLENCE AWARDS 2018:
BEST PUBLIC SERVICE BUILDING
RIBA SOUTH EAST AWARDS 2018: SHORTLISTED
RTPI SOUTH EAST AWARDS 2017:
REGIONAL WINNER AND AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN PLANNING FOR HERITAGE
RTPI AWARDS 2018: EXCELLENCE IN PLANNING FOR CULTURE & HERITAGE:
CIVIC TRUST AWARDS 2018:
CIVIC TRUST AWARDS 2018:
SELWYN GOLDSMITH AWARD FOR UNIVERSAL DESIGN:
SUSSEX HARITAGE TRUST 2017:
PUBLIC AND COMMUNITY AWARD; BUILDING CRAFTS AWARD