Front is a design consulting firm comprising over fifty professionals with backgrounds in architecture and structural, mechanical, and environmental engineering, with offices in New York, San Francisco, Seattle, and Hong Kong. Front is a collective of creative individuals who bring specialist façade system design expertise to project owners, architects, designers, consultants, and contractors. By engaging fully with our partners in the design and construction industry, we provide strategic advice and intensive collaboration to realize innovative solutions in building design across the world. Through a customized approach to the design and the project process, our firm aims to create, develop, and adapt different ways of thinking and making in a forward-thinking mode of practice.
Established in 2002, Front celebrates the completion of one hundred unique built projects to date. Our clients include some of the most creative and visionary architects of our time. With many works-in-progress, Front has also participated in the design of over three hundred projects in collaboration with a distinguished clientele of architects and designers, acquiring a wealth of experience in different project delivery types and varied project conditions, and resulting in an incredible portfolio of building façade systems including custom-designed curtainwall systems, bespoke cladding systems, geometrically challenging building forms, elegant and efficient supporting structures, original kinetic solutions, beautiful long-span skylights, and other forms of glazing. Front’s façade consulting projects include all scales and complexities from high-rise commercial buildings and corporate headquarters to educational and cultural institutions; from single-family residences to condominium and hotel towers; and from historically sensitive additions to the fabrication of art installations. We leverage our diverse expertise and the skills essential to the successful delivery of the contemporary building envelope to support our clients’ values and aspirations and to achieve each project’s design vision.
At the same time, our clients appreciate that Front also has the technical depth and practical knowledge of construction to communicate the design in clear terms that the contractor understands. Front has worked first-hand with a wide range of international and local contractors, subcontractors, and fabricators and different construction approaches, so we are well-positioned within the industry and know how to address practical concerns such as cost efficiency and constructability, with an understanding of global issues as well as the ability to resolve the fine details. Through our involvement in teaching and research at internationally renowned schools and universities in America, Europe, and Asia, as well as professional speaking engagements and authorship of industry standards and guidelines for façade and building envelope design, Front occupies a position at the forefront of its specialty as façade consultants, and continually endeavors to expand and advance its knowledge base. Attuned to the cultural and technological needs of the future global building industry, we have built our reputation on original problem-solving, insightful analysis, technically advanced and aesthetically sensitive design solutions, and productive interdisciplinary collaboration. For this, we wish to thank all of our clients and colleagues and celebrate the spirit in which this collective effort took place.