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Principals

Bruce Nichol - Principal

Bruce is a founding principal at Front, and is a licensed architect in the UK where he received his BA (Honours) degree and Graduate Diploma in Architecture.  His architectural and facade experience of 30 years includes bespoke design solutions for airport, cultural, institutional, retail projects.  He worked with Foster + Partners and Renzo Piano Building Workshop prior to Front, and has taught at Princeton University’s School of Architecture.

Marc Simmons - Principal

Marc is a founding principal at Front, is also Associate Professor of Practice at MIT School of Architecture, and the past Ventulett Chair of Architectural Design at the Georgia Institute of Technology (Atlanta).  He is a licensed architect in New York State and holds a Bachelor degree in Environmental Studies and a professional Bachelor degree in Architecture.  With 25 years of experience, his specialist facade knowledge is built upon previous work at Foster + Partners, Meinhardt Facade Technology, and Dewhurst Macfarlane & Partners.

Michael Min Ra - Principal

Michael is a founding principal at Front, and holds a professional Bachelor of Architecture degree, graduating with High Honors distinction from the Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago.  Prior to Front, he worked as senior facade consultant at Dewhurst Macfarlane & Partners’ structural glass & facade consulting group in New York.  His experience includes structural glass systems, complex day-lighting systems, innovative building facades, and high performance building envelopes.

Elaine Yau - Principal

Elaine holds a Bachelor of Environmental Studies and a professional Bachelor degree in Architecture, and is a licensed architect in New York.  With more than 20 years of experience in this field, she applies project management skills and technical knowledge gained through prior work on complex government and institutional projects to her role as the managing principal at Front.

                                                                                                                                                          

Anthony Kantzas - Associate Principal

Anthony holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering.  His prior experience as a facade engineer for a well-regarded curtainwall contractor includes structural, thermal, blast design for facades.  He is an experienced project manager responsible for technical direction in his leadership role at Front.

Evan Levelle - Associate Principal

Evan received his Bachelor of Science degree in Architecture from the Georgia Institute of Technology.  His practical knowledge of the facade industry and leadership in Building Information Modelling (BIM) have contributed to the success of many key facade consulting projects at Front.

Jeffrey Kock - Associate Principal

Jeff holds both a Bachelor of Science degree in Architecture and a Master of Science (Structural Engineering, Mechanics and Materials Program), and is a registered architect (California).  He is a team-builder who contributes to the technical excellence of the firm in his leadership role at Front.

Leo Henke - Associate Principal

Leo earned his Masters degree in Architecture from Princeton University and a Bachelor in Architecture from University of California, Berkeley, and is a registered architect (Texas).  At Front, he applies his knowledge of the procurement process and provides leadership in curtainwall and facade system design.

Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center (SNFCC) - Athens, Greece
Ronald O. Perelman Performing Arts Center - New York, NY
University of Chicago in Hong Kong
Krause Gateway Center - Des Moines IA, USA
Elevate - Seattle, WA
Cummins Office - Indianapolis  IN, USA
West Block - Ottowa, ON, Canada
Kukje Gallery - Seoul, South Korea
BAM South - New York, NY
Amazon Spheres - Seattle, WA
Xiqu Center - Hong Kong, China
TWA Flight Center - New York, NY
Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center (SNFCC) - Athens, GreeceArchitects: Renzo Piano Building Workshop / Betaplan Photo: SNF Yiorgis Yerolymbos