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Principals

Marc Simmons - Principal

Marc Simmons is Associate Professor of the Practice at MIT School of Architecture, and the former Thomas W. Ventulett III Distinguished Chair in Architectural Design at Georgia Tech.  He holds both Bachelor of Environmental Studies and professional Bachelor of Architecture degrees from the University of Waterloo, Canada, and held a faculty position at Princeton University School of Architecture.  His 20 years of specialist façade knowledge is built upon previous work at Foster and Partners, Meinhardt Façade Technology, and Dewhurst Macfarlane & Partners.

Na Min Ra - Principal

Na Min Ra holds a professional Bachelor of Architecture degree and graduated with High Honors distinction from the Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago. At Dewhurst Macfarlane & Partners he worked as a senior façade consultant in their New York structural glass & façade consulting group. His professional experience includes complex day-lighting envelopes, structural glass systems, innovative building facades and other high performance envelope systems.

Bruce Nichol - Principal

Bruce Nichol is a licensed architect in the UK where he received his BA (Honours) degree from Huddersfield Polytechnic and his Graduate Diploma in Architecture from Oxford Brookes University. His extensive architectural and facade experience of 25 years includes bespoke design solutions for airport, transportation, cultural, institutional, retail projects. He worked with Foster and Partners and Renzo Piano Building Workshop prior to Front, and has also lectured at Princeton University School of Architecture.

Martin Riese - Principal

Martin Riese received his Bachelor of Architecture degree from the University of Toronto and is a licensed architect in Canada and New York state. He worked with Santiago Calatrava, Foster and Partners, and Gehry Technologies, where he was a Managing Director. He has extensive experience as a practicing architect and applies his knowledge of design, facade systems, construction, and Building Information Modelling (BIM) methods to the holistic integration of design and technology at Front.

Richard Green - Principal

Richard Green is a facade specialist with over 20 years of experience in curtain walls, glass walls, tension structures, stone and masonry cladding systems.  He holds both a Bachelor of Engineering and Graduate Diploma in Structural Engineering, and is a licensed professional engineer (WA, TX).  At Front, he provides leadership and technical direction in façade engineering and building science.

Elaine Yau - Principal

Elaine Yau holds a Bachelor degree in Environmental Studies and a professional Bachelor Degree in Architecture from the University of Waterloo, Canada.  With 20 years of experience in this field, she applies project management skills and technical knowledge gained through prior work on complex government, institutional, commercial projects to her role as the managing principal responsible for business operations and professional development at Front.

CCTV - China Central Television Headquarters - Beijing, China
The Morpheus Hotel - Macau, China
Mahanakhon BKK Tower, Mixed Use Highrise - Bangkok, Thailand
Shenzhen Energy Headquarters - Shenzhen, China
Aspen Art Museum - Aspen CO, USA
Tea Stone Pavillion, Ossuloc Tea Museum - Jeju, South Korea
Yas Island Marina Hotel - Abu Dhabi, UAE
Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum - Boston MA, USA
Jane's Carousel - Brooklyn NY, USA
Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum - East Lansing MI, USA
Dee and Charles Wyly Theater, AT&T Performing Arts Center - Dallas TX, USA
Rutgers University Business School - New Brunswick, NJ
Kukje Gallery - Seoul, South Korea
Shenzhen Stock Exhcange - Shenzhen, China
Seattle Central Library - Seattle WA, USA
Theater for a New Audience - Brooklyn, NY
King Abdullah University of Science & Technology
Walker Art Center Expansion and Renovation - Minneapolis MN, USA
CCTV - China Central Television Headquarters - Beijing, ChinaArchitects: OMA / ECADI, Photo: Iwan Baan