Profile
Overview

Front is a design consulting group comprised of nearly fifty people with backgrounds in architecture and structural, mechanical, and environmental engineering.  We have a global network of offices in New York, San Francisco, Seattle, London, and Hong Kong. Front is an cross-disciplinary collective of creative individuals who bring specialist façade system design expertise to building 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. 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 nearly two hundred unique built projects to date.  Front has also participated in over five hundred projects in collaboration with a distinguished clientele of architects and designers, including some of the most creative and visionary architects of our time.  We have acquired a wealth of experience on diverse project types, 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 iconic corporate headquarters and high-rise commercial buildings to educational and cultural institutions; from exquisite single-family residences to stunning hotel and condominium 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 universities, our speaking engagements at conferences aimed at the architecture and building profession, and contribution to writing 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.  We are attuned to the cultural and technological needs of the future global building industry, and 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.

CCTV - China Central Television Headquarters - Beijing, 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