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Overview

Front is a design consulting group comprised of more than forty people, primarily 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 one-off art installations. We leverage our diverse expertise to the successful delivery of the contemporary building envelope, and fully support our clients’ values and aspirations to achieve each project’s design vision.

Our clients appreciate that Front 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.

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
Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center (SNFCC) - Athens, GreeceArchitects: Renzo Piano Building Workshop / Betaplan Photo: SNF Yiorgis Yerolymbos