Marc Simmons - Principal
Marc Simmons, Principal, currently holds the 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 for seven years. With more than 20 years of experience, his 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, Principal, 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, Principal, brings over 25 years of diverse architectural experience to the Front team. He 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 professional architectural and façade design experience ranges from international airport and transportation projects to cultural and educational institutions. In addition to practice, he also lectured at Princeton University School of Architecture.
Martin Riese - Principal
Martin Riese, Principal, received his Bachelor of Architecture degree from the University of Toronto and is a licensed architect in Canada and New York state. He has 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, PE (WA, TX) 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 with extensive experience with façade system design work. 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 Bachelor Degree in Architecture from the University of Waterloo, Canada. Prior to Front, she worked at Rafael Vinoly Architects in New York. In addition to her role as a technical consultant, she is the managing principal responsible for business operations and professional development at the firm. Her project management skills and technical expertise are built upon work with government, institutional, educational, and corporate clients on large-scale architectural projects.