Bruce Nichol is a founding principal at Front.  He holds a graduate diploma in Architecture and is a licensed architect in the UK.  Prior to Front, he worked with Foster + Partners and Renzo Piano Building Workshop. He has also taught at Princeton University’s School of Architecture.

Marc Simmons is a founding principal at Front.  He is a licensed architect in New York State, and was the Associate Professor of Practice at MIT School of Architecture and held the Ventulett Chair of Architectural Design at the Georgia Institute of Technology (Atlanta).  His specialist facade knowledge is built upon previous work at Foster + Partners, Meinhardt Facade Technology, and Dewhurst Macfarlane & Partners.

Michael Na Min Ra is a founding principal at Front, and graduated with High Honors distinction in Architecture from the Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago.  He worked as senior facade consultant at Dewhurst Macfarlane & Partners’ structural glass & facade consulting group in New York prior to Front.

Elaine Yau is a licensed architect in New York and 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 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.

Jeff Kock 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 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.

The Tianjin Julliard School - Tianjin, China
Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center (SNFCC) -  Athens, Greece
Ronald O. Perelman Performing Arts Center - New York, NY, USA
The Lindemann Performing Arts Center at Brown University - Providence, RI, USA
Dee and Charles Wyly Theatre, AT&T Performing Arts Center - Dalas, TX
King Abdullah University of Science and Technology - Thuwal, Saudi Arabia
660 Fifth Avenue - New York, NY, USA
CCTV China Central Television Headquarters - Beijing, China
Shenzen Energy Headquarters - Shenzen, China
Google Bayview Campus - Mountain view, CA, USA
Amazon Spheres - Seattle, WA, USA
2050 M Street - Washington, DC, USA
Yas Island Marina Hotel - Abu Dhabi, UAE
Glass Pavilion Toledo Museum of Art - Toledo, OH, USA
HL 23 - New York, NY, USA
Linked Hybrid Housing - Beijing, China
Seattle Central Library - Seattle, WA, USA
West Block Rehabilitation, Parliament Hill - Ottowa, ON, Canada
Grace Farms River Building - New Canaan, CT, USA
Space Needle Renovation - Seattle, WA USA
Pérez Art Museum - Miami, FL, USA
Kimbell Art Museum Expansion - Fort Worth, TX, USA
The Morgan Library and Museum - New York, NY, USA
The Tianjin Julliard School - Tianjin, ChinaArchitects: Diller Scofidio + Renfro Photo: Chao Zhang