front office partners and office admin:
Will Galloway      Koen Klinkers     Keiko Motegi    Erez Golani Solomon    Christian Dimmer


Thanks to all of the staff and interns who have worked with us over the years!
Misuzu Yoshikawa   Mitsuaki Eizumi   Joris Berkhout   Daniel Yu   Mieko Watanabe   Christopher Sjoberg   Alba Solis   Yuka Takeuchi  
Max Kim   Okazaki   Austin Tragni   Paul Mak   David Montero   Victor Kekesi   Fu ShanShan   Aleksander Jankowski   Wang Xinpeng   Marie Fressancourt   Matilde Vieira   Victor Kekesi   Michael Dedwylder   Leonor Afonso   Ana Ilicj   Daniel Lauand   Felicity Barbur   Marion Pontet   Laura Dianu   Jessica Leung   Nicolai Becker   Yumi Goto   Takeshi Sato   Mai Fujiki   Olesia Biloborodko   Mo Sriskulpinyo   Evan Taylor   Aris Kafantaris   Ada Perreiti   Sanne van der Ploeg   Mai Yanagida   Quentin Giraud   Maxime Agred   Charley Sanchez   Andrea Belosi   Ingunn Opsahl   Ian Cheung   Kevin Lin   Yusuke Nakagawa   Nicholas Reddon   Matthieu Boustany   Tamar Cohen   Yoko Cialoni   Miau Zhou   Amélie Daniel-Thomsen   Namita Singh   Valerie Vyvial   Hanae Sohma   Winifred Brent   Mongkoloudom Chhiv  

frontoffice is based in Tokyo and Toronto, and is currently involved with projects in Japan, Europe, and North America. The office grew from the shared interests of 4 PhD students studying architecture and urban planning at the University of Tokyo. With backgrounds in real estate, urban planning and architecture, the group began their professional careers in Japan at offices including Fumihiko Maki and Isozaki Arata before coming together to start frontoffice. Our approach to design is unsurprisingly founded on research on the city and takes many of its lessons from a deep study of Tokyo itself. Recognizing the most significant challenge of our time is to manage massive change we are focused on developing new ways to live in the city. The architecture and urban plans that emerge from that effort do not conform to a particular style. Creating pragmatic and comfortable places we are interested in architecture that takes advantage of, and builds on the attributes of its location, whether it is urban or in the countryside.

After 20 years working as foreigners in Tokyo we have learned a lot about the pitfalls and particular difficulties of working in Japan. We are happy to share what we have learned and offer our services as advisors in real estate investment, construction management, property management, sustainable development, and research.