Who We Are
Forward Work is a design practice that focuses on creating projects in the built realm that aspire to define the human experience. We employ alternative strategies through the use of various materials and technologies that explore a range of scales from the tactility of the physical realm to the virtues of space. Our work is made by many hands unified toward a common purpose: to engage work that is of use, endures, and is loved. Our mission is constantly evolving, but founded upon a deep commitment to be of service and to assist others in realizing their goals. The direction of the studio begins with the fundamentals, an ability to solve problems through making, and the desire to develop an identity that transcends style. It is an ever optimistic approach that strives to provide solutions and offers opportunity for invention. We specialize on the exterior to make a better interior experience working from inside out.
What We Do
Forward Work offers a host of design services including roofing and waterproofing
consulting through all phases of design and construction- old and new. Lessons learned from earlier buildings become the knowledge applied to building the future. We can assist with the development of comprehensive research and design strategies from inception through punch-list inspection for owners, architects, and contractors.
Other services we provide are:
- Three dimensional detail visualization & development
- Laboratory and field test observation
- Field quality control, field observation reports, punch-lists for all forms of
roofing and waterproofing provisions
- Building forensics and leak investigations
- Existing roofing & waterproofing details evaluation and investigation
- Evaluate existing roofing, waterproofing membrane
- Remedial procedures for existing conditions
- Report documentation
Carlyle Fraser received his Master of Science in Advanced Architectural Design from Columbia University and a Bachelor’s of Architecture from the Pratt Institute School of Architecture. While attending Pratt he received the David C. Singler Award, the World Studio Foundation Award, and an American Institute of Architecture Scholarship.
Before founding the studio, Carlyle Fraser worked in the New York offices of Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects and Polshek Partnership Architects in design and management capacities. His design and detailing experience was wide-ranging on projects including the David Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center and most notably the design of the American Institute of Architecture Honor Award winning Barnes Foundation in Philadelphia, PA. Working with Tod Williams & Billie Tsien provided him with a heightened sensibility in the use of materials and how to put things together thoughtfully while at Polshek Partnership Architects he was exposed to the methodology of practice- two experiences integral to the ethos of his work. At PPA Carlyle’s technical detailing experience was developed and implemented extensively on the numerously awarded New York City Fire Department: Rescue Company 3 and the New York Hall of Science Great Hall Exterior Facade Restoration.
Carlyle has served as an architectural critic at several institutions including Parsons School of Design, New Jersey Institute of Technology, City College of New York, Renselear Polytechnic Institute, The Cooper Union, University of Pennsylvania, and Columbia University. Currently he teaches a core design studio and seminars in the undergraduate department at Pratt Institute as an adjunct professor. Carlyle has taught a number of courses ranging from design studios in the undergraduate core to the Rome program, representation, construction documents, professional practice, and a seminar on urban studies abroad.