FAR frohn&rojas is a networked architectural design and research practice located in Berlin, Santiago de Chile and Los Angeles. Through its name the office acknowledges both its geographically distributed anatomy as well as the increasingly widened professional scope that is literally shaping its work. With its distributed setup the office seeks to appropriate corporate models of global presence and distribution as its own effective means of production. Yet not a production based on the bottom line, where rapidly outputting projects and cutting costs are the only concerns, but rather by taking these models as a means of establishing a more diversified type of architectural production in which both the inherent contradictions between geographies, as well as the stretching of disciplinary boundaries will let formerly undeterminable links thrive.
The office's self-reflection upon and awareness of the shaping force of its own anatomy hints at one of the crucial interests being addressed in its work, too, which it refers to as the underlying “deep structures” at play in each new project: the legal and financial constraints, desires, power structures and technological, ecological, material and institutional frameworks that shape the built environment. FAR lets each “building site” become a test bed for the inherent formal pressures of these invisible yet highly present structures, opening the way for invention and play. What happens, for example, when “highly-bred” German building products meet the Chilean labor force; When a Chinese car maker without serious corporate identity wants to present itself along the Pan American highway in South America; When clients love the international style open floor plan and yet at the same time are conditioned to involve their house maids in a hide-and-seek game in front of their guests; When a government discovers education as an internationally tradable product or a lawyer becomes part of the design team as he is the only one to bring along the necessary precision to handle and give form to the legal envelope in a radically beaurocratized building zone? Pressures such as these and more are the primary impetuses that stimulate our design process. FAR is seeking to proactively position its work at this complex crossroads and, alongside design commissions, considers both research projects and the development of building products appropriate strategies to do so. To support this approach, the separate locations work as hubs linking the office to a variety of local specialists both from within architecture as well as other disciplines, trades, companies, cultural institutions and educational/research facilities. This setup guarantees the office FAR MORE input and productive means in the processes shaping our environment. read less


Prof. M.Arch Marc Frohn Architekt AK Berlin
concept development & design director

Marc Frohn is co-founder of FAR frohn&rojas. He studied architecture at RWTH Aachen University, Universitá Federico II in Naples, Italy, University of Houston, USA and Rice University, Houston, USA. He pursued his graduate studies in the US as a Fulbright scholar. Marc worked at OMA and collaborated on projects with b&k+ brandlhuber. He taught architectural design at RWTH Aachen University, SCI-Arc in Los Angeles and the Royal College of Art in London. He heads the chair for architectural space and design at KIT Karlsruher Institut für Technologie. read less


Dipl.-Ing. Mario Rojas Toledo
project development & technical director
Mario Rojas Toledo is co-founder of FAR frohn&rojas. He studied architecture at RWTH Aachen University. Mario worked for Oscar Niemeyer in Rio de Janeiro and gmp Architekten in Germany. During his time in Mexico City he collaborated with bgp arquitectura on a series of projects. He teaches at Universidad Nacional Andrés Bello in Santiago de Chile. read less

Partner LA

M.Arch Wendy Gilmartin Architect, AIA LEED AP
Wendy Gilmartin is the Los Angeles partner of FAR frohn&rojas. She is a California registered architect (CAB 35047) and studied architecture at Rice University in Houston. Wendy has over 10 years building experience in L.A. Her writing has been published in the Los Angeles Times, LAWeekly, KCET's ARTBOUND, The Architect's Newspaper and in the book LAtitudes: An Angeleno’s Atlas. She teaches at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona. read less


Max Koch, Maria Martinez Ureta, Jean Araya, Carolina Hito, Natalia Becerra, Hans-Peter Cordt, Stefan Kremer, George Sacks, Elena Francesca Ambacher, Stefan Glueder, Daniel Grenz
Past members of the FAR team:
Carlos Aguayo, Elizabeth Aracena, Beatriy Bascuñan, Maxim Bauer, Peter Behrbohm, Loic de Béthune, Julian Cardenas, Adriana Chavez, Guillame Choplain, Isabel Chua, Oliver Claussen, Sebastian Contreras, Jorge Contreras, Ashley Couch, Annabel Cremer, Pia Custodis, Jose Diaz, Nazareth Ekmekiijan, Suat Eriz, Diego Espinoza, Christoph Feinweber, Daniel Felgendreher, Nikola Freissmuth, Laura Fuchs, Svenja Geske, David Gonzales, Maribel Gonzales, Nike Grote, Pablo Guzman, Mynkyung Han, Marius Helten, Thomas Hillisch, Vivian Ho, Francisca Iglesias, Ruta Jakstaite, Tamara Z Jamil, Pilar Jordan, Lydia Karagiannaki, Yuka Kata, Philip Kentgens, Charlotte Klein, Angela Koch, Andrés Labarca , Katharina Laekamp, Luan Lee, Paloma Levy, Rasmus List Thomsen, Tim Maassen, Fabio Magnago, Inbar Maital, Eduardo Maldonado, Katrina Malinski, Paula Márquez, Diana Menino Ferreira, Lukas Mersch, Marie Michaelis, Isabel Miño, Marco Mondello, Benjamin Moore, Lennard Ong, Mario Orellana, Tim Panzer, Juan Ramón Pastor Planas, Massimo Sean Pepe, Reina Pisano, Sebastian Potz, Tristan Prange, Friedrich Prigge, Gracia Vera Quek, Lena, Rautenbach, Brett Riegler, Orpa Rodnizki, Felipe Rojas, Danielle Rosman, Niels Rosteck, Dulce Sanchez, Frieder Scheuermann, Andrea Schmeing, Hannah Schröder, Christoph Schwarz, Philipp Seich , Alex Seick, Jana Schall, Axel de Stampa, Ulrike Stier, Marina Stoynova , Katrin Tacke, Katarina Tallafuss, Amy Thoner, Martina Tolotti, Dina Tranze-Drabinia, Christian Uhl, Lilli Unger , Jana Vichorcova, Steven Vidovic, David Wischniewski, Fabian Wolf, Carlos Graf v. Ysenburg , Isabel Zapata read less


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Iakov Chernikhov international prize „Challenge of the time“, Russia, nominated

DAM award for architecture, Germany, nominated

Architectural League Prize for Young Architects and Designers, USA, prizewinner

DETAIL prize ArchitectureXport, Germany, prizewinner

DAM Award for architecture, Germany, nominated

Häuser Award, Germany, commended

AR Award for emerging architecture, UK, prizewinner

„Förderpreis für junge Künstler des Landes NRW“, Germany, prizewinner

Reiners-Stiftung, Architectrure Award, Germany, Commended

BC Award, Best International Works, Italy, commended


White Mountain, Berlin, Germany / Santiago de Chile

Bienal de Chile, Santiago, Chile

Shenzen & Hong Kong Biennial of Urbanism and Architecture; Chilean Pavilion

REALSTADT. Wünsche als Wirklichkeit, Kraftwerk Mitte, Berlin, Germany

Westarch, Ludwig Forum für Internationale Kunst, Aachen, Germany

Roots Exhibition, Heerlen, The Netherlands

Architectural League Prize Exhibition, Arnold and Sheila Aronson Galleries, Sheila C. Johnson, Design Center, Parsons The New School For Design, New York, USA

Contemplating the Void, Guggenheim Museum, New York, USA
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WELCOME HOMETTA: Boston, MA / Houston, TX / San Francisco, CA, USA

A Voyage in diverse scales, Platoon Kunsthalle, Seoul, South Korea

12+83 Casas de Chile, Museu de Casa Brasileira, Sao Paulo, Brazil

DAM, Deutsches Architektur Museum Frankfurt, Germany

Venice Biennial; Chilean Pavilion

EUTOPIA, Chile, architecture and development, Museu de Casa Brasileira, Sao Paulo, Brazil

DAZ, Emerging Architecture, Berlin, Germany

Ermerging Architecture, 2007, Cologne, Germany

Emerging Architecture, 2007, Seoul, South Korea

BAK&ifa, “Auslandsbeziehungen, Junge Architekten aus Deutschland” - international travelling exhibition

RIBA, London, UK

Convertible City, KAP Forum, Cologne, Germany

Venice Biennial; German Pavillion read less