Forward is an architectural practice established in 2011 by Michael Pace and Christopher Micallef. The practice has gained reputation for excellence in designing contemporary projects and has grown into a steady team of architects, interior designers and structural engineers. Its portfolio includes cultural, residential, commercial, hospitality and office design.
All projects are informed by a sensitive approach to context and place, the experiential dialogue with materials and a concern for the environmental, social and economic aspects of sustainability. The practice is committed to a collaborative approach that aspires to create an architecture that is contemporary and rooted in its context, at all scales.
The practice has built a wealth of experience in palazzo conversions in Valletta and in the construction and finishing of villas and private residential units. Recent projects also include a museum fit out for the Military Heritage Experience in Fort St Elmo and several workspaces such as the Casumo Headquarters and Betsson offices.
In line with the firm’s diversification, Christopher and Michael teamed up with other firms to create two sister studios in 2016. Nidum is an architectural platform, formed in partnership with architects Alberto Miceli Farrugia and Joanna Spiteri Staines that focuses on heritage projects in the public domain. It is currently engaged in the design of the Gozo Museum in Victoria Gozo, the rehabilitation of Fort Tigné in Sliema and the Garden of Rest in Floriana.
Forward Structures is a structural engineering firm that was formed in partnership with Karl Farrugia to provide structural engineering solutions directly to clients as well as to other architects. Forward Structures specialises in medium to large scale structural projects ranging from new build blocks and conversions to aircraft hangars and factories.
Forward’s fundamental work ethic remains quality through refined design, achieved through a dedicated team that is motivated, organised and committed to delivering the best possible result.