Since joining KPF in 2005, Forth has led the design and management of a variety of commercial projects, including hotel, retail, residential and mixed-use projects in the United States, England, China, Thailand, and India. He has focused on issues of density, the intersection of public and private space, and the intricate programmatic relationships of some of the most complex projects in the contemporary city.
In Beijing, Forth is leading the design of an 85,000-square-meter retail and hotel project in the heart of the city’s Wangfujing District, not far from the Forbidden City. The project attempts to reshape Wangfujing as Beijing’s premier luxury retail and lifestyle district. Five floors of retail are capped by restaurants and a small Mandarin Oriental Hotel with roof gardens and event courtyards overlooking historic Beijing. In addition to the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Beijing, Forth has also completed designs for many other hotels: the Mandarin Oriental, Macau; Four Seasons, Chengdu; Rosewood, Bangkok; Grand Hyatt, Nanjing and New World Hotel, Chengdu.
Forth has led the design and management of many of the firm’s tall towers, including one of China’s largest mixed-use projects – the iconic Guangzhou CTF Finance Centre. The 530-meter-tall building houses a hotel, serviced apartments and offices as well as a large retail podium with terracing roof gardens and connections to mass transit. When completed in 2017, the complex will be the anchor of Guangzhou’s emerging CBD and the tallest, most programmatically integrated skyscraper in the city.
Forth has also designed some of the world’s most high-density retail environments. He is currently leading the execution of the interior design of Hudson Yards’ retail environments, a six floor mall part of a large mixed-use complex at the north end of the Highline, in New York City. He has led the interior design of many of the recent retail renovations of The Landmark, in Central Hong Kong, and he is leading the design of Chengdu Union Sun Plaza, an eight-level luxury retail center in central Chengdu, China.
Forth’s stand-alone residential projects blend the interface between interior and exterior space, and further his exploration of the relationship between context and the melding of private and public space. He is currently leading the design of a distinctive residential tower in Hong Kong’s expanding Soho district. The tower features column-free corners and cantilevered balconies at the building’s edges, which have the effect of maximizing interior space as well as views to the exterior.
Forth co-edited Perspecta 38 through the Yale School of Architecture, where he is a frequent guest critic and where he taught as the Eero Saarinen Visiting Professor in the spring semester of 2011. He has lectured at Yale and Harvard, and has been a guest critic at the University of Hong Kong Department of Architecture and elsewhere. He is a licensed architect in the State of New York.