Christopher Fromboluti

Rendering, US Embassy Nouakchott. Full caption below.

Christopher Fromboluti, BA67/MArch70

Over the course of his 45-year career as an architect, including 20 years as a principal at HOK and AECOM, Christopher Fromboluti has designed, produced, and managed billions of dollars in projects across a variety of sectors, including government, commercial, health care, residential, mixed use, and historic preservation.

Fromboluti’s most recognized work was the reconstruction of the Pentagon after 9/11, for which he served as the lead architect. He and other architects involved in post-9/11 design and rebuilding efforts were honored by the AIA with a special medallion for their contributions to national healing at the 2012 AIA National Convention. Fromboluti also managed the design and production of eight new United States Embassy compounds for the US Department of State, and is known for his many other site and building projects around the world.

Fromboluti believes in a traditional approach to architecture and is intimately involved with all aspects of his projects, from inception to construction to completion. This holistic method has been integral to his success, as he can visualize the complete design, management, and construction process. This allows him to communicate with clients, architectural staff, consultants, and contractors to solve complex projects with design and technical excellence.

Raised in New York City, Fromboluti earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in 1967 and his Master of Architecture degree in 1970, both from Washington University. From there, he moved to Chicago, where he worked with architect John Vinci at a firm that designed in the Mies van der Rohe style. After backpacking solo around the world for one year, he moved to Washington, DC, in 1976 and began working with large architecture firms, first as a designer at Perkins+Will, then as a designer and project manager at HOK, and finally as a studio director with AECOM.

Fromboluti retired last May and now gives back to the community through pro bono work. He joined the board of Glen Echo Park to oversee long-range planning for the organization, and is an elected DC Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner representing 2,000 constituents. He also serves as a member of the Sam Fox School’s National Council.

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This rendering of the US Embassy Nouakchott shows an aerial view of the embassy at the end of the design phase. This project is now nearing construction completion and is typical of the embassy projects Fromboluti was in charge of.