TOW FRANCIS ARCHITECTURE + URBAN DESIGN and TOW FRANCIS PTE LTD together offer a wide range of design consultancy services: architecture, interior design, space planning, furniture design and illustration. Our completed project types include residential, office, showroom, retail, restaurant, hotel, healthcare, research/ development and conservation. Our portfolio also features civic and institutional projects. While the majority of our work has been realized in Singapore, the firm has also completed projects in Malaysia, Thailand, Sri Lanka, Brunei, Vietnam, Cambodia and Indonesia, as well as designs for projects in the United States, China and the Maldives.
Depending on a client's needs, we provide one or more of the following: concept, design, tender documents, contract administration and coordination. We tailor each project's services to meet individual clients and their budgets. We have an ongoing commitment to creative solutions of lasting quality.
TOW FRANCIS was founded in 1992. Prior to setting up the firm, Thomas Tow and Melanie Francis worked on the retail and convention centre interior components of Suntec City while engaged at Tsao & McKown Pte Ltd. Their backgrounds include extensive work overseas in the UK and USA on a variety of architectural and interior project types. TOW FRANCIS has been featured in the Business Times, Singapore Architect, Interiors Quarterly, d+a, Trends, Home and Decor, Space, Home & Design, Zenith, Female, Living magazines, The Straits Times, Singapore Interior Designers' Showcase and the Interior Design Confederation Annual.
Melanie Francis, an American, has been in full-time practice since 1980, after graduating with a Bachelor of Environmental Design in 1978 and a Master of Architecture in 1980. Currently heading the firm, she worked for ten years in Boston, prior to relocating to Singapore in 1990, on projects such as the Asian Export Art Wing of the Peabody Museum of Salem and the Hynes Convention Centre while at Kallmann, McKinnell & Wood, Architects. She also designed and managed corporate projects for clients such as IBM, United States Trust Company and Bank of Boston. With a lifelong interest in art, Ms. Francis taught drawing for a number of years to architecture and design students in the Boston area. Her work has been exhibited in Boston and Saint Louis and has appeared in Progressive Architecture, Architectural Record and Designer Specifier in the USA, Trends in New Zealand and the Business Times, The Straits Times, Interiors Quarterly, Home & Design, Trends, Living , Space and August Man magazines in Singapore. In 2004, she received a Merit Award in the IDCS/ Nippon "Colour My World" Design Excellence Awards competition for ACTS Lifestyle at China Square Central. Ms. Francis is a registered architect in the United States and Singapore.
Thomas Tow trained in architecture and urban design at Oxford School of Architecture and began his professional career in London where he helped design the interiors of the House of Commons and worked for Fitch & Company on a variety of commercial projects. Prior to returning to Singapore in 1989, he worked in New York City for Frank Williams and Associates and I.M. Pei and Partners. Tow has developed and exhibited urban design proposals for Times Square in New York City, the London Wall area of London and the town of Treviso, Italy. He is a qualified architect in Singapore, as well as the United States and Great Britain. Since 2008,Tow has been away from the firm on a full-time lecturing sabbatical, where he finds satisfaction nurturing the next generation of designers.