15th Nov 2018, Marriott Marquis, New York

About the Event


Zak World of Façades is an International conference series on the subject of façade design & engineering. The conference now takes place in Asia (Singapore, India, Sri Lanka, Indonesia, Thailand, Malaysia, Philippines and Hong Kong), Middle East (United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and Kuwait), Africa (Kenya, Morocco and South Africa), Europe (United Kingdom and France) and Australasia (Australia and New Zealand) and the United States of America.

Now in it’s 52nd edition globally and the 1st edition in New York, the conference will discuss the latest innovations and challenges in the construction industry pertaining to the building envelope and will showcase the latest technological solutions.

Speakers and Panelists

Conference Agenda

52nd Edition - Zak World of Façades North America, 15th Nov 2018, Marriott Marquis, New York

Session - 1(09.30 - 10.35)

07.30 - 08.30

Delegate Registration

Event Convenor

08.30 - 08.35

Welcome Address


08.35 - 09.05

“Flagship” Façades: Engines of Innovation

  • Translating identity into unique façade concepts
  • Innovation in materials and fabrication techniques
  • Accelerated research and development during design
Daniel Vos, Principal, Heintges

09.05 - 09.30

The Passive House Experience

  • Comparison of recent design approaches to passive house façade design, including panelized systems, curtain wall and masonry walls
  • Achieving passive house performance using “off the shelf” façade technologies
  • Impact on overall energy reduction through the implementation of passive house principles on a local and city-wide scale
Blake Middleton, Partner, Handel Architects

09.30 - 09.50

You’re Not Stuck in a Box - Curving Glass Façades

  • Creating new non-square facades by having more freedom with curving flat glass
  • Examining the unique shapes of the Sandcrawler in Singapore and the Denver Art Museum Expansion, as well as others, which are achieved with bent low-e glass
  • Bendable low-e coatings and ultra-clear glass to achieve out-of-the-box designs while meeting energy requirements for projects around the globe
Annissa Flickinger, International Architectural Manager, Vitro Architectural Glass

09.50 - 10.10

High Performance Façades For Large Buildings

  • How façade performance still matters on large, internally load driven urban buildings
  • How façades can play an integral part in urban ecologies and occupant well being
  • How resilience planning will change the way we think about façades
Nico Kienzl, Director, Atelier Ten

10.10 - 10.17

PechaKucha 20x20: Innovating at the Edge of Slab

Scott Rutledge, Anchor Business Unit Manager, Hilti

10.17 - 10.45


Session - 2(11.00 - 13.00)

10.45 - 11.10

Bridging façade technology for historical buildings in London

  • The new retractable roof at the existing No.1 court at Wimbledon
  • The ‘Magic’ glass-to-glass corner at 20 Grosvenor Square
  • Zero carbon technology for the Lambeth Palace Library
Sergio De Gaetano, Senior Principal & Director of Façade Engineering, Thornton Tomasetti

11.10 - 11.35

Translantic Façade Games: Europe vs. America in the Curtainwall World Cup

  • Team status (explanation of both systems)
  • The winners and losers (pros and cons of each)
  • Reviewing the game tapes (examples, case studies)
Gerd Hoenicke, Director Pre-Construction Services, Schueco International

11.35 - 12.05

Hot to Cold

  • Exploring forces that shape our cities and buildings and their envelopes with case studies of projects through the scorching heat of the Arabian Desert to the unforgiving chill of the Finnish tundra
  • Exploring how design solutions are shaped by their cultural and climatic contexts to unlock the immense possibilities of adaptive architecture
  • Mitigating the climatic extremes for hospitable human life, while finding solutions that can be both economically and environmentally profitable
Kai-Uwe Bergmann, Partner, BIG Group

12.05 - 12.50

PANEL DISCUSSION: Innovations in Façade Construction for Modern Architecture

  • Digital Influence on façade construction: How is the horizon changing?
  • State-of-the-art trends in contemporary façade designs & aesthetics for North American projects
  • Culminating complexity of design with safety and sustainability features of the façade
  • Latest materials on the block being used for contemporary façade designs


Peter Arbour, Associate, Vidaris


Sean O’Brien, Senior Principal, Simpson Gumpertz & Heger Robert Goodwin, Principal & Design Director, Perkins+Will Andrew Wilson, Commercial Manager – Kooltherm & OPTIM-R, Kingspan Geoffery Lynch, Director of Architecture - New York Metro, AECOM Craig Copeland, Associate Partner, Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects Steven Danielpour, Principal & Director of Specifications, HOK

12.50 - 13.40

Networking Lunch Break

Session - 3(13.50 - 15.40)

Session Chair

Ron Hull, Marketing Manager - EMEA & America, Kuraray

13.40 - 14.00

Building the Iconic Air Force Academy Skylight

  • Designing a timeless and memorable facility in the context of a national landmark
  • Optimizing and documenting a structurally integrated skylight
  • Utilizing an interdisciplinary project delivery method with a high degree of collaboration between engineers, architects, material fabricators, and educators
  • Rationalizing and optimizing of the skylight to ensuring easily constructability with efficient use of materials
Christoph Timm, Associate Director, SOM

14.00 - 14.20

Meshing the Envelope – How to Deliver Complex Geometries Efficiently

  • Documenting freeform skins
  • Design to fabrication
  • What the future holds
Silvia Prandelli, Enclosure Technical Director, Walter P Moore

14.00 - 14.20

Benefits of powder and liquid coatings in façade design

  • Performance standards and specification of powder and liquid coatings
  • Benefits of powder and liquid coatings
  • Recent innovations & track record in powder and liquid coatings
Gabriel Morales-Sada, Architectural Market Segment Manager Americas - Powder Coatings, Akzonobel Ben Mitchell, Manager - Architectural Aluminum Coatings, Akzonobel

14.40 - 15.00

Dekton: A Façade Cladding Solution

  • What is Dekton?
  • What can I do with it?
  • Dekton in North America
Valentín Tijeras García, VP - Global Product & R&D, Cosentino Group Amanda Kingsbury, Façades Manager - North America, Cosentino Group

15.00 - 15.20

Observation Decks: Safety with Laminated Glass

  • Structural design benefits with ionoplast interlayers
  • Transparent guards and walking surfaces
  • Iconic projects with spectacular views
Valerie Block, Architectural Marketing Consultant, Trosifol® World of Interlayers

15.20 - 15.50

PANEL DISCUSSION: Innovations in Glass: Enhancing architectural façade design flexibility

  • Multi layered envelopes: Novel approaches with multi layered glazed façade execution
  • Refurbishing with structural glass: Taking aesthetics and value addition together
  • Glazing with large glass panes: Strategies to steer clear with challenges of their application
  • Curved laminated glass: Structural behaviour and performance of cold bending


Christoph Timm, Associate Director, Skidmore Owings & Merrill, New York


Christopher Johnson, Vice President - Building Envelope, Entuitive Matthew Ferraro, Technical Director, Weiss/Manfredi Manan Raval, Associate Principal, BuroHappold Engineering John Cetra, Founding Principal, CetraRuddy Architecture

Session - 4(16.00 - 17.45)

13.40 - 14.00

Active Façades for the Uber HQ

  • Creating a unique architectural expression through innovative programming and environmental responsiveness combined with high minimalism
  • The Commons as a conceptual pivot: A semi-conditioned spatial network of circulation and gathering spaces
  • The Commons as a carefully tempered comfort zone: Natural ventilation, light and shade controlled through a highly transparent glass wall with large operable panels which automatically react to exterior and interior temperatures, wind speeds, weather, etc.
Sameer Kumar, Director - Enclosure Design, SHoP Architects

14.00 - 14.20

Façade Design and Construction in the Digital Age

  • How contracts and traditional role models influence the digital workflow
  • How digital design tools changed architecture in the last decades and how the façade industry reacts on the new challenges
  • Approaches of non-interrupted process chains from design to construction
Roman Schieber, Associate Director, Knippers Helbig

14.20 - 14.40

Performance and Aesthetics: Superior-Performance Coating Options for Building Façades

  • Understanding high-performance coating options and application methods for building façades
  • How PVDF coatings have enhanced monumental projects across the globe
  • Exploring endless color and aesthetic options available for metal building products
Michael Bourdeau, President - Global Coil & Extrusion, Sherwin-Williams Coil Coatings (formerly Valspar)

14.40 - 15.00

Air Barrier Systems: Silicone Solutions to Reduce Building Air Infiltration

  • Defining types of air barriers and the different solutions currently on the market for sealing penetrations and transitions to create a complete air barrier system
  • Overview of the basic requirements air barriers must meet
  • Identifying the key areas within a wall system where detailing is important to overall system success
Phil Imbesi, Northeast Region Technical Service & Development - High Performance Building, Dow Performance Silicones

15.00 - 15.20

Parameters of a Healthy Building Concept

  • Basic ventilation
  • Sun protection
  • Night cooling
Julien Brugmans, Regional Manager - Eastern US, Renson

15.20 - 15.50

PANEL DISCUSSION: Breathing façades: Exploring the challenges that natural ventilation creates for façade design

  • More and more building owners are recognizing the value of natural ventilation in commercial buildings for both improved occupant health and productivity and energy savings. However, neither of these benefits will be realized if ventilation openings aren’t careful addressed. This panel will explore some of the key challenges that the increasing demand for natural ventilation imposes on façade design.


Erik Olsen, Managing Partner, Transsolar KlimaEngineering


Tali Mejicovsky, Associate - Façade Engineering and Building Physics, Arup Kathleen Kulpa, Associate Partner, Ennead Architects Lois Arena, Director - Passive House Services, Steven Winter Associates

15.50 - 16.15

Networking Tea/Coffee Break

Session - 5(18.00 - 19.45)

16.10 - 16.30

Façade, Glass & Digital Disruption - Is the Storm Passing by?

  • Current status on design and execution process: Split responsibility
  • How digitalization can change the façade industry: Why this is really the game changer
  • Case studies on not reflecting free energy, robots and 3D printing: Realizing innovation in time and budget by continuous support
Lars Anders, Managing Director, Priedemann Façade Experts

16.30 - 16.50

Transparent Buildings with Coated Glass

  • Challenges and possibilities
  • Coatings as part of the solution
  • Coatings on demand? Vision or reality
Michael Elstner, Head of Technical Advisory Service & Strategic Communication, AGC Interpane

16.50 - 17.15

Engineering Clarity

  • Advances and innovations in glass and façade engineering
  • Case studies throughout the US and beyond
  • Material and envelope technologies influencing façade designs of the future
James O'Callaghan, Senior Director, Eckersley O'Callaghan

17.15 - 18.00

PANEL DISCUSSION: Understanding Façade Process Management - FPM

  • Façade deliveries, understanding and mitigating risk
  • The need for FPM
  • Implementation - Players involved and their roles
  • Possible pitfalls and their avoidance
  • Effect on the bottom line


Mic Patterson, Director of Strategic Development, Schüco USA


Charles Blomberg, Partner, Rafael Viñoly Architects Nicholas Leahy, Principal, Perkins Eastman Tony Tarazi, Vice President - Design, The Durst Organization Gordon H Smith, President, Gordon H Smith Corporation Franz Prinsloo, Associate Principal, Kohn Pedersen Fox

18.00 - 18.05

Vote of Thanks

18.05 - 19.10

Networking Reception (by invite only)

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