134th Edition – Zak World of Façades USA

This will be the 134th edition globally and the 5th edition in New York which will showcase sustainable innovations and challenges in the construction industry pertaining to the building envelope and will also display latest technological solutions.

Speakers and Panelists
Principal | Structual Engineer, Withworks & Wisys Technology
An industry-recognized high-rise expert he has worked 20 years on a wide range of building types throughout the US and the Far East, ranging from high-rise mixed-use, residential and commercial projects including supertall to small interior fit-outs. He is the structural engineering...
Sustainability Senior Manager, NY Metro, AECOM
Nadine Berger recently joined AECOM’s Innovation Laboratory as a Sustainability Senior Manager, where she focuses on global research development and innovation initiatives to deliver High Performance & Net Zero Carbon projects as well as developing training modules at AECOM’s Buildings...
Associate Principal, CetraRuddy
Charles Thomson, AIA, LEED AP is an Associate Principal at CetraRuddy, having joined the firm in 2013. He has led a diverse range of projects, including multifamily housing, education, and workplaces. Highlights of his portfolio include Rose Hill, a 45-story...
Façade Consultant, Heintges
Raksha Magal is a Senior Technical Consultant at Heintges. Her expertise focuses on analysis, design and inspection of high-performance facades, roofing, and waterproofing systems. Raksha is a member of the Building Enclosure Commissioning (BECx) team and contributes to the Heintges...
NYC Director, Curtain Wall Design & Consulting (CDC)
Jared Cole is a Registered Architect who directs the New York City office of Curtain Wall Design & Consulting (CDC). With experience across a diverse range of project types, Jared specializes in exterior building envelope systems, assisting architects, building owners,...
Senior Vice President, Life Science, Taconic Partners
A senior member of Taconic’s life science subsidiary, Elevate Research Properties, Matthew Malone oversees most aspects of development and leasing for all life science investments. A leader in the field, Matt has over 25 years of experience in the design,...
National Director of Operations Technology, Gilbane Building Company
Rawle Sawh leads all technology that enable Gilbane’s construction project delivery. He works with project teams to deliver scalable solutions that create efficiencies, enhance productivity, and support safety. Rawle has been with Gilbane since 2007. He was most recently Director...
Preconstruction Manager, Enclos
Owen Detlor is a Preconstruction Services Manager, overseeing Enclos’ early involvement in new and prospective work. With over 13 years in the architecture and construction industry, including 10 with Enclos, Owen brings diverse experience and a holistic perspective to the...
CEO & Chairman, Island Exterior Fabricators
As CEO of Island Exterior Fabricators, Ed Harms has grown the business into a recognized leader and disruptor within the building envelope industry. Leveraging innovative technology and artisan craftsmanship, the company partners with renowned architects and builders to realize world-class...
Senior Associate – Project Architect, Morphosis
Edmund Kwong is a Project Architect at Morphosis Architects with broad experience in the design and construction of a range of project types including academic, cultural, high-rise, and commercial buildings. Joining Morphosis in 2010, Edmund has played a leading role...
Executive Vice President, Titanium Construction
Steven Kenniff is the Executive Vice President in charge of all operations at Titanium Construction, managing estimating, and value engineering, purchasing, budgets and field operations. Steven personally oversees project teams and is intimately involved with scheduling, safety, and subcontractor coordination....
Director, Snøhetta
Nathan studied art, architecture and business in Oregon, Copenhagen, and Rome. After graduating in 1996 from the University of Oregon, he worked for two years in Portland, Oregon before moving to New York City. Nathan joined Snøhetta in 2011. As...
Preconstruction Director of Design, L+M Development Partners
Adam Watson is a Registered Architect and the Director of Design on the L+M Development Partners’ Preconstruction Team. Since joining L+M in 2012, Adam has been a part of the project team for their passive house projects, Beach Green 2...
Director of Virtual Design & Construction, MG McGrath
Ryan Rademacher currently serves as the Director of Virtual Design & Construction at MG McGrath and has over 20 years of experience in the architecture, design, and construction industry. Having worked as an architect and now overseeing preconstruction activities for...
Principal, Büro Ehring
Structural engineer and architect Holger Schulze-Ehring is a principal at New York and Los Angeles based engineering firm Büro Ehring, where he works on national and international landmark projects, with a focus on long-span, lightweight, specialty, and facade structures. His...
Director | Building Enclosure Services, Steven Winter Associates
William Zoeller has over 40 years of experience in building design and construction, building science research, energy-efficiency, building enclosure durability and moisture-management, and building materials product development. As Director of the Building Enclosure Services team at Steven Winter Associates, Bill...
Senior Associate, Beyer Blinder Belle
Henry Miller has over a decade of experience working on a wide range of projects encompassing new construction, historic preservation, and sustainable design. He is adept at all phases of a project, from programming and design through technical detailing and...
Director of the Office of Building Emissions and Energy Performance, NYC Department of Buildings
Emily Hoffman is the Director of Building Energy and Emissions Performance (OBEEP) for NYC’s Department of Buildings, overseeing the implementation for Local Law 97 and other Sustainability Laws. Prior to OBEEP, she spent the last 10 years leading NYC DOB’s...
CEO, Gutmann North America
Waleed Dhaduk is the CEO of Gutmann North America (“GNA”), an aluminum conglomerate specializing in the manufacturing and selling of high-quality aluminum products. At GNA, he is responsible for leading all business units and delivering the strategic growth plan for...
Senior Associate, Curtis + Ginsberg Architects
Van Tsao’s keen eye and collaborative spirit make an invaluable contribution to C+GA’s commitment to design excellence. He offers a unique perspective that is methodical, sensitive to context, responsive to program, and driven by a desire to create better places...
Vice President, Thornton Tomasetti
Charles Van Winckle is a Vice President in Thornton Tomasetti’s Renewal/Restoration team specializing in building forensics, technical architecture and historic preservation. His work includes local, national and international projects. Charles assists building owners, architects and government agencies on strategies to...
Architectural Technical Engagement Manager, Eastman
Julia Schimmelpenningh is the architectural technical engagement manager at Eastman, in Springfield, Massachusetts, a global specialty material and chemical company. Her work includes new product development, qualification and commercialization of laminated glazing solutions, regulatory development and industry education and association...
Key Projects Manager, Vitro Architectural Glass
Andre joined Vitro in 2012 and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree and a Master of Arts degree from Clark University in Worcester, Massachusetts. He also attended Universidad de Sevilla in Spain and is fluent in Spanish. During his Vitro...
Project Director, MBDC
Ieva Svatos leads Cradle to Cradle™ certification projects at MBDC, the original creators of the Cradle to Cradle framework and the leading assessment body for the certification program. She works with many clients in the built environment to obtain LEED-recognized...
Vice President, CANY
Timothy Wynter-Stoner has dedicated the last ten years of his career to focusing on building facades, primarily with Consulting Associates of New York (CANY). His primary focus has been on realizing the Architect’s design intent while satisfying the stringencies of...
Design Director, Associate Principal, Perkins + Will
With more than 15 years of experience as an architect and team leader, Mike McElderry has helped navigate a range of complex projects collaborating with both public and private clients such as the University of Cincinnati Carl H. Lindner College...
Associate Principal | Director of Sustainability, Magnusson Architecture and Planning
Sara A. Bayer is an Associate Principal and Director of Sustainability at Magnusson Architecture and Planning (MAP), where she manages many of the firm’s most energy efficient projects including two that have won NYSERDA Buildings of Excellence Awards. She is...
Associate Principal | Enclosure Design Specialist, SOM
Gabrielle Brainard is an Associate Principal at SOM in New York. As an enclosure specialist and a certified passive house designer, she applies fundamental building science principles to the design of comfortable, durable, and energy-efficient building envelopes. Her research on...
Director of Global Sustainability, Arconic
Sneh Kumar is the Director of Global Sustainability for Arconic Building and Construction Systems (BCS). Sneh is responsible for the development and execution of BCS strategy to deliver an increasingly sustainable product offering to customers and stakeholders. He is focused...
CEO | Partner, ACPV Architects | Antonio Citterio Patricia Viel
Patricia Viel is a French architect. Graduated in architecture from Politecnico di Milano in 1987, she started her collaboration with Antonio Citterio in 1986. In 2000, she joined “Antonio Citterio and Partners” interior design and architecture practice with architect Antonio...
Partner, Surface Design Group
Molly Forr began her career at Gehry Partners, where she spent seven years creating and realizing challenging architectural designs and building systems. As an AutoCAD Director, she oversaw drawing set production and the coordination and interface between 2D documents and...
Associate Principal, Diller Scofidio + Renfro
Miles Nelligan is an Associate Principal at Diller Scofidio + Renfro, which he joined in 2007. He has been practicing architecture for over 20 years. His recently completed projects include the Prior Performing Arts Center at the College of the...
Senior Consultant | Façade Engineering & Building Physics, Arup
Kateri Knapp is a Senior Façade Consultant at Arup with the Façade Engineering and Building Physics team in New York. She is experienced in the design and engineering of building envelope systems, with a focus on projects that require multi-discipline...
Partner, BKSK Architects
Julie Nelson has over 30 years of experience in designing projects that uncover the potential in existing conditions, that are inspired by program and place, and in making places where the natural and built environment can co-exist. A partner at...
Senior Principal, Heintges
John Pachuta, AIA, has been involved with the design and construction of innovative enclosure systems throughout North America and Asia since joining the firm in 1995. His areas of expertise include complex facade geometry, structural glass design, blast mitigation and...
Partner, COOKFOX
Darin Reynolds is a partner at COOKFOX Architects, joining the studio in 2006. He has led a diverse range of projects, from workplaces and high-end single-family homes to urban affordable and supportive housing. His past work includes multiple high-performance supportive...
Senior Project Manager, SGH
Cheryl Saldanha leads SGH’s Building Science and Passive House Practices and specializes in designing and evaluating building enclosures for new construction projects and existing building enclosure renovations. Her experience includes curtain wall, rainscreen facade, roofing, and waterproofing systems on a...
Director, KPF
Annie Savage’s portfolio includes a diverse array of projects in the United States and across Asia. A talented designer with a background in economics and finance, Annie contributes an analytical lens to the aesthetic development of all her projects, promoting...
Project Leader, Studio Gang
Architect Anika Schwarzwald is a Project Leader in Studio Gang’s New York office, where she works on cultural, educational, and civic projects. She has contributed to many projects since joining Studio Gang, including the Gilder Center for Science, Education, and...
Senior Associate Principal, KPF
With nearly 15 years of experience, Andrew Werner has considerable expertise in the design, management, and technical coordination of high-rise, mixed-use buildings across the United States. Andrew works on of some of KPF’s most complex projects in New York City,...
Director, Morris Adjmi Architects
P. Christian Bailey, AIA, LEED AP, recently joined Morris Adjmi Architects as a Director, with over 25 years of architectural experience, most recently as the Founding Principal and Director of ODA Architecture. He has a proven record of success leading...
Director of Façade Segment, Hilti
Jesus Barreda joined Hilti North America in 2014 as a Facade Structural Engineer II. Eighteen months later, he was promoted to Facade Structural Engineer III. From 2018-2019, he led the Hilti Facade Steuctural Engineering team where he also worked closely...
Principal, FacadesX
Matt Capone is a design and construction professional driven to create projects which leave lasting positive impacts for our communities and environment. As the founder of facades X Inc. in 2015, Matt has worked on many prominent and complex projects...
Regional Architectural Manager - East Coast, Guardian Glass
Alan Kinder is the Regional Architectural Manager covering the East Coast for Guardian Glass. In his current position he leads a team of Architectural Design Managers that work directly with design professionals to assist with project review and provide guidance...
Chairman of the Board, Boston Valley Terra Cotta
John Krouse, Chairman of the Board, Boston Valley Terra Cotta, Founder – Architectural Ceramic Assemblies Workshop John Krouse is the COB of Boston Valley Terra Cotta in Orchard Park, NY, as well as a Ceramic Engineer by trade. Boston Valley...
Architectural Design Manager, Guardian Glass
Danielle Tyson is the Architectural Design Manager covering the New York City area for Guardian Glass. In her current position she works directly with design professionals to assist with project review and provide guidance on glass and glazing selections for...
Façade Manager, Cosentino North America
Brendan Mercier began with Cosentino in 2015 as an architect & design sales manager, selling multiple applications, including facades. In 2017 he took on additional responsibility as the façade application specialist in the Northeast region and in 2019 became the...
Senior Director - Design and Construction, Tishman Speyer
Currently a Senior director in the Design and Construction group at Tishman Speyer, Kimberly Garcia manages the design and execution of several projects in pre-development through design and construction in Manhattan. As a licensed Architect in New York State, Ms....
Marketing Manager, Kuraray America
Alberto Alarcon is the Marketing Manager in the Advanced Interlayer Solutions Division of Kuraray; he is located in New York City and is responsible of the Northeast Coast of the US. Alberto, through the Trosifol® and Sentryglas® interlayers for laminated...
Associate Principal, Thornton Tomasetti
Silverio Patrizi joined Thornton Tomasetti in 2011 and is experienced in the structural analysis and design of different façade systems. He manages design consultation, detail development, specifications, shop drawings review and site inspections. Silverio has performed extensive research on the...
Business Manager EU Ultraperformance Solutions, Kingspan
Tobias Wild-Blatt is the Business Manager EU Ultraperformance Solutions at Kingspan Insulation Europe. He has studied Architecture and holds an eMBA degree from the Maastricht School of Management. In his current role he is supporting the Sales Team of Kingspan...
Senior Associate, Walter P Moore
Kat Chan focuses on the development of façade design from an integrated approach. After graduating from Columbia University with a degree in structures and discovering the multifaceted discipline of façade engineering, she has taken her passion for the built environment...
Principal & Managing Director, Walter P Moore
Erik Verboon is the Co-Founder and Managing Director of the Walter P Moore New York office. Trained in both architecture and engineering, Erik brings a deep global experience with a focus on the design of complex and high performance building...
Senior Design Manager, Tech Company in Cupertino
Adrian works at the Design and Innovation team of a known technology company in Cupertino, CA, where he oversees the design and innovation of their recognized storefronts worldwide. He also develops new materials and systems, with a stronger focus on...
Specification Leader US, Axalta
Ben Mitchell, is Segment Manager for Architectural powder and liquid coatings at Axalta Coating Systems, a global paints and coatings company. He has a bachelor’s degree in comprehensive science as well as an MBA from Urbana University in Ohio. Ben...
Principal, Handel Architects
Deborah Moelis AIA is a Principal and a founding member of Handel Architects. She has lectured extensively on the principles of Passive House design, including presentations at North American Passive House Network, AIANY, Greenbuild DC, nZeb in Wexford, Ireland and...
Principal | Façade Consultant, Buro Happold
John Ivanoff joined Buro Happold in 2013 and is responsible for the direction of the United States Façades team at Buro Happold. He is currently based out of the Buro Happold New York office., with deep global experience in design...
Lead Technical Manager – Architecture, Outokumpu
Joern Teipel studied Physics in Bonn, Germany, and at The Ohio State University in Columbus, USA, and obtained his Ph.D. degree in 2006 in the field of nonlinear optics. He began his professional career in 2006 at a technical consultancy...
Conference Agenda
  • Why has the image of a glass building evolved from the romantic utopian feel of Mies van der Rohe’s Friedrichstrasse Skyscraper project to the banal, energy-sucking, bird-killing glass boxes that define cities around the world?
  • What’s the current state of play to address these challenges?
  • What’s on the horizon for glass and glazing technologies?
  • Understand the definition of embodied carbon and where to find information about the embodied carbon of a manufactured product
  • Learn how to reduce both embodied and operational carbon
  • Learn how to strategically select combinations of low-e coatings and glass substrates to lower a building’s energy usage and operational carbon
  • Range of options available to incorporate carbon reduction into the selection process of façade materials and systems
  • Review methods of assessment and prioritization when considering initial choices: Renovation / New Construction, Glass / Mass, Embodied / Operational Carbon
  • Present tools used for analysis and decision making to develop low carbon, high performance solutions

Flexibility and Functionality of Architectural Terra Cotta for Environmental Sustainability

  • Fabrication efficiencies to reduce embodied carbon
  • Terra cotta screen assemblies to diffuse light and reduce solar gain
  • Biophilic design to create a unique aesthetic and increase biodiversity
  • Managing fire risk in the building envelope
  • Solutions for compartmentalization of rainscreen cavities
  • Innovations in prefabrication
  • Contractual alignment: Bridging the gap between suppliers, contractors, and developers
  • Operational alignment: Finding the right balance between offshore and onshore procurement
  • Financial alignment: Exploring synergies for long term strategic partnerships
  • The role of façade design in addressing the complexity of designing buildings and spaces
  • Façade design that responds to the needs of the urban context
  • Examples: projects in Rome, Italy: Enel HQ, Bulgari Hotel Roma, ex Poligrafico dello Stato in piazza Verdi
  • Retrofitting historic/adaptive re-use façades with an uninsulated envelope that must be modernized
  • Upgrading façades, rather than relying solely on MEP systems, to create sustainable buildings
  • Developers who invest in the façade will create more ROI while enhancing their ESG status
    • Julie Nelson

  • Updating an outmoded structure with discreet modern façade insertions
  • Approaching the design of a new tower ‘Overbuild’ adjacent to an iconic New York city landmark
  • Adaptive reuse as a catalyst for sustainability and architectural character
  • Designing within the historic context of a landmarked building
  • Balancing conservation and curatorial constraints for daylighting of museums
  • Utilizing contemporary glazing technology for museum quality daylighting and thermal performance
  • Prioritizing maintenance and longevity considerations for extended service life of façade systems
  • Production and product documentation related to material content and processes
  • Advancing product portfolio for enhanced performance: Bird friendly & updated coating offerings
  • Consultancy and benefits of collaboration in design phase
  • Performance properties of PVB interlayers
  • How PVB interlayers can act as a critical line of defense
  • Protecting biodiversity with PVB interlayers
  • Why we need DfMA for architectural innovation?
  • What we need to prepare for DfMA?
  • CNC T-BAR system & Smart Node system
  • DfMA case studies: Lotte World Tower Podium & Galleria Gwanggyo
  • Discreet modern interventions to improve building performance
  • Designing a contemporary façade rooted in historic visual narratives
  • Preserving authentic building façades in historic districts for adaptive-reuse needs
  • Understanding the potential benefits and requirements of the BECx process
  • How envelope commissioning aligns with the overall design schedule
  • Maximizing the value of BECx during Construction Administration and in the field
  • Sustainable features of stainless steel
  • Deco Linen as façade finish on buildings in Manhattan
  • Ensuring longevity by selecting appropriate stainless steel grades
  • Powder and liquid coatings and sustainability
  • Contribution to LEED certifications
  • Performance: Durability and functionalities
  • Holistic Sustainability: Going beyond carbon to consider durability, occupant well-being and circularity
  • Leverage product transparency documentation to add environmental value to your project
  • Achieving key climate goals with building façades

Sneh Kumar

Prior Performing Arts Center at the College of the Holy Cross

  • Two pairs of walls that twist, turn and interlock to define the four pavilions of the multidisciplinary incubator
  • Optimizing construction with the use of parametric modeling to rationalize the curves and panelization
  • Complimentary formal complexity in two different materials
  • Interlayers for security glazing, properties, comparison & benefits
  • Choosing between forced entry and ballistic glazing
  • Security glazing for natural threats
  • Sustainable façade design with a carbon neutral solution
  • Attachment methods for ventilated rainscreens and curtainwall integration
  • Design considerations related to meeting the performance, budget criteria and the design intent for a project
  • Bringing ideas to life: Transforming concepts into model code-compliant construction projects
  • Building with confidence: Mitigating risks in deferred façade submittals
  • Simplicity meets performance: Hilti’s cutting-edge rainscreen sub-framing systems
  • Terms of collaboration: distinguishing between design-assist, design-build, delegated-design, IPD, and cost-plus contracts
  • Pursuing optimization: improving project outcomes for design, procurement, cost, and schedule
  • Risks and challenges: disrupting conventional design processes and cost incentives

Owen Detlor

The Richard Gilder Center for Science, Education, and Innovation is the latest addition to New York’s historic American Museum of Natural History. The new building creates new physical and visual connections that encourage visitors to explore the exhibitions within and to share the excitement of scientific discovery and learning about the natural world. Conceived from the inside-out, the architecture also greatly improves visitor experience throughout the museum by seamlessly embedding within the existing campus. This talk will discuss how the façade’s distinctive form emerged from the design concept, with the building’s shotcrete structure extending outward to support the building’s stone cladding. Through close collaboration between architects, engineers, fabricators and installers, the design team utilized advanced digital workflows to translate the vision of continuous curvature into buildable components. Lessons learned from this project provide valuable insights for realizing innovative architectural geometries.

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