137th Edition – Zak World of Façades United Kingdom

This will be the 137th edition globally and the 6th edition in London 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
Senior Associate, Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates
Ben Isaacs joined WJE with ten years of structural engineering consultancy experience, including analysis, design, coordination, and construction review of building structures and components of various types. His primary areas of expertise include the analysis, design and evaluation of structural...
Senior Construction Manager, Skanska UK
Sophie has been working in the built environment for 10 years. Starting her career as a British Army engineering officer. She has worked on some of Skanska’s most high profile projects, such as Battersea Power Station and 80 Fenchurch Street...
President & CEO, Boston Valley Terra Cotta
Laura Rygielski is the recently appointed CEO of Boston Valley Terra Cotta in Orchard Park, NY. Boston Valley specializes in the manufacturing of historic terra cotta replication, new construction and innovation in contemporary rain screen design and production. Rygielski has...
Partner, 3XN
Torben Østergaard is a Partner at 3XN and has been responsible for developing and delivering a range of designs in Denmark and internationally since 1995. Leading the oversight and delivery of major projects, he has played a key role in...
Chief Commercial Officer, KGC Façades
Richard started his career in main contracting, working initially in the residential sector and then on major projects such as Chelsea & Westminster Hospital and Glaxo’s (GSK) research campus. In 1994 he joined the Swiss facade contractor Schmidlin working on...
Product Specialist, UL Solutions
Simon is a pragmatic fire safety professional with a vocational approach to helping others comply with legislative and business fire safety requirements. He has a broad background in fire safety; testing, certification, fire risk management, fire risk assessment, auditing enhanced...
Senior Façade Manager, Multiplex
Since joining Multiplex in 2017, Aideen has been responsible for the delivery of complex façade schemes including The Broadway; the redevelopment of the Old Scotland Yard site and is currently leading the façade refurbishment and extension of the former IBM...
Partner, PLP Architecture
Daniel has substantial experience working on projects in the United Kingdom and across Europe. He brings an extensive understanding of the planning regulations and policies in London to our design teams, having worked on many projects across the Capital. He...
International Building Project Manager, AGC Glass Europe
Moujehed Neffoussi works as an International Building Project Manager at AGC Glass Europe. He is responsible for supporting the design and engineering community to choose the appropriate glass specifications for their projects. Joining AGC Glass Europe in 2014, Moujehed has...
Founding Director, FMDC
Simon is an Architect, Board Member and founding director of FMDC. He is widely recognised as one of the most knowledgeable technical experts in UK facade consultancy, specialising in specification writing and in post-contract services. Simon leads our Sustainability and...
Project Engineer, Eckersley O'Callaghan
After completing a six month internship at Eckersley O’Callaghan in early 2019, Rocco joined the company as a graduate engineer later that year. He forms part of Eckersley O’Callaghan facade engineering group, capitalising on the building engineering knowledge he gained...
Associate Director, AHMM
Peter joined Allford Hall Monaghan Morris in 2004 after working at a number of practices in the UK, Netherlands and Australia. Peter was made an Associate in 2008 and Associate Director in 2021. Since joining the practice, Peter has contributed...
Associate Director - Project Management (Construction), Mace
A charted engineer, Ovi has an MSc in Façade Engineering from University of Bath UK to complement his first degree in Mechanical Engineering. Ovi is a member of SFE technical committee and has nearly 30 years of continuous façade engineering...
Project Leader, APT
Bram is a Project Leader at Apt with extensive experience in large-scale projects covering a range of sectors. Originally from the Netherlands, Bram has worked on projects in Europe, the Middle East, Australia and Asia, including a 4-year stint in...
Managing Director, Jo Cowen Architects
Chris is the Managing Director of Jo Cowen Architects and has been instrumental in the evolution of the practice’s design output. He has worked on a number of award winning significant cultural projects and has been at the forefront of...
Associate Director - Project Management (Construction), Mace
Richie is the Mace Façade Lead for the Public Sector Business Unit, He is an engineer and façade expert with almost 20 years’ experience. His project experience includes the successful delivery of complex schemes such as the BBC Television Centre,...
Senior Façade Engineer, FMDC
Associate, Renzo Piano Building Workshop
DPLG architect based at the Paris agency, Jean Pattinson was born in Sainte-Foy-la-Grande in Gironde in 1979. He studied at the Bordeaux School of Architecture and Landscape from where he graduated in early 2004. After an experience of a few...
Partner | Director, Renzo Piano Building Workshop
Architect DPLG based at Paris Office. Joost Moolhuijzen was born in Amstelveen, Netherlands, in 1960. He studied architecture at the Delft University of Technology and after graduating, he worked in London with Michael Squire from 1987 to 1990. He joined...
Associate Principal, Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates
Since joining WJE in 1995, Tony Cinnamon has participated in building enclosure investigations, window and curtain wall failures, and glass and glazing assessments. His expertise lies in the investigation and design of building facades, exterior wall systems, and fenestration systems....
Project Director, British Land
Lynn joined British Land as a Project Director within the Development Team back in 2017. Since joining British Land she has lead the delivery of large commercial office spaces in central London.  This includes leading the Norton Folgate development –...
Project Director, Landsec
Since Shane arrived in the UK in 2002 he has worked on many of the high profile projects in the City. On these projects he has used his cladding skills and construction experience to assist the design teams and consultants...
Senior Partner, Foster + Partners
Patrick is a senior partner and recently completed the Monaco Yacht Club, a highly sustainable mixed-use building at the heart of Monaco’s Port Hercule. He joined the practice in 2007, after completing his studies at the Bartlett School of Architecture....
Architect, eyrise
Rudolf Zelmer, architect at MERCK in Darmstadt. Born in 1970, studied architecture 1991-96 in Frankfurt (Dipl.- Ing. FH). Since 2007 at MERCK in various functions, among others as Head of Building Construction. Currently responsible for architectural projects at MERCK electronics...
Envelope Design Lead, Wilkinson Eyre
As lead designer for various prominent architecture practices, David Perez has over 20 years of experience in the design and delivery of high profile, large-scale projects across the U.S., Australia and Europe. The latest examples in London include the new...
Director, Robert Bird Group
Chris joined Robert Bird Group (RBG), who are specialist Structural, Civil, Geotechnical and Construction Engineers, in 2016.  He currently leads a Building Structures Team in London and has 15 years of Engineering and Project Leadership experience within multiple sectors leading...
Director, WilkinsonEyre Architects
Yasmin’s experience as a director at WilkinsonEyre includes the design and delivery of projects for British R&D company Dyson, including new office spaces across their existing campus – a portfolio that includes new build as well as options appraisals and...
Head of Construction, Knight Dragon
Tom is Head of Construction at Knight Dragon. Knight Dragon are developing Greenwich Peninsula, Europe’s largest single regeneration project. Greenwich Peninsula brings together culture, creativity, community, and modern architecture, all wrapped by the River Thames. More than 17,000 new homes...
Director, Bennetts Associates
Peter Fisher is a driving force behind many pioneering sustainable projects at Bennetts Associates, a UK-based practice that has achieved a series of ‘world-firsts’ in sustainability. Having studied both architecture and environmental design he is fascinated by architecture that straddles...
Director, Squire and Partners
Olga Gomez is a Director at award-winning architecture and design practice Squire & Partners. Having graduated in Madrid, Olga subsequently lived and worked in Mexico City, China and New York. Since moving to the UK and joining Squire & Partners,...
Founder Partner, Pilbrow & Partners
Pilbrow & Partners is led by Fred Pilbrow, an architect with over 30 years’ experience designing award winning projects in the UK and abroad. His work is shaped by a passion for the craft of building and a belief that...
Associate Partner, RSHP
Douglas is an Associate Partner at RSHP. Having worked at the practice for over 15 years, his significant experience and technical knowledge encompass a range of design stages, sectors and regions. He has been involved in projects such as a...
Partner, Robert A. M. Stern Architects
As a partner at Robert A.M. Stern Architects, Daniel Lobitz creates places that are captivating, contextual, and contribute to the public realm. Since joining RAMSA in 1986, Dan has designed and managed a diverse body of work, including multi-family residential...
Head of Sustainability, McLaren
Brody is the Head of Sustainability at McLaren Construction with over 10 years’ experience helping developers and principal contractors deliver sustainable construction practices. Specialising in the decarbonisation of site activities, embodied carbon reductions strategies, sustainable building certifications (BREEAM, LEED &...
Principal and Director, Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates
Since joining WJE in 1996, Daniel Lemieux has successfully completed hundreds of projects in the area of building enclosure failure investigation, repair design, and architectural rehabilitation, including projects that have been recognized nationally for design and restoration excellence. As the...
Director, Eckersley O'Callaghan
Hugh helped form EOC’s facade engineering group in 2012 and has had a leading role in the team since. Originally from a structural and civil engineering background, Hugh diversified his skills by studying environmental architecture and brings a holistic knowledge...
Specification Advisor, OBEX Protection
Dan Norman serves as the lead specification advisor at OBEX, where he acts as a guiding hand for architects, designers, and industry leaders, ensuring compliant façades. His passion for construction is deeply rooted in his past as a tradesperson, giving...
Head of Façades, AECOM
Zara is the Façade team leader for AECOM, London and is an elected Board Member on the Society of Façade Engineers. She began her journey in Façade Consultancy over 13 years ago, having originally pursued Architecture. In 2011 she completed...
Business Development Manager, Eastman
Stéphanie Godard is working at Eastman as the Business Development Manager for the Advanced Interlayers group in Europe. She is in responsible of overseeing the relations with the architects and the façade engineers, providing an experience of over 20 years...
Pre Construction Director - Façades, McLaren
Claire is fifteen years into her career in the construction industry, starting as a quantity surveyor, she has spent the last half of her career working in a pre-construction role focused on the design and procurement of major projects in...
Group CEO, Staticus
In turbulent and unpredictable times, resilience is a quality which, despite its lack of glamour, has never been more important. And Aušra Vankevičiūtė’s career and character serve as testaments to the power of resilience. As CEO of Staticus, one of...
Founder, Patrick Ryan Associates
Patrick is a façade engineering consultant with 35 years’ experience in the façade industry. He launched Patrick Ryan Associates 25 years ago and prior to that he, ran a façade consultancy within a well-known multidisciplinary practice for 10 years. Patrick...
Senior Vice President, Schüco International
Thomas is a physicist and achieved a PhD in Electrical Engineering and Information Technology. He started his professional career at PriceWaterhouse Cooper, moved on to the German Robert Bosch GmbH and then worked as Vice President for the Manz Automation...
Head of Major Projects, Saint-Gobain Glass
As a prominent figure in the London façade community, David brings over 28 years of experience to his role as Director of Major Projects at Saint-Gobain Glass. Having developed his expertise with specialist façade contractors and as a consultant for...
Partner, Buro Happold
Ana Araujo leads the UK Façades team of Buro Happold, based in London. With 17 years of international experience, including all stages of the design cycle, Ana focused her expertise in façade diagnostic, due diligence and refurbishment from Georgian listed...
Head of Façade Engineering, Schüco International
Stefan carries a doctoral degree in structural engineering and has further accomplishments in Business Administration and Management of Vlerick Business School. With more than 20 years of experience in the building and construction industry, he is an experienced head of...
Technical Director - Façade Engineering, WSP
Michele Sauchelli is an architect and engineer with more than 14 years of experience in the industry and is specialised in designing, managing and delivering complex façade projects. His expertise spans across façade technologies, environmental performances and applied research for...
Director | Cost Management – Façades, AECOM
At the beginning of his career, Massimo Chies worked in the tender department of Permasteelisa and Lindner, two of the largest cladding contractor’s active in the UK market. In 2014, he joined AECOM to support their cost team in the...
Technical Consultant, Serge Ferrari Stamisol
Allan has worked in the building services industry for over 30 years; holding several senior positions of Managing Director and Vice President for ventilation manufacturing companies. For the past 9 years has worked via his consultancy business, focusing on smoke...
Head of Façades, Proctor Group
James Brackenreed-Johnston joined the A. Proctor Group in 2019 as Specification Manager for the London Area. James has many years of experience in the high rise sector, focusing on façade design, regulation compliance and innovation. By advocating a systems based...
Director Pre-Construction Services, Schüco International
Stephen Tanno graduated from The University of Southampton in 1987 and worked as a Consulting Engineer for the next 16 years, including 5 years with Ove Arup in Sydney and 8 years as Group Director with Buro Happold, where he...
Director – Leader Façade UK, Arup
Russell is the leader of Arup’s façade business in the UK. Russell has a background in façade and structural engineering and specialises in the design, assessment and construction of all types of façade systems for a broad range of buildings....
Director, WilkinsonEyre
Giles Martin has led several of the practice’s high-profile commercial and infrastructure projects. He is inspired by precise construction detailing and material technology and is motivated by the possibilities of developing these themes on large, complex urban developments. He has...
Head of Façades, Wates Construction
With over 35 years of experience within the Building Envelope Sector, Neville is responsible for developing and delivering Wates’ façade and roofing strategy. He has also been the driving force behind the Joint Competence Initiative for the Envelope Sector (JCI),...
Principal | London Office Director, Thornton Tomasetti
Leigh Easden, Principal and Co Office Director at Thornton Tomasetti, is a Façade Engineer with over 20 years’ experience in the construction industry. During this time he has been involved with a diverse assortment of building types in various locations,...
High Performance Product Manager - Northern Europe, Kuraray
Allan Gibson is based in Oxford and for the past 18 years, Allan has managed the supply and specification of specialist materials used in the construction industry in the UK and Middle East. Now responsible for the Trosifol PVB and...
Director - Head of Façade Engineering, WSP
A Chartered Structural Engineer by profession, Steve Bosi has been working in façade engineering consultancy for over 25 years. During this time he has gained significant experience in the design and construction of building envelopes for a variety of buildings...
Associate Principal, fjcstudio
John is a façade specialist with over 30 years’ experience working throughout Australia, Southeast Asia, China, Europe and the Middle East on projects ranging in size from Shanghai Tower to single residential. John is currently an Associate Principal at fjcstudio....
Director - Head of Façades, Mace
Phil Sedge, Head of Facades at Mace Group. Kicking off his career in the late 1980s, Phil has spent 35 years working in facades building prestigious projects across London working with the industry’s leading façade contractors.. Working for Mace Phil...
Façade Specialist | Associate Partner, Foster + Partners
Neesha Gopal joined Foster + Partners as Associate Partner, Façade Specialist in July 2023 and is based in London, UK. Neesha chartered as an Architect and following several years as a Project and Site based Architect, she specialised in Façade...
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