141st Edition – Zak World of Façades Australia

This will be the 141st edition globally, the 8th edition in Australia and the 2nd edition in Brisbane 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, Populous
Having joined Populous in 2017, Chris has designed iconic sporting venues across Asia Pacific. His portfolio includes Kai Tak Sports Park in Hong Kong, Te Kaha Multi-Use Arena in New Zealand, the National Speed Skating Oval in China and the...
ANZ Marketing Manager, AkzoNobel
With over 15 years of experience in the building materials industry, Simon Metcalf is the Marketing manager currently at the helm of AkzoNobel’s powder coating business in Australia and New Zealand. Holding a Master’s degree in Powder Coating Chemistry from...
Façades Project Manager, Cosentino
Professional with over 8 years of experience in the stone surfaces industry. Iván is passionate about all topics related to architecture and engineering, always keeping up with the fast-paced changes and stay up to date with the latest trends. His...
Principal, Fender Katsalidis
Led by her boundless passion for architecture, Jess has become a highly regarded principal at Fender Katsalidis, and now leads our Brisbane studio. Since her early days with the practice, she has always displayed a penchant for planning and design...
Director, Eckersley O'Callaghan
Tom leads the Sydney studio of Eckersley O’Callaghan (EOC) having previously worked as part of their London facades team. With a background in architecture and environmental design Tom embodies the integrated design and environmental performance central to EOCs engineering philosophy....
Associate Director, Bligh Tanner
Todd provides strategic advice to clients dealing with aging façades including: failure and forensic investigation, condition and diagnostic assessments, life cycle analysis, capital expenditure, maintenance planning, as well as the design of remedial and refurbishment solutions. Having started his career...
Project & Development Director, Marquette Properties
Scott is responsible for managing the repositioning of Marquette’s portfolio of assets including planning, design, and construction delivery. Scott’s role is focused on assessing existing assets and identifying areas for physical and operational improvement. Often these ‘value add’ improvements involve...
Technical Manager- Façades, Lendlease
Lee maintains the role of Technical Manager – Façade for Lendlease across Australia, linking into the Lendlease international team. He has 37 years’ experience in the industry, coming from a design and project management background. Lee is a Technical Manager...
Facade Engineer, G.James Glass & Aluminium
Jim had his beginnings in diverse civil engineering fields, gravitating into structural engineering, then residing as a structural engineer for 6 years amongst the breath-taking, high-rise facades of Hong Kong, which inspired in him a passion to learn the mystery...
Bid Manager, Buildcorp Group
With over 20 years industry experience, Christina has navigated a successful career path and developed the majority of her skills and expertise during her time at Buildcorp. She commenced in the role of contracts administrator as the first female on...
Façade Engineering Lead, QLD, Arup
Balesh holds a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) and boasts over 15 years of extensive expertise in façade and structural engineering. His career in façade engineering includes pivotal roles at GJames, Australia’s foremost integrated Glass & Aluminium manufacturer, and Meinhardt, one...
Sustainable Design Leader, Hassell
Andrew is passionate about making positive change through the application of regenerative design principles. He is an advocate for the important role that large scale civic projects play in shaping the cities and environments of the future, providing incredible potential...
Principal, fjcstudio
Sean is a Principal at fjcstudio, a multi-disciplinary design studio noted for its commitment to design excellence, innovation, sustainability, reconciliation and the enhancement of the public domain. Sean is Head of Architecture in the Sydney studio. Sean has led a...
Managing Principal | Senior Building Science Specialist, RDH
Brian Hubb is a Founder, Principal, and Senior Building Science Specialist at RDH Building Science. With over 30 years of experience as a consultant practicing exclusively in the field of building science, he is a practical façade engineer and researcher....
Market Development Manager – Façades, Lysaght
Michael’s focus is on innovation, strategy, market, channel and product development for the Australian commercial facades segment, concentrating on the development of the AZURE® Façade System. Prior to BlueScope, Michael has extensive experience within technical design, fabrication, supply, installation and...
Director, Façades and Structures, Bligh Tanner
Paul’s façade design encompasses innovative architectural engineering; blending bespoke façade elements throughout renovation and conservation projects introducing modern design elements, and incorporating the latest thermal, acoustic and sustainable details. Numerous investigation and forensic engineering façade commissions have been completed with...
Associate Principal, Arup
Nick commenced working as a structural engineer with Connell Wagner in 2004. He pivoted his career towards the design of special structures, glass and façade systems when working with Dewhurst Macfarlane in New York from 2008-10. Since 2011, Nick has...
Aaron joined ARM in Melbourne in 2010. Since then he’s delivered cultural and educational buildings around the country, and now heads up ARM’s business in Queensland. He’s interested in delivering complex façade systems by harnessing sub-contractors expertise and skill, and...
Director,, Director, Building Envelope Group
Richard Fairhead has spent his career (25+ years) specializing in Building Envelope on both new and existing buildings, across multiple countries, including Canada, UAE, China, Singapore, Bangladesh, Australia and New Zealand. Richard’s ability to understand design, analyse and test existing...
Senior Associate Building Physics, Inhabit
Samantha is passionate about delivering high-performance buildings and achieving greater clarity in the industry as to what a high-performance building represents. She is currently a Board Director at the Building Designers Association of Australia and has been actively involved with...
Sustainable Buildings and Precincts Lead - QLD, Mott MacDonald
Anne is a Technical Director leading Sustainable Buildings and Precincts at Mott MacDonald in Queensland. Anne has a background in building physics and extensive experience in future strategy and insights advisory. Anne is a Green Star Accredited Professional, a Green...
Global Director - High Performance Products, Kuraray
Ron Hull, P.E, CDT® is the Global Director of High-Performance Products for Kuraray. Ron is based in the USA and holds a bachelor’s degree in engineering and a Master’s in Business Administration. He currently serves on the Board of Directors...
Conference Agenda
  • Weaving the old and new: How a new build and a transformed office building became a vertical seniors living precinct
  • The impact and considerations of reusing and recycling an office building
  • Ageing in place: As a community and in the built form
  • The development of geometry and a clear set-out philosophy
  • Defining environmental performance and the role of the façade
  • Describing systems, modules and materials
  • Large format, custom folded ventilated rainscreen panels
  • Project panel design and installation support with ESI
  • Façade design and manufacturing considerations for a faster, more economical supply and installation process
  • How to design and implement an effective forensic investigation
  • Spotting and countering red herrings and code quoting from other experts
  • Effectively defending and even strengthening your argument using data collected by others
  • Mitigating damages by focusing the repair work on areas that are predicted to fail instead of on comprehensive repairs to all areas
  • How façades can impact the external environment of our cities
  • Responsiveness of the building envelope to creating energy-efficient and healthy spaces within our buildings
  • How the building envelope design needs to be refined to create nurturing spaces inside and out
  • Flexible and versatile: Perfect for any façade design project
  • Certifications on façades
  • Compatibility with many anchoring systems
  • Bridging the gap between urban design and façade design
  • Navigating the evolving carbon landscape in façade design
  • A comparative analysis of Waterfront, Brisbane and Liverpool Civic Place
  • The inherent sustainability benefits of reusing the primary structure rather than demolishing and rebuilding
  • The possibility to extend and convert a building for a different use
  • The replacement and upgrade of a building’s envelope and services to improve overall performance
  • Common façade defects, asset management and remediation approaches flagging capital expenditure items associated with 40-50 year old assets (common to many major cities on the Eastern seaboard of Australia.)

Paul Easingwood

  • Designing façades for a QLD context: Capturing the story of QLD
  • Exploring the stories and narratives that have guided some of our venue and façade designs in QLD
  • Designing façades for a QLD context: Technical and climactic considerations
  • The challenges and opportunities that QLD's climate present, and how our venues have leveraged these
  • Innovative structural glass applications
  • Amazing structural glass projects
  • Sustainability benefits of using structural glass interlayers
  • Powder coating mastery: Performance and warranties
  • Unveiling our environmental commitment: A closer look at sustainable powder coating in architecture
  • Performance meets eco-friendliness: Exploring our role in achieving sustainable architectural excellence through powder coating
  • Prescriptive vs Performance-Based Façade Engineering: Delving into the advantages and limitations of both methodologies, analysing their suitability across diverse project contexts while emphasizing safety, innovation, and compliance
  • Procurement Risks in Queensland Façades: Addressing critical procurement risks specific to Queensland, such as managing cyclone debris impact, promoting the use of laminated glass, navigating challenges in wind standards, offshore glass fabrication concerns, and implementing thermally broken systems
  • Closing the Gap: Bridging the divide between façade consultants and contractors: Exploring key insights and best practices to bridge the gap and optimize project outcomes in the facade industry. This includes early engagement, enhanced collaboration, and establishing clear communication channels for improved efficiency and success

Balesh Baleshan

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