144th Edition – Zak World of Façades USA

This will be the 144th edition globally and the 1st edition in Chicago 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
Technical Sales Director, Boston Valley Terra Cotta
Andrew Pries, Technical Sales Director at Boston Valley Terra Cotta, holds a BS in Architecture from the University at Buffalo and a Master of Architecture from the University of Michigan. With a focus on design development and leveraging diverse fabrication...
Design Principal, JGMA
Lori Day is a Design Principal with 25 years of experience in K12, higher education, residential, and community-based projects. During her career, she has led the design and implementation of many notable, award-winning projects. With a background in fine art...
Area Manager North America, Reynaers Aluminium
Tobiasz Staszak is Area Manager North America at Reynaers Aluminum focused on developing a successful growing market. Having a background in the building industry for 14 years, gaining experience in technology, sales, and value proposition development. For the last 5...
Principal, Heintges Consulting Architects & Engineers
David Bott, PE, SE, AIA, joined Heintges in 2006, and holds bachelors’ degrees in both civil engineering and architecture from Carnegie Mellon University, as well as a master’s degree in civil engineering from Columbia University. In addition to his extensive...
Principal, Heintges Consulting Architects & Engineers
Jessica Young, RA, joined Heintges in 2005, and has extensive experience managing academic, healthcare, and cultural projects with a focus on unifying building envelope performance with the Architect’s aesthetic vision. She is excited about opportunities to integrate opaque materials into...
Project Manager, Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects | Partners
Brian Abell is a Project Manager and Senior Designer at Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects | Partners (TWBTA). Since joining the studio in 2008, Brian has managed and been an essential project team member on some of TWBTA’s most complex...
VP Architecture & Planning, Related Midwest
William W. Tippens is vice president of architecture and planning at Related Midwest. Will is an expert in land entitlement, master planning and historic preservation. He manages and coordinates all municipal agency communications and applications relating to zoning, entitlements, building...
Founding Partner, Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects | Partners
Tod Williams founded their New York-based architecture studio with Billie Tsien in 1986. Their studio focuses on work for institutions such as schools, museums, and not-for-profits. Some of their notable projects include the renovation of David Geffen Hall’s Public Spaces...
Principal, JAHN
After graduating from University of Cincinnati in 1997 with a BArch, Lynda Dossey worked at KPF London (ProvincieHuis), DeStefano Partners (Division St Gateways | RiverEast Center | Citadel Center) and Studio Gang (Kam Liu Center | Lavezzorio Center |Aqua) before...
Director of Historic Preservation, Bulley & Andrews
Bulley & Andrews’ director of historic preservation, Joshua Freedland believes “old” is the new “new.” During his 25+ year career, his expertise has benefited hundreds of historically significant structures throughout the country including Prudential Plaza and Nickerson Mansion in Chicago,...
VP | Architectural Sales Manager, Bricks Incorporated
Brent Schmitt is an Architectural Sales Representative with over 25 years of experience and knowledge. Brent coordinates and networks with architects, developers, and contractors to secure specifications in brick, stone, and other masonry materials. He has made a great impact...
Associate Principal, Krueck Sexton Partners
Ryan Ornberg is an Associate Principal at Krueck Sexton Partners, a mid-size architectural practice located in Chicago. Ryan is a conceptual thinker and excels in visualizing a project from early site approach and massing to performance driven design tectonics. As...
Senior Associate, Thornton Tomasetti
Mark Chiu joined Thornton Tomasetti in 2015 and has more than 15 years of experience in design of all types of exterior façade systems with a focus on sustainable design. He has in-depth knowledge and a specialization in building science,...
Principal, SOM
Lucas Tryggestad is the Technical Director in the Chicago office of SOM, where he aligns project design concepts with technical solutions that are integral to the design process. With a portfolio that includes projects in the Chicago area and around...
Dir. of Historic Preservation | Associate Principal, Hartshorne Plunkard Architecture
Krista Weir is the Director of Preservation and an Associate Principal at Hartshorne Plunkard Architecture (HPA), a Chicago-based architecture practice that specializes in the design of mixed-use commercial, hospitality and multi-family developments in urban centers nationwide. She has over 10...
Principal, Goettsch Partners
Joachim Schuessler is a principal and senior project designer at Goettsch Partners, either leading or collaborating in the conceptual design efforts for projects and continuing to articulate and evolve designs through all phases. He has worked on a range of...
Principal, Solomon Cordwell Buenz
Jay Longo is a Principal and serves as part of the firm’s commercial office leadership team. He has more than 20 years of experience, along with an impressive portfolio of office, urban mixed-use development, and institutional projects. His design work...
Partner, Pelli Clarke & Partners
Darin C. Cook is passionate about design, placemaking, and material exploration and development. He leads residential, academic, and institutional projects, including Wolf Point, a transformative placemaking project central to the large-scale revitalization of Chicago’s riverfront. A Fulbright Scholar in the...
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....
Regional Façade Sales Manager, Cosentino
Dean has a 30-year history in the building materials and construction industry ranging from quality management to senior sales management focused on the building envelope. His approach is solution based and consultative. Dean provides practical knowledge to help with design...
Technical Section Manager – Americas Insulating Glass, H.B. Fuller
Dr. Brian White is the Technical Manager for the Americas Glass team at H.B. Fuller Company, where he manages R&D and technical service. Brian has been with H.B. Fuller since 2010, starting as a scientist developing insulating glass sealants and...
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...
Conference Agenda
    Transparent façades that impact the public realm
  • Connecting indoor and outdoor spaces through thoughtful façade design
  • Integrating art to enhance the pedestrian experience
  • Restoration and reclad of terra cotta structures for a green building solution
  • Performative terra cotta sunshade systems reduce solar gain and energy consumption
  • Innovative solutions to reduce installation costs for cornice restoration
  • Describing the components and design of a closed cavity façade
  • Comparing the difference in thermal performance of closed cavity façade and standard curtain wall
  • Explaining the design challenges associated with closed cavity façades
  • 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
  • UIUC CIF and 800 West Fulton as case studies in façade excellence and responsible use of WWR
  • Reimagining traditional brick for a contemporary aesthetic / assembly and aligned with neighborhood character
  • Achieving material honesty in façade applications
  • Global family company with local expertise offering customisation and choice in an innovative and responsible way
  • Architectural Evolution: Virtual Reality redefining decision-making in architectural design
  • Accelerating Construction: VR’s swift explaining of technical solutions and error detection for smooth building processes
  • Architectural expression and building form
  • Unitized Curtain Wall: Features and benefits
  • Specialty lobby glazing: Technology and details
  • Quality control through performance mock-up
  • Many forces influence the final design of 1000 South Michigan, not all of them obvious
  • Intangible forces comingle with standard physical forces to shape a final outcome
  • It takes the problem solving effort of the team to properly execute the final shape
  • Adaptive reuse through whole building modernization
  • Sustainability & carbon driven design process
  • High-performance & protective design façade detailing
  • Elevating sustainability: Total carbon footprint, embodied, and operational carbon
  • Sealing the future: Edge seals impact on insulating glass service life
  • Efficiency unveiled: Case studies utilizing high-performance warm edge technology in insulating glass
  • Achieving excellence in projects
  • Exploring colors online and offline
  • Drawing inspiration from case studies and resources
  • Presentation of design concepts for the Obama Presidential Center in Jackson Park, Chicago
  • Conversation about façade design and articulation of the unique façades and characteristics of the Museum Tower
  • Technical development, material investigation and implementation of stone, glazing, and new materials such as UHPC

Brian Abell

Jessica Young

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