145th Edition – Zak World of Façades USA

This will be the 145th edition globally and the 1st edition in Los Angeles 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
Building Decarbonization Planning Director, HDR
Associate Principal | Architecture | Sustainable Design Leader, HED
Design Manager | Façade Specialist, Swinerton
Miles Fujiki is a Design Manager at Swinerton with a special focus on building façades. He is a licensed architect and has worked on high-profile buildings including the Mandarin Oriental Residences and Rosewood in Beverly Hills, Dior flagship on Rodeo,...
Division 7 Southwest Regional Lead, DPR Construction
Rich Cowie is the Division 7 Southwest Regional Lead at DPR Construction, with more than 15 years in the industry focused on building envelope trade disciplines. Rich works closely with project teams across Southern California and Arizona providing subject matter...
International Business Development Manager - CROSSFIX, EJOT
International Business Development Manager at EJOT SE & Co. KG in the Market Unit Construction, specializing in rainscreen façade industry. Armed with a civil engineering background, I’ve dedicated over 12 years to the façade industry. My expertise lies in the...
Sales Director - North America, North Glass
Bob joined Northglass in 2012. For the first two years He worked on the technical side, then moved to project management and worked on the Apple Park project. In 2015, He came to the US and started the Northglass US...
Design Leader, Yazdani Studio of CannonDesign
With 38 years of diverse architectural experience–the last 27 years being collaborative in the design and execution of all Yazdani Studio projects–Craig Booth establishes a clear design vision and is capable of project execution from conceptual design through project completion....
Associate | Studio Design Computation Leader, NBBJ
Vincent is an award-winning designer and digital computational leader at NBBJ, dedicated to pushing the limits of architectural innovation. His diverse expertise spans complex facade design, form-finding, simulation, digital fabrication, and interoperability workflows. His work exemplifies a seamless fusion of...
Architecture Lead - Americas, AECOM
Ross Wimer leads AECOM’s national architectural design practice. His projects range from industrial design to city planning to super tall buildings and have been built in 30 cities on five continents. Ross is known for exploring the link between architecture...
Façade Engineer, Arup
Mitch Albarran is a Façade Engineer for Arup’s Americas West Geography. With a background in Architectural Engineering, Mitch brings a generalist approach in his daily practice. His primary areas of focus include system detailing, strategies for minimizing carbon emissions in...
Partner, Bjarke Ingels Group
Leon Rost began his collaboration with Bjarke Ingels in 2005 as a design assistant at PLOT in Copenhagen, Denmark. After completing Architectural studies at California Polytechnic University and working for renowned offices in Japan, Scandinavia and Portugal, Leon took on...
Principal, Brooks + Scarpa
Lawrence Scarpa has garnered international acclaim for the creative use of conventional materials in unique and unexpected ways. He is also considered a pioneer and leader in the field of sustainable design. In 2022 Larry received the National AIA Gold...
Associate, Buro Happold
Design Partner | Firmwide Design Leader, NBBJ
As NBBJ’s Firmwide Design Leader, Jonathan’s hallmark is visionary design that challenges commonly held assumptions about program, space and human experience to deliver highly creative built environments. Over the past three decades, Jonathan has led the design and delivery of...
Senior Designer, Bjarke Ingels Group
Amir Mikhaeil is a senior designer at Bjarke Ingels Group. Amir Joined BIG’s New York office in 2015 where he is a NY registered Architect and in 2023 moved to Los Angeles to help start BIG’s West coast office. He...
International Business Manager, AGC Interpane
With a background as an architect, have been in the Glass Industry for the last 30 years. Started at Cricursa, a highly specialized company on curved and difficult dimensional shapes. Opened the world market and have participated on a long...
President & CEO, Boston Valley Terra Cotta
John Krouse is a Ceramic Engineer and the 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....
Associate Director, Eckersley O'Callaghan
Kais Al-Rawi, AIA MSFE, works at the intersection of architecture, engineering and technology with expertise in solving complex building challenges through digital design. He is an Associate Director at the Los Angeles office of award-winning Structures and Facades practice Eckersley...
Associate | Façade Engineering & Building Physics , Arup
Irene Pau Martin is an Associate at Arup with an Environmental and Mechanical Engineering background. She leads the Building Envelope Physics sub-discipline within the Americas Region and co-leads the Los Angeles Facades team. Having worked in London and Los Angeles,...
Conference Agenda
  • Santa Monica College Math and Science - AHJ expectations
  • Caltech Resnick Sustainability Institute - Building the Right Team
  • University of Chicago Medicine Cancer and Research Pavilion - Elevating Expectations
  • 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 increasing biodiversity
  • Parametric design tools for early design considerations
  • Approaching façade systems as a kit of parts
  • Iterative performance and sustainability assessments for façade systems
  • Meeting the challenge to develop products with a positive environmental impact during their lifetime, without loss of quality
  • Reducing the environmental impact of the operational processes, including making rational use of energy and reducing greenhouse gas emissions
  • Promoting the recycling of materials for the production of glass, and designing products that facilitate end-of-life recycling
  • Designing a corporate HQ: uniting wellness, nature & community
  • Creating a new high-rise work model
  • Exploring details of the large format glass façade
  • Single & 3D curved glass design
  • Super jumbo glass & flatness
  • New techniques in architectural glass design
  • Johns Hopkins University Student Center: A hive of 25 intersecting mass timber structures
  • The Maker’s Cube: A Piranesian mass-timber construct for the department of architecture and design
  • Claremont McKenna College: Masterplan interlocking with architecture
  • Two new California bills require companies to analyze and report on GHG emissions
  • Evaluating the climate-related financial risks in the transition
  • How improvements to the building envelope answers these mandates

Kathleen Hetrick

  • Insight on the the Fabric Mass Timber project that turns "junk" wood into high-value mass timber building systems (façade panels, superstructure and floor cassettes) to be used as a prefabricated kit-of-parts on residential buildings
  • Funded by a Cal Fire grant, how his project aims to rapidly build affordable housing at scale to alleviate California’s urgent housing crisis while simultaneously reducing wildfire risk
  • How junk wood from overgrown and fallen trees in California is either shipped to Japan to be burnt as biofuel or left untouched in the forests where it contributes to increased wildfire risks
  • Passive Design Strategies: Showcase the Power of Simplicity. Simple design interventions lead to improvements in building performance, thermal comfort and daylighting, without relying on complex technologies
  • Mass Customization: Leveraging Repetition for Unique Expressions. Repetitive elements are utilized to create visually striking and functionally efficient designs tailored to specific contexts and technologies
  • Harnessing the Beauty of Simplicity. Simple repeating geometries can be economical, beautiful and aesthetically pleasing
  • Thermal performance; stainless steel vs. standard solutions
  • Anti-corrosion & system longevity
  • Sustainability & environmental impact
Event Details
  • 145th Edition – Zak World of Façades USA, April 18, 2024
  • Start Date
    April 18, 2024 8:00 am
  • End Date
    April 18, 2024 5:30 pm
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