151st Edition – Zak World of Façades Switzerland

This will be the 151st edition globally and the 1st edition in Zurich which will showcase sustainable innovations and challenges in the construction industry pertaining to the building envelope and will also display latest technological solutions.

Speakers & Panelists
Associate, Hosoya Schaefer Architects
Valentin Ott is Head of Design at Hosoya Scheafer Architects in Zurich and part of the management team. He studied architecture at the University of Stuttgart and has worked in various architectural offices, such as Herzog & de Meuron in...
PR & Communications, Itten+Brechbühl AG
Judith studied art history, focusing on contemporary art, architectural and design history. Following her master’s degree at École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales (EHESS) in Paris, she gained extensive experience in managing international art exhibitions and cultural journalism. From...
Associate, Fischer Architekten AG
Born in Portugal in 1986, Miguel Torres studied architecture at the Technical University of Lisbon. An exchange year took him to Brazil, where he attended the University of São Paulo and gained his first practical experience. After graduating in Lisbon,...
ReUse Façade Expertise, Zirkular GmbH
Basil started out in the construction industry with his apprenticeship as a metal worker. After his years as a craftsman, he remained loyal to metal, but switched from the craft to the office with a degree in civil engineering, specialising...
Project Manager, Kengo Kuma and Associates
Born and raised in Paris, France. Graduate of ENSA Paris Val de Seine and California Polytechnic State University. Started my carrer at KKAA – Kengo Kuma and Associates in Tokyo, contributing to a high-rise building project in Vancouver, Canada. Later...
Business Development Manager, seele
As a project manager at seele GmbH, Andreas Komm spearheads the development of intelligent façades that are integrated into building automation systems. His expertise centers on driving digital transformation and enhancing energy efficiency within the realm of sustainable building operations....
General Manager, Heavydrive GmbH
Günter Übelacker is the dynamic Managing Director of Heavydrive GmbH, a leading company in transportation and assembly of oversized glass panes based in Tapfheim. Under his leadership the company has developed into a global player in the industry, known for...
Site Manager, Vandaglas GmbH Döring
Mr. Carsten Kunert has been working successfully for the vandaglas group ‘expert partners in curved glass’ Döring in Berlin since 2008. His affinity for sales and project development is based on his commercial training in the construction industry and the...
Head of Project Sales, Project Management and Technics International, Jansen AG
Georg Chatzoudis is Head of Project Sales, Project Management and Technics International at Jansen AG. Together with his team, he develops project-specific solutions in which Jansen’s steel profile systems have to meet complex technical and architectural requirements. Georg studied civil...
General Manager, Cosentino Switzerland
Graduated as a mechanical engineer and obtained an MBA. Has been serving as Managing Director at Cosentino Switzerland for 5 years. Prior to this role, held various specialist and management positions internationally and nationally across diverse sectors and industries.
Associate Partner, Emmer Pfenninger Partner AG
After his studies (2002 – 2006) of mechanical engineering at the polytechnic in Muttenz (CH) he worked for 3 years as engineer for building maintenance units and project director at the manufacturer PK-Küpfer AG in Glattbrugg ZH (CH) before he...
CEO, Foldstruct
Tal Friedman is an architect and visionary leader at the intersection of architecture and cutting-edge technology. With a distinguished background in architecture and a masters in computational construction engineering, Tal’s expertise bridges the gap between digital design and advanced construction...
Façade Consultant - Business Development, idpartners
Stefano Rossi is an architect (University of Innsbruck) and façade consultant at idpartners, a boutique facade consulting firm headquartered in Zürich, Switzerland. His experience lies in finding creative solutions on high-end projects ranging from using hand sketches or going as...
Senior Project Manager, EM2N Architekten
Nils Heffungs has been working at EM2N Architekten AG since 2007 as a team and project manager, with a focus on large projects. After working in the project management of the Toni-Areal as well as the overall project management of...
Project Manager, BIFF (Bureau d'Ingénieurs Fenêtres et Façades)
After obtaining his master’s degree in mechanical engineering, Manuel Boerwanger has worked a few years by Siemens Energy. He jumped in the façade world in 2016 joining Lindner group in the engineering and system design department as design manager and...
Partner, Itten+Brechbühl AG
Lidor Gilad is a partner and head of design and development at Itten+Brechbühl AG in Switzerland. Lidor was previously an architect at Gilad + Steinfeld architects sagl from 2010 to 2015. Lidor has a degree in architecture from the USI...
Team Leader - Façade, Implenia Schweiz AG
In 1992, Klaus graduated in mechanical engineering at the University of Duisburg. Following that, his career path led him through various management roles within metal construction companies across Switzerland, Germany, and Italy from 1992 to 2013. Transitioning to a team...
Head of Sustainability and Digitalization, Drees & Sommer
Bringing a wealth of expertise in Strategy and Technology Consulting, Ivo specializes in sustainability, energy efficiency, circular engineering, and digitalization consulting for processes and infrastructure. Notable projects include advising the Canton of Lucerne’s Real Estate Division, contributing to the sustainability...
Partner | Board Member, CCHE La Vallée
French and of Turkish origin, Funda Kozanoglu was born and raised in Paris. After a spell at the Beaux-Arts, she found her way into architecture. Interested in diversity, she spent two years in Brazil to complete her thesis on the...
Manager High Performance Products, Kuraray
Maxim has been working in the Glass processing and façade construction industry since 2006. During this time he has participated in various projects including the; Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg, Ferrari World in Abu Dhabi, Lakhta Tower in St. Petersburg and many...
Director, MVRDV
Director and Architect Gideon Maasland (NL) joined MVRDV in 2016. With extensive experience acquired over a 15-year career at several high profile Dutch offices, Maasland leads MVRDV’s Studio 8, which is responsible for large-scale, complex buildings. Renowned for his detailed...
Member of the Board of Directors, Lüchinger+Meyer
Philippe Willareth is a partner at Lüchinger+Meyer Bauingenieure AG and heads the Façade Engineering division. After graduating as a façade engineer from Lucerne University of Applied Sciences in 2004, Philippe Willareth joined Whitbybird London as a façade design engineer and...
Global Building Project Specification Manager - High Performance Building, Dow
Enrico Cutri is Global Building Projects Specification Manager and a member of the Building Science Team at Dow. Based in Switzerland, Enrico is directly responsible for the management of designated key accounts and for the introduction of product innovation, to...
Regional Director of Sales, Staticus
Susanne Di iulio graduated 2003 from the Cooperative State University of Baden Wurttemberg as a Façade Engineer. Joining Tauber Eingineering GmbH in Frankfurt, she worked as an international project manager. She also worked as a guest lecturer in her former...
Partner, Emmer Pfenninger Partner AG
1984 – 1990 architectural studies at the University of Stuttgart; 1991: collaboration at Santiago Calatrava Architects in Paris and Zurich and 1992 – 1998 at RFR Engineers in Paris. 1998 – 1999 postgraduate studies «Architecture and Sustainability». Specialisation in architectural...
Conference Agenda
  • Installation of load-bearing glass and its architectural impact
  • Restoration and energy-efficient renovation of a historic building
  • The Circle - an inclined closed cavity facade, Zurich Airport
  • The Link - a twin skyscraper, La Défense
  • Triangle - a triangular tower, Paris
  • Sustainable, highly resistant and versatile material DKTN
  • Compatibility with international and Swiss certifications and with many anchoring systems
  • Evolution and references of DKTN facades in Switzerland
  • Carbon footprint of interlayers for laminated glass
  • Case study – The Montparnasse Tower
  • A bird friendly solution for laminated safety glass
  • Intelligent sensor technology
  • Integration of façades into the building management system
  • Need for energy-efficient and high-performance façade solutions
  • How to deal with façades in redevelopment projects
  • Challenges in designing
  • How to use steel systems to protect 151,000 works of art from potential hazards and turn the building itself into a work of art
  • How to rethink steel as a material in terms of design, technology and energy and develop a façade element that combines ventilation, shading, fire protection, air conditioning and heating
  • How to optimally combine steel and aluminium systems so that the materials complement each other and maximise their benefits for the building
  • Assessment of the technical and design difficulties in terms of sustainability
  • Implementation of architectural design
  • Technical process in case of re-use
  • Overcoming boundaries: Spectacular glass façades and the technology of their implementation
  • From idea to façade: How expert collaborations transform architecture
  • Using synergy effects: The power of partnership in innovative façade construction
  • AI-Powered Design and Response
  • Fabrication Integrated Modeling (FIM)
  • Digital Fabrication Techniques
  • Sustainability at the Forefront
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