154th Edition – Zak World of Façades USA

This will be the 154th edition globally and the 1st edition in Austin 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
Design Technologist, Lake|Flato
Editor-in-Chief, Austin Home & Founder, Ground Up
Karen Zabarsky Blashek is the Founder of Ground Up, a multi-disciplinary creative studio for the built environment, and the Editor-in-Chief of Austin Home Magazine, the city’s pre-eminent design publication of 20 years. Through Ground Up, Blashek executes the strategy, design,...
Senior Principal, Magnusson Klemencic Associates
Sean Clifton, PE, SE, is a Senior Principal at Magnusson Klemencic Associates (MKA), an award-winning structural/civil engineering firm founded in 1920 with offices in Seattle and Chicago. He specializes in high-rise projects and has led the design of more than...
Senior Director, Tishman Speyer
Cynthia Bowden is responsible for managing Tishman Speyer’s design and construction activities in Texas. Cynthia joined Tishman Speyer in 2006 and during her tenure has worked on signature development projects in Washington, DC and Austin, Texas. She recently completed the...
Regional Managing Director, Lerch Bates
Tamara Higgins began working for Lerch Bates in October 2020 in the Dallas, Texas office. She has over 30 years of experience in the construction industry, spanning from manufacturing, subcontracting, entrepreneurship, and consulting. Tamara has been on the forefront of...
Project Director, Lake|Flato
VP of Building Performance and Design, ICON
Associate Principal, Page
With nearly 20 years of professional experience, Cory Boden has built a diverse portfolio that includes hospitality, institutional, and healthcare projects, with a specialization in urban, high-end, large-scale mixed-use residential and office developments. He has extensive experience in all phases...
Principal, Handel Architects
Jim Hakes is a Principal at Handel Architects with over 25 years of experience in the design and management of a variety of project types including mixed-use, hospitality, high-end residential, office, retail, museum, and university buildings. Jim is currently Principal-in-Charge...
Business Development & Marketing Director, Stainless Structurals
Thomas has been in the metals industry for over 20 years and is experienced in a variety of different industrial and architectural metals and their applications. He has been with Stainless Structurals for 8 years and has led the business...
Principal | Director of Design, Perkins & Will
Wyatt Frantom, FAIA is an experienced cross-disciplinary collaborator and award-winning designer. An Architect licensed in Texas and California, and a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects, Wyatt serves as Principal and the Design Director with Perkins&Will Austin. With over...
Senior Building Envelope Consultant, Curtain Wall Design & Consulting
Dickson Fogleman is an Associate and a Senior Building Enclosure Consultant for CDC. Dickson has provided building enclosure consulting services to architects, owners, contractors and attorneys for over a fifteen years. He provides design consulting services for a wide variety...
Associate/Senior Consultant, Curtain Wall Design & Consulting
Billy Jones is a Vice President and the Director of Roofing and Waterproofing Consulting services for the Central US and Latin American Region for CDC. Billy has provided roofing, waterproofing and building enclosure consulting services to architects, owners, contractors and...
Sr. Associate | Director of Student Housing, Perkins & Will
Salvador Garcia is a valued Project Architect boasting twenty-two years of industry experience. Raised amidst the evolving skylines of Chicago, IL, and Houston, TX, Salvador’s formative years were imbued with a profound appreciation for architecture’s transformative influence on surroundings. As...
CEO, Alanna Buick & Bers Building Diagnostics
Associate | Façade and Building Physics Leader - South, Arup
Felipe Flores joined Arup’s façade engineering group in 2008. His experience includes the development of building envelope components on various building types located in the US, Australia, Asia, and the Middle East. Before joining the Buildings Group in Los Angeles...
Principal, Gensler
Partner, Bjarke Ingels Group
Martin Voelkle is a Partner at BIG and focuses on architecture, sustainable construction, and technology. Martin has been leading BIG’s collaboration with ICON Build, a developer of advanced construction technologies, including 3D printed buildings that are produced with less waste...
Senior Associate Principal, KPF
A Senior Associate Principal with over 16 years of experience, Franz Prinsloo has contributed to KPF’s portfolio of iconic projects, from Austin’s first supertall tower to the final plot at New York’s World Trade Center. He has been central to...
Conference Agenda
  • Background: Vision and design parameters
  • Defining office and residential façade
  • Balancing exterior amenities and the façade
  • Composing the façade strategy
  • Innovative production technologies
  • Sustainability & green initiatives
  • Steel profiles for glass & façades
  • Turning conceptual drawings into construction details
  • Managing the mysterious contractor “By others”
  • Understanding assembly sequences and compatibility concerns
  • Integrating nature and public space inspired by the site’s natural surroundings in a supertall
  • How the façades of the "vertical neighborhood" express a collection of functions as a collage of varied patterns
  • How the tower will become an icon for Texas’ capital city, expressing its spirit of quirky innovation
  • Potential causes of spontaneous glass breakage and their likelihood
  • Diagnostic techniques to differentiate between causes
  • Practices that can prevent spontaneous glass breakage
  • Fort Worth Convention Center, Fort Worth, TX
  • Savannah Convention Center, Savannah GA
  • Google Headquarters, San Jose CA
  • Making housing more affordable through 3D printed architecture
  • Developing a low carbon residential building system
  • Designing wall systems for fire, flood and wind-resistant homes

Karen Zabarsky Blashek

Event Details
  • 154th Edition – Zak World of Façades USA, June 27, 2024
  • Start Date
    June 27, 2024 8:00 am
  • End Date
    June 27, 2024 5:30 pm
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