74th Edition – Zak World of Façades USA

This was the 74th global edition and 2nd edition in New York. It showcased the latest innovations and challenges in the construction industry pertaining to building envelopes and the latest technological solutions.

Speakers and Panelists
Environmental Design Director, KPF
Carlos is a building science expert and the Environmental Design Director for KPF. He leads a firm-wide effort to minimize the environmental impact of KPF projects. He also develops tools to incorporate building performance simulation in design. Before joining KPF,...
Senior Associate, Pei Cobb Freed & Partners
Associate Vice President, Cannon Design
Mr. Simatos has over 20years of experience in the planning, designing, detailing and management of complex buildings both domestically and internationally. His technically focused design process has been fostered throughout his career in the design and development of commercial, educational,...
Principal & Managing Director, Walter P Moore
Erik Verboon is the Co-Founder and Managing Director of the Walter P Moore New York office. Trained in both architecture and engineering, Erik brings a deep global experience with a focus on the design of complex and high performance building...
Marketing Director, Gate Precast
Mo has worked in the precast industry for nearly 20 years in a wide variety of positions including precast sales and marketing, estimating and project management. He has also been involved in several design-assist collaborations on large public and private...
Technical Specification Manager, Siderise Group
Mayank Sharma is the Technical Specification Manager at Siderise Insulation and oversees the Middle East and South Asian Market. He works extensively with contractors, architects and developers in the region, assisting and advising them on matters relating to applicable code...
Partner, Surface Design Group
Benson has worked as both a technical façade designer and subsequently a façade consultant, with a focus on the design, fabrication, and use of parametric software in the development of custom exterior wall systems and specialty structures. He is a...
Director - Design and Construction, Two Trees Management
Hale Everets is a Director of Design and Construction for Two Trees Management, an innovative Brooklyn based real estate firm focused on the acquisition, development, construction and management of mixed-use properties. The Two Tree’s portfolio includes over $4B in residential,...
Founding Principal, ODA
Director of Exterior Enclosures, Suffolk
Senior Design Manager, Tech Company in Cupertino
Adrian works at the Design and Innovation team of a known technology company in Cupertino, CA, where he oversees the design and innovation of their recognized storefronts worldwide. He also develops new materials and systems, with a stronger focus on...
Associate Principal, Dattner Architects
Ruth Ro’s interest in the political environment of urban development and her background as both an economic development analyst and painter have shaped her understanding of consensus-building and its importance within urban architecture. Whether through her art exhibit, “Icons of...
Senior Vice President - Building Repositioning, AECOM Tishman
Patricia Hauserman serves as Senior Vice President and Building Repositioning Sector Lead of Tishman Construction, an AECOM company. Specializing in the repositioning of buildings, Ms. Hauserman leads a team of experts providing clients with unrivaled expertise in this cost-effective alternative...
Senior Associate | Technical Director, Gensler
Stephen Katz is a Senior Associate and Technical Director at Gensler. He has worked and lectured in the United States, Asia, and Europe and has authored papers about façade design, intelligent building technology, and sustainability. He is the founder of...
Director, SOM
Yasemin Kologlu is a design director in SOM’s London office. Kologlu adopts a forward thinking and holistic approach to design that integrates wellbeing, environmental design and technology. She is a strong advocate for equality, diversity, and innovation in the design...
Regional Architectural Team Manager, Vitro Architectural Glass
With 20 years in the glass and commercial construction industries, Flickinger has worked on domestic and international projects to secure the glass for Vitro Architectural Glass (formerly PPG). Flickinger has worked closely with top-level architects and engineers to develop glass...
Business Development for Architectural Applications, Siderval
Veronica Muffatti is responsible of the development of architectural applications in Siderval, leader in the production of hot extruded special steel and titanium profiles. After a period in Architectural-Engineering design studio, she started working in the steel industry at Siderval...
Principal, TECHNE
Sameer Kumar is a Principal of Techne. With over 20 years of experience as an architect and a façade specialist, Sameer has distinguished himself as an emergent leader at the nexus of architectural design, engineering, fabrication, and material and process...
Principal, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM)
Christoph Timm leads SOM’s Enclosure Group, a practice embedded among the design and engineering studios in the firm’s New York office that focuses on the design of building enclosures and facades. With more than two decades of experience in the...
Architectural Marketing Consultant, Kuraray America
Valerie Block is currently a senior marketing specialist for Kuraray America, formerly DuPont Glass Laminating Solutions, located in Wilmington, DE. She leads the global architectural team responsible for large projects. In this role, she works with architects and specifiers, structural...
Principal, Handel Architects
Deborah Moelis AIA is a Principal and a founding member of Handel Architects. She has lectured extensively on the principles of Passive House design, including presentations at North American Passive House Network, AIANY, Greenbuild DC, nZeb in Wexford, Ireland and...
Design Specialist - Building Enclosure, Turner Construction
Michael Soubotin is a Building Enclosure Design Specialist with the Turner Engineering Group, an inhouse resource comprised of licensed engineers and architects dedicated to providing integrated expertise, technical analyses, and design oversight on Turner projects. He leads the Group’s Building...
Director of Engineering Sales, Zahner
Paul Martin is the Director of Engineering Sales for the A. Zahner Company and a graduate of Iowa State University with a degree in Mechanical Engineering. He worked as a 3D model designer in the semiconductor industry before finding a...
Principal | Façade Consultant, Buro Happold
John Ivanoff joined Buro Happold in 2013 and is responsible for the direction of the United States Façades team at Buro Happold. He is currently based out of the Buro Happold New York office., with deep global experience in design...
Director, SOM
As Director at Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP (SOM), Carrie Moore is expert at implementing complex projects, particularly for institutional clients. Her recent work includes the Milstein Teaching and Learning Center for Barnard College, Wellesley College Science Center and the...
Senior Building Envelope Specialist, Schüco USA
Spencer Culhane currently works as a Senior Building Envelope Specialist for Schüco USA in New York City where he helps architects, consultants and developers plan their building envelopes. He has worked on a variety of Passive House projects since 2009...
Vice President | Building Enclosures National Practice Leader, WSP
Paul E. Totten is a Vice President at WSP and leads the Building Enclosures Division. He has over 25 years of experience in the fields of structural engineering, building enclosure design and commissioning, and building science. He has concentrated his...
Vice President, Thornton Tomasetti
Walter Hartnett joined Thornton Tomasetti in 2017 and leads Thornton Tomasetti’s East Region façade engineering practice. He brings more than 10 years of experience across multiple market sectors, and building types, in the design and analysis, and planning and implementation...
Partner, Rafael Viñoly Architects
During her 21-year career with Rafael Viñoly Architects, Andrea Lamberti has led both master plan and building projects for universities and research institutes as well as projects for cultural, corporate, commercial, and civic clients. Ms. Lamberti’s recent project experience includes...
Vice President, Vector Foiltec
Jafari has been an integral team member for almost 14 years. His engineering background plays an important part in the success of the ETFE projects in the US, enabling him to successfully collaborate with architects and designers. He was part...
Principal and Director of Building Science, Payette
Andrea is a Principal and the Director of Building Science at Payette, the 2019 AIA Firm Award recipient for their work fusing design and building performance and has worked on four recent COTE Top Ten Award winning projects.  At Payette,...
Managing Partner, Hatfield Group
Erleen Hatfield, PE, AIA, is the Managing Partner of the Hatfield Group, a multi-disciplinary engineering consulting firm based in New York. She has over 25 years of experience in the design of complex structures worldwide. She frequently writes and presents...
Partner, Pei Cobb Freed & Partners
Michael Bischoff is a leading voice in the promotion of sustainable vertical urbanism as a creative response to population growth, densification, and climate change. With broad leadership experience onlarge-scale projects in Europe, Asia, Africa, and the Middle East, he directs...
Partner, KieranTimberlake
James Timberlake is a partner at KieranTimberlake, an award-winning architecture firm recognized for its environmental ethos, research expertise, and innovative design and planning. James explores some of today’s most important topics, among them, efficient construction methods, resource conservation strategies, and...
Managing Director, Schlaich Bergermann Partner
Michael, in his 25 yr long career with schlaich bergermann partner, has designed projects around the world in different areas of advanced structural engineering, such as lightweight cable roofs, transparent facades, innovative bridges and moveable structures. He believes in the...
Director - Virtual Construction Lab, Schüco
Dr. Tejav DeGanyar is the Head of the Virtual Construction Laboratory of Schüco, one of the leading suppliers of the high-quality window, door, and façade systems worldwide. He oversees a broad base of R&D initiatives ranging from façade related acoustical...
Associate Principal - Façade Engineering, Arup
Matt Williams joined Arup’s façade engineering group in 2006 after building a broad façades experience in commercial office, healthcare and historic building renovation with a number of leading architectural practices. He now forms part of Arup’s Global Façade Engineering Leadership...
Associate Principal, Diller Scofidio + Renfro
Charles Berman is an Associate Principal who joined the studio in 2013. He received a Bachelor of Science in Design from Arizona State University and a Master of Architecture from the University of Pennsylvania. With over 30 years of experience,...
Principal Digital Practice Leader, Walter P Moore
Gustav Fagerström is Principal and co-founder with the Walter P Moore New York office, where as Digital Practice Leader he oversees design technology for Façade Engineering. Specializing in design computation he operates at the intersection of architecture, engineering and computer...
Director of Enclosure Design, Morphosis
Stan Su AIA, LEED AP BD+C is Senior Associate/Director of Enclosure Design at Morphosis Architects. He works with project teams in the development of enclosure systems and virtual design and construction (VDC) processes. He has extensive experience working in both...
Senior Principal, Heintges
Karen Brandt, AIA, leads the West Coast office of Heintges, an award-winning curtain wall consulting firm offering the highest level of expertise in the design and implementation of the building envelope.Since joining Heintges in 2001, she has managed numerous projects...
Project Design Manager, Permasteelisa North America
Emily Carr is a Project Design Manager at Permasteelisa North America, a design-build contractor of architectural envelopes and interior systems. At Permasteelisa North America, Emily manages the curtain wall design and modeling process, digital fabrication information, and technical coordination efforts...
Senior Project Leader, Studio Gang
Architect Zachary Heaps is a Senior Project Leader in Studio Gang’s Chicago office. During his tenure with the Studio, he has successfully led teams through design and construction for projects ranging from large-scale, mixed-use towers to higher education and civic...
Building Design and Construction Specialist, Dow
A LEED® Accredited Professional, Stanley is a building design and construction specialist for Dow. He has over 25 years experience in the global building enclosure industry working in curtain wall and exterior cladding contracting, as well as providing construction industry...
Area Sales Manager, Press Glass USA
George Sultage graduated from Pittsburgh Technical College (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania). He has held numerous positions in his 20+ year professional career. Early on in his career he gained crucial experience working at architectural and engineer firms. However, most of his career...
Marketing Director, Press Glass
Kazimierz Marciniak is Marketing Director for Press Glass SA, globally active glass processing company with production sites located in Europe and the USA. With more than 20 years of expertise in the marketing and sales field, he is responsible for...
Senior Partner, FXCollaborative
Dan Kaplan, FAIA, LEED AP, is a Senior Partner at FXCollaborative, and serves in a design and leadership capacity for many of the firm’s complex, award-winning urban buildings. Adept at creating large-scale, high-performance buildings and urban designs, Dan approaches each...
CEO, Withworks & Wisys Technology
Sungjin Kim, CEO of WITHWORKS & WISYS Technology, graduated from the Department of Architectural Engineering at Konkuk University and is currently researching and developing 3D design engineering and architectural Construction methods for DfMA to realize complex Geometry Facades and Parametric...
Head of Technical Advisory Service & Strategic Communication, Interpane
Michael Elstner is Director of Technical Advisory Service & Strategic Communication. He is a member of the managing board of the German Flat Glass Association and the Quality Association for Flat Glass. He is also a member of the Technical...
Commercial Manager, Kingspan Insulation North America
Andrew is the Commercial Manager for Kingspan Insulation North America, and specializes in high-performance insulation products. Originally from the UK, Andrew began his career in technical support and continued to grow into a consultative sales role, helping architects and developers...
Anchor Business Unit Manager, Hilti North America
Scott Rutledge is the Marketing Leader for the Anchoring Business Unit at Hilti North America. At Hilti, he also managed the Façade business development functions associated with Hilti Anchor Channel and spent 3 years in the San Francisco Bay Area...
Sales and Marketing Manager, Sherwin-Williams
After 13 years of service in the United States Navy as a member of the SEAL Teams and 12 years of R&D experience in the Aerospace industry, Mark MacDonald joined Sherwin-Williams Coil Coatings (formerly Valspar) where he manages the product...
Managing Director, NR Group
Attila Arian is a senior level executive with 30 years of progressively responsible experience in the German and American Construction and a known entity in the Façade industry. He has served as CEO of several German Design Build Contractors before...
Associate, Vidaris
Arbour has over 15 years of experience working on new construction projects, specializing as a façade system designer and consultant to architects. His professional work has been focused on the conception, detailing and construction of custom-designed building facades. He has...
Partner, BIG Group
Kai-Uwe Bergmann is a Partner at BIG who brings his expertise to proposals around the globe, including work in North America, Europe, Asia and the Middle East. KaiUwe heads up BIG’s business development which currently has the office working in...
VP - Global Product & R&D, Cosentino Group
Valentin is the worldwide R&D and Product and Innovation Director for Cosentino and is motivated by challenges both technical and strategic. He has strong technical skills honed by market insights after years of travelling around the world understanding market dynamics...
CEO, Calvi Holding Hot Extrusion Division
Pierre Münch serves as CEO of the Hot Extruded Division of the Calvi Holding group, the world leader in steel section shapes. The hot division of Calvi has got 3 companies (HoeschSchwerter Profile in Germany, Siderval in Italy and Cefival...
Head of Regulatory Affairs - Fire, Kingspan
Roy Weghorst is Head of Regulatory affairs at the Kingspan Group. During the time in this role he has developed extensive knowledge of construction products in relation to building fire safety and fire safety regulations. Not only the compliance and...
Principal - Façade Engineering, Thornton Tomasetti
Kenneth Zammit, is a director in Thornton Tomasetti’s Façade Engineering practice responsible for accelerating the team’s growth in the U.K. and the European region. He leads the innovation drive for the façade engineering team globally and is part of the...
Conference Agenda
  • Standing on the East River shoreline with Manhattan behind, Mayor Bill de Blasio sent a clear warning that the iconic skyline was due for a change: “We are going to introduce legislation to ban the glass and steel skyscrapers that have contributed so much to global warming. They have no place in our city or on our Earth anymore”
  • Does he have a point? Is the default choice of all-glass curtain walls—especially for larger developments—a good thing for building occupants, for the surrounding neighborhood, for the larger city, and for the planet?
  • What are the hurdles—market expectations, cost, constructability—in creating more energy efficient façades?
  • How can well-conceived façades improve occupant health and well-being, connect and contribute to surrounding contexts, and reduce energy in the process? What are the interesting design opportunities spurred by exploring more radically efficient building envelopes?
  • How to transform materials into delightful outcomes
  • The role of forming partnerships to develop innovation
  • Quality as a key element of the design
  • Biophilic design with glass
  • Color rendering index and glass performance
  • Building Focus: PNC Tower in Pittsburgh, 181 Fremont in San Francisco and Biblioteca at TEC Monterrey
  • The alchemy of art, science, analysis and intuition
  • Achieving transparency, daylight, comfort and efficiency
  • Fostering research-driven design
  • New cast-in anchor solution for thinner slabs and larger panels
  • How tighter timelines and higher edge of the slab movement requirements can be solved with new firestop innovation
  • Investigating evolving geometries for a range of ambitious structural solutions
  • Drawing inspiration from nature to seek optimum efficiencies
  • Creating dynamic mechanisms for flexible skins
  • Current state of practice
  • Tools for simulation and prediction technology
  • Future trends and products
  • How our physical environment is being formed by various forces. Life is always evolving; the world is always changing
  • No matter where the change comes from - climate change, demographic change, social change, migration, technological development, economic development or stagnation - whenever the world is changing, it creates new requirements, new conflicts and new opportunities
  • Whenever we see that transformation happen, we have an opportunity to accommodate that change, and literally... give form to the future
  • Is retrofitting all buildings within 10 years possible and is it a favourable measure?
  • Innovative façade replacement options for older buildings
  • Making greener buildings for better well-being and healthier environment for the future
  • Banning new inefficient glass-walled buildings - Is it a judicious move?

Christoph Timm

  • Energy drivers of building envelopes
  • Occupant comfort from façades
  • Performance as a design driver
  • Tuning glass façades with early stage parametric tools to balance solar gain with daylighting and cooling strategies
  • Addressing structural robustness, to mitigate wind-induced vibration of architectural building features and their associated condensation risk
  • Modern tools and methods to combine our holistic, total architecture approach to complementary, and conflicting, design parameters using data-driven apps
  • New opportunities in glass processing for commercial market
  • 3D GLASS - Freedom to Form!
  • Curvilinear architecture inspirations
  • Building enclosures that contribute to a project’s sustainability journey
  • Solutions that address long term durability and performance needs
  • Current innovative opportunities
  • Building codes now require laminated glass
  • Stiff interlayers improve post-breakage glass retention and environmental exposure
  • Structural glass railings offer design versatility
  • What are the challenges in ensuring that this rapid pace of evolution fosters innovation?
  • What methods do designers employ to keep up with the rapid evolution?
  • How important is it for designers to be more engaged with glass procurement?
  • In the constantly changing landscape, how relevant are performance specifications?

Sameer Kumar

  • Healthcare facilities are not always thought of as innovators in the world of architecture let alone façades as the focus is often on the systems innovation geared in the direct implementation of care. How Stanford’s new hospital features innovative façades that are designed to meet the building’s watershed earthquake resilience criteria
  • Stanford Hospital and Rockefeller University incorporate highly varied façades with each system reflecting diversity of programming, functioning and performance as well as responding to campus context and landscapes. How are the aesthetic and performance criteria for each system balanced with cost and constructability requirements?
  • Intelligent Building Information Modelling streamlines the process of designing, documenting, fabricating and installing complex façade systems. How is this achieved on dense, live campuses without interrupting operations?
  • How the projected ascent of building performance standards and the permeation of our industry by digital tools at all levels makes it both easier and more difficult to develop buildings that are durable, economical and inspiring
  • Looking at the interface of possibilities and constraints becoming more complex than ever and how novel solutions are emerging as we repeatedly bypass the status quo
  • A look at a few of today's projects which will explore potential practices for the future both near and far
  • What is Dekton?
  • Why Dekton is ideal for façades?
  • How do I make a Dekton façade in North America?
  • Large scale fire testing (BS8414 and NFPA 285)
  • Thermal and fire performance of today’s insulation technologies
  • The effects of changes in systems to its fire performance, a summary of research done on fire safety of systems with ACM claddings
  • Functional requirements of perimeter barrier firestop systems
  • Fire resistance testing for curtain walling and perimeter barriers and a transatlantic comparison of testing approach, criteria and experiences
  • The criticality of workmanship quality, and the need for installation inspection & reporting
  • Studio Gang, the project architect will share their vision on the concept and drivers behind the façade design
  • Heintges, the façade consultant will highlight the technical challenges and performance requirements
  • Permasteelisa, the façade contractor will explain the detailing, fabrication and installation of the units
  • Use of Texlon® ETFE systems in modern architecture
  • Benefits of ETFE
  • Challenges faced at “The Shed" in New York City and the new Las Vegas NFL Stadium “Allegiant Stadium” - Two different venues, which bring together passion and people
  • Understand end-uses and application methods for coil and extrusion coatings
  • Exploring options for achieving LEED and LBC credits using sustainable coatings
  • Reviewing key consideration for selecting and specifying sustainable coatings for buildings
      • Digital manufacturing with high-end technology
      • Construction method that uses digital manufacturing
      • Effort for clean and safe future construction environment
  • Innovation in architecture is often attributed to the application of new materials and technologies. How digitally-driven processes enable us to visualize, analyze and realize designs?
  • How we approach design, engineering, and construction with the promise to improve and evolve
  • What are the benefits and challenges in leveraging technology for the delivery of high-performance, sustainable, and complex façades?

Stan Su

  • Human evolution and managing the modern flood of data
  • Computing complex geometry: Jewel Changi Airport and other projects
  • Looking ahead: Closing the loop from expert systems to site QA
  • Challenges of modern curtain walls for the application of glass
  • Structural and thermal stress analysis
  • Design review
  • Collaboration with the project team, architect, curtain wall company and consultants
  • Understanding the origins of module based forming concepts for use in architectural precast concrete (APC)
  • Discovering the progression of the Oak Ridge National Lab research project surrounding the development of additive manufacturing for use in forming APC
  • How the project architect partnered with the manufacturer to realize the "Sugar Cube" design aesthetic of One South First, Site A of the Domino Sugar Factory redevelopment, designed by CookFox
  • International Procurement: Procuring bespoke façades suiting local requirements
  • Is the supply-only-contracts new go-to method?
  • Challenging the status quo: How are new players changing the façade delivery norms
  • Design assist appointments
  • Delivering improved construction partnering "Trust, Quality & Value"

Erik Verboon

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