75th Edition – Zak World of Façades Saudi Arabia

This was the 75th global edition and 2nd edition in Saudi Arabia. It showcased the latest innovations and challenges in the construction industry pertaining to building envelopes and the latest technological solutions.

Speakers and Panelists
Principal Architect, Saudconsult
Abed has over two decades of global expertise in Architectural, Engineering, Urban Design, and Landscape Architecture. His experience ranges from varies-scale and type of projects planned environments to detailed design & Tender documents, with a variety of clients, including higher...
Engineering Manager, Al Bawani
Ghiath Allouni is the Engineering Manager at AL BAWANI Co.Ltd. Prior to this he was the Projects Director at SAUDI BINLADIN GROUP, Riyadh. He has over 32 years of experience and has worked in places like Syria, France & Saudi...
Director, Koltay Façades
Sergi Castel (BSc Arch Eng) has a solid and extensive experience of more than 20 years in the sector, including system development and design, procurement, construction and site installation. His architectural background and contracting side experience gives a unique combination...
Partner, Bauporte Group
Paul Haslam has been a façade professional for more than 25 years. He began his journey in the 1990’s with Schmidlin, arguably one of the best in the business and had the benefit of working on some of London’s most...
Design Manager, Qiddiya
Deputy Construction Manager - Façades, Parsons Middle East
Director, JLL
Director – Operations, Joule Group
David Black is the Middle East Director of Joule Group, a boutique Fire Engineering Practice based in Doha, Dubai, and the UK. A Principal Fire Safety Engineer he holds an MSc in Fire Protection Engineering. David has gained a wide...
Associate - Façade Consultant, AESG
Marina Kindelan has been a key member of AESG’s Façade Team for three years, where she has been involved in the delivery of a number of complex facade projects in both design and construction. Recent additions to her portfolio include...
Sales Director Middle East, Vector Foiltec
Peter Key has gained over 35 years’ experience in the construction industry starting his career with Saint Gobain, in their glazing sector. He has spent the last 14 years working for Vector Foiltec – the market leaders in Texlon® ETFE...
Business Developer Façade, Serge Ferrari
Stephane Riondet is a Mechanical Engineer who graduated in 1993. He is working in the construction market since 1999. He worked on Indoor and outdoor finishing solutions for professional and DIY applications as the European Marketing Manager at 3M. Stephane...
Regional Manager - Middle East, Trespa International
Aasim Shaik is the regional lead for Trespa Meteon in the MENA region, with 8+ years of experience in the ventilated facades industry. He has worked closely with a diverse range of prestigious projects and prominent architect houses in the...
Partner/KSA General Manager, Dar Al Omran
With more than (30) years of experience, arch. Sami Sabbagh is a DAO ” Partner / Architect & Head of Urban Planning since 2001. In addition to his professional work, Sami engages with the BAU University and his academic experience...
Senior Associate, Zaha Hadid Architects
Fabian Hecker joined ZHA in 2002 and has since worked on projects including offices, hospitality, cultural buildings, retail interiors, mixed-use developments, and urban masterplans predominantly in Europe and the Middle East.
General Manager, Siderise Group
Sreenivas Narayanan (“Sreeni”) is Façade Specification & Compliance Officer at Siderise Insulation Limited, in charge of the Middle East and India regions.   He has over a decade’s experience in sales, business development, and new market development, the majority of...
Managing Director - MEIA, Technoform
Alex Dantziguian is the Managing Director of Technoform Middle East, based in Dubai. TECHNOFORM, is the global leader based in Germany with worldwide know-how on thermal insulation of doors, windows, & façades for over 40 years. With 11 production plants...
Managing Director, Priedemann
Micha Pawelka is a Managing Director of the Priedemann group and is based in Dubai. Handling the role of business development for the Middle East projects, he is in charge of all sales and marketing activities, implementation of the business...
Director, Koltay Façades
Agnes Koltay has a Masters degree in Architecture (Hungary, USA) and in Façade Engineering (UK) and worked with award winning architects and multidisciplinary engineering companies before founding Koltay Façades, a boutique façade engineering consultancy firm, in 2011. She is the...
Head of Sales Europe and Middle East, Vector Foiltec
Phil Schneider is Head of Sales Europe & Middle East and is responsible for the implementation of global sales processes within the Vector Foiltec Group. With a view on technology and engineering, but also on processes, overall solutions and the...
Technical Director, Schüco Middle East
Alastair Common was born in UK (1976) and finished his Civil Engineering studies with Honors. He started his career in the façade industry in 2002 and has since then obtained a wealth of knowledge through experience gained in Italy, Ireland,...
Head of Pre-sales Department, GEZE Middle East
Anthony Makhlouf, Head of Pre-sales Department at GEZE Middle East, a background of Design and innovation with a Master’s Degree in Interior design and graphics, 10 years of Experience in the field of Specification and Special services for architects, consultants,...
Associate Director, Skidmore Owings and Merrill
Martin Liepmann has 20 years’ experience gained delivering a variety of challenging projects around the world. At Skidmore Owings and Merrill, he is a Senior Leader within the London office, where he excels in understanding the technical challenges and solutions...
Conference Agenda
  • Façade function and proportionate cost
  • The importance of design and execution quality
  • How to guide reliable from concept to as-built
  • Thermal comfort & solar protection
  • Visual comfort & glare control
  • Dynamic façades with day/night effect
  • Design driven innovation
  • Case study on the King Abdullah Petroleum Studies and Research Center (KAPSARC), Riyadh and across projects in the region
  • Public spaces as recreation centers
  • Building new environments with ETFE
  • Case study on “The Avenues”, Kuwait’s largest shopping mall
  • Need for a change to the way we design buildings
  • Smart design - Parametric design
  • Data collection
  • Case study on the Al Fattan Crystal Towers, Dubai
  • How the design evolved from stick to unitised curtain wall system
  • Simplifying complex façade geometry
  • Digitalization: Your daily fix!
  • A narrative of vernacular façade design
  • How to approach regional needs and climate challenges in Kuwait?
  • Towards a collaborative vernacular façade design approach
  • Most common reasons for budget overruns
  • Practical tips from experienced façade consultants
  • Examples of cost efficient but high performing solutions
  • Watchlist for your next project
  • Creating that first impression
  • Building a 7m tall revolving door
  • Case study on the Museum of the Future in Dubai, the region's largest all glass revolving doors
  • Outline of the problem
  • Discussion of the regulatory environment
  • Discussion of the risk methodology
  • A review of the fundamental requirements from first principals
  • Highlighting the critical interface between the floor slab and the façade system
  • Development of best practice to control external and internal vertical fire spread
  • Case studies of High Pressure Laminates (HPL) projects in Middle East & around the world visavis alternatives
  • Functional performance of HPL, suited for the Middle East conditions
  • Compliance with Middle East regulations
  • Integrating the right assessment models for getting the most value out of façades
  • Value engineering versus value extortion: Is it cost reduction for diminished value?
  • Continuing the process improvisations for best practices
  • Value engineering for bespoke façade procurement to suit local requirements

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