78th Edition – Zak World of Façades UAE

This will be the 78th global edition and the 6th edition in UAE 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
Technical Director - Head of Façade Engineering, AESG
Belarmino is Technical Director at AESG where he leads facade engineering and parametric design. With a strong academic background in Architecture, environmental design and construction technologies, he brings a unique approach to the construction industry based on care for architectural...
Commercial & Corporate Relations Director, Effisus
Paulo Carvalho is Effisus commercial & corporate relations director, supporting the business with his skill set and experience in the international building construction industry. With a solid experience on sales, management, product development, and business strategy, his current focus is...
Manager Sales & Business Development - Middle East, Saint-Gobain SageGlass
Since mid-2015, Alain Garnier is in charge of developing the SageGlass business for Saint-Gobain in the Middle East, based out of Dubai. His goal is to support continued and sustainable growth for SageGlass dynamic glazing and to address this new...
Director, UNStudio
Frans van Vuure, Director at UNStudio, joined the company in 2008, bringing a wealth of experience translating design concepts into technical and feasible construction processes. Apart from his knowledge of complex geometries, interiors and detailing, he is an equipped communicator...
Business Development Manager - MEA, AGC
Nikolay Kolomiychenko graduated from Russian State Aviation Technological University in 2001, All-Russia Academy for Foreign Trade in 2002, Russian Higher Commercial Management School in 2007, IMD Loisanne in 2012. He has 5 years of design activities experience in aviation mechanical engineering and...
Architecture Head, Department of Culture and Tourism Abu Dhabi
Mark is the Head of Architecture for Abu Dhabi’s Department of Culture & Tourism. He is a past Branch President and longstanding member of the Royal Institute of British Architects and a former member of the Institute of Historic Building...
Associate - Façade Engineering, Arup
Mercedes is a qualified architect and holds a master’s degree in façade engineering. She has fifteen years of work experience including ten years at the multi-disciplinary engineering consultancy firm Arup where she works as façade specialist. She has been involved...
Design Manager, Abu Dhabi Future Energy Company (Masdar City)
Design Director, Nikken Sekkei
Yoshiyuki Uchiyama joined Nikken Sekkei in 2015 after he worked for National Stadium Tokyo in Zaha Hadid Architects. Which Nikken Sekkei was the lead local architect for the project. He had earned variety of experiences in many different part of...
Managing Director, JT + Partners
Joe Tabet is an exceptional multi-award-winning architect with +20years extensive experience in worldwide architecture, construction industry, master-planning and urban design. Since establishing JT+Partners in 2015, with offices in Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Beirut, Joe continuously demonstrates excellent records of initiating/ leading...
Farah Naz Buro Happold
Sustainability Team Leader, BuroHappold Engineering
Having gained construction sector experience in the UK, USA, and UAE, including working with the Copenhagen Government to develop green city initiatives and other sustainability policies, Farah now oversees sustainability in Dubai for BuroHappold Engineering. She’s heavily involved in developing...
Matthew Engele
Principal, Woods Bagot
Matthew is Woods Bagot’s Middle East Regional Design Leader and Principal in the Dubai studio. He is responsible for leading the design of the architecture department. A specialist in sustainable design, Matthew has a wide range of experience in projects...
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...
Principal Architect - ME, Atkins
British Architect and Urban Designer with over 25 years experience in the UK, Asia and the Middle East, working on several large scale Retail, Residential and Mixed Use Developments. Kourosh has successfully completed a number of major projects in the...
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 Façades, Ramboll Middle East
Benjamin has been working as a façade professional for more than 17 years with projects around the world and long-term positions in London, New York, Dubai and Stuttgart. After building up and heading the Dubai office of Werner Sobek in...
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,...
Managing Director, Schüco Middle East
Ammar Alul is the Managing Director of Schüco Middle East which is the regional headquarters of Schüco International KG that’s responsible for eleven countries across the Region.  He has been in the Middle East since 1996 and has held several...
Technical Director, Meinhardt Façade Technology
Michelle graduate as an Architect with the PUC-PR University – Brazil. In the first years of her career she gained experience as an architect working in Brazil and Australia. In 2004, she has completed a Masters Degree in Structural and...
Marketing Manager - EMEA, High Performance Building Solutions, Dow Performance Silicones
Markus Plettau is Marketing Manager – EMEA, High Performance Building Solutions at Dow Performance Silicones. He is based in Wiesbaden, Germany. Markus leads the marketing activities for High Performance Building Solutions in Europe which look at developing and implementing silicone and silicone based...
President & Design Director, NORR
Yahya Jan is President & Design Director at NORR. With over 30 years of global experience, Yahya leads the design efforts of the group’s operations in the Middle East and Asia. Yahya undertook his undergraduate and graduate studies in the...
Conference Agenda
  • Innovations that made an impact
  • Trends in sustainability, reusability, building performance
  • Future disruptors in the industry
  • How the concept for this tower is a result of design Integration and the symbiotic relationship between form, structure and façade
  • Parametrically modeled for optimization, the façade of this tower responds to changes in geometry
  • Sculpted in glass, the shaping of this tower is based on wind tunnel and computational fluid dynamic modeling
  • Contributing to the connectivity of a building with dynamic glass
  • Increasing the occupant’s comfort and well-being
  • Case studies: Dynamic façades in the UAE
  • The impression of the envelope
  • The substance of the façade
  • A narrative of context culture and content
  • Challenges of the changing world
  • Back to the future: Reviewing existing & new technologies
  • Major design considerations for sustainable building envelopes
  • New local, regional and worldwide trends in construction consulting methodology
  • Changing demands for facade consultancy businesses locally, regionally and worldwide
  • Predicting the future of construction, the utter importance of sustainable approach
  • “Cherry picking” the right façade system for the right application
  • The secret to designing a sword façade
  • Digitalisation: your daily fix
  • How can we answer the need for comfort and well-being in the skin of buildings
  • How do we control the rationality of providing that well-being
  • Are we able to transform the city’s existing envelopes and make them more sustainable?
  • Façade through history
  • The relationship between the building Façade, the urban fabric & the society
  • The future of façade & beyond
  • Enabling design freedom and building functionality with advanced technologies
  • Optimizing safety and security of high rise construction
  • The proven contribution of silicone materials to façade quality and longevity
  • Is it really something new?
  • The disconnection between a sustainable design and the execution
  • The façade design of the new DEWA Headquarter Dubai
  • What are A2 class fire rated weatherproofing membranes?
  • Bespoke solutions for façade weatherproofing
  • Not only ultra weatherable but also eco-friendly and sustainable coatings
  • Not only sustainable but also broad design options for beautiful architecture
  • Increasing examples of global projects
  • Sick building syndrome and the influence of modern façades
  • Human centric optimized façades seen from a historical perspective
  • Design options for thermal comfort and occupants wellbeing
  • Optimized spectral transmittance and colour temperature of low-emissivity coated glass façades
  • 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
  • Making sustainable façade design and construction viable
  • Circular economy: Smart façades through responsible consumption, production and recycling
  • How stringent are the ways paved for creating environmentally friendly infrastructure
  • Greener buildings for enhanced well-being and healthier environments inside and outside

Yoshiyuki Uchiyama, Design Director, Nikken Sekkei
Mercedes Gargallo, Associate - Façade Engineering, Arup
Gonzalo A. Seminario, Design Manager, Abu Dhabi Future Energy Company (Masdar City)
Kourosh Salehi, Design Director, LWK + PARTNERS
Farah Naz, Sustainability Team Leader, BuroHappold Engineering
Matthew Engele, Principal, Woods Bagot

Event Details
  • 78th Edition – Zak World of Façades UAE, March 16, 2021, The Conrad
  • Start Date
    March 16, 2021 8:00 am
  • End Date
    March 16, 2021 3:25 pm
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