79th Edition – Zak World of Façades United Kingdom

This was the 79th edition globally and the 5th edition in UK. It showcased the latest innovations and challenges in the construction industry pertaining to building envelopes and the latest technological solutions.

Speakers and Panelists
Technical Director, Barr Gazetas
Pre Construction Director - Façades, McLaren
Claire is fifteen years into her career in the construction industry, starting as a quantity surveyor, she has spent the last half of her career working in a pre-construction role focused on the design and procurement of major projects in...
Principal, Hoare Lea
Kathryn Woolley (Principal Air Quality Consultant) – at Hoare Lea based out of the Kings Cross office. During her air quality career she has been involved with a variety of projects from small school buildings prioritising natural ventilation to large...
Director, The Glass Company
Sanmukh is the founder of The Glass company that he set up after working for over 10 years in the glass industry and brings is specialist knowledge of complex and challenging glass assembly to fabricators and end clients to delivery...
Engineering Services - Head of Façades, John Sisk & Son
Ange has 36 years’ experience in the construction industry, specialising in façades and envelope solutions. The level of knowledge and understanding acquired has led to her being recognised as an expert in the field, who currently sits on three Government...
Chief Commercial Officer, The Clarison Group
John Foster CCO Chief Commercial Officer of The Clarison Group, leads the development of the Groups interests in the UK, previously holding corporate appointments as Commercial Director with listed construction businesses. John has over 28 years’ experience in the construction...
Associate - Fire Engineer, BB7
James Groves is an Associate Fire Engineer at BB7 who specializes in Fire Assurance Services, of which external wall fire safety is a big part. James is a Chartered Engineer and a Member of the Institution of Fire Engineers; he...
Managing Partner, Hofmann Façades Group
Philipp Hofmann is the Managing Partner at HOFMANN FAÇADES GROUP. He has over 20 years of experience in the façades and construction industry, gaining knowledge and experience both domestically and abroad in the design, manufacturing, unitization and installation of primarily...
Associate Director, Mace
Maria is an Architect (Arg.) with an extensive academic record and broad and diverse international experience. Her knowledge includes the full design process, design management, project management and delivery, as well as the consultation processes and procurement methodologies of contemporary...
Associate Director - Façades, Arup
Jonathan Wilson, an Associate Director at Arup, has extensive knowledge and experience of façade design and materials gained over many years of successful work on high end projects and mixed use developments. He is respected for his commercial and technical...
Deputy Technical Director, Bouygues UK
Since 2017 Marc has been in charge of developing an in-house building envelope expertise within Bouygues UK and Linkcity UK. Working alongside design consultants, specialist contractors, manufacturers and other technical leads within the Bouygues Group he has been implementing new...
Project Director & Sustainable Design Lead, Stanhope
Adam is Sustainable Design Lead and a Project director at Stanhope. Stanhope’s overriding objective is to leave a legacy of sustainable improvement to the build environment. It is a founder member of the UK Green Building Council and a signatory...
Head of Research and Innovation, Cundall
Director, DMWR Architects
John joined DMWR Architects in 1986, having worked both freelance and in the public sector in London and the South East. He became an Associate of the practice two years later and a Partner in 1995. John performs a client-facing...
Technical Director - Façade Engineering, Mott MacDonald
Clive is the Leader of Mott MacDonald’s Façade Design and Engineering Team in London with responsibility to the Regional Directors.  He is internationally known as a specialist in facade design and engineering of high profile building projects; ranging from small...
Global Product Manager, Tenmat
Chris Thompson has been involved in the passive fire protection industry for over 20 years. He has extensive experience in the R&D, fire testing, certification and development of passive fire protection and firestopping materials for the construction market. This includes...
Partner, Allies & Morrison
Jo is an architect, managing partner at Allies and Morrison and most recently partner in charge of 100 Bishopsgate, leading a collaborative team on a highly complex project comprising a tower and neighbouring buildings in the City of London for...
Managing Principal - Architecture, Perkins & Will / Penoyre & Prasad
Across the last two decades at Penoyre & Prasad, and now as part of the Perkins&Will family, Mark’s projects have consistently explored how, through design, we can build beautiful places, deliver value in its widest sense, and minimise our collective...
Founder, Patrick Ryan Associates
Patrick is a façade engineering consultant with 35 years’ experience in the façade industry. He launched Patrick Ryan Associates 25 years ago and prior to that he, ran a façade consultancy within a well-known multidisciplinary practice for 10 years. Patrick...
Sales Director - Active Glass, AGC Glass Europe
Bassel Glore is Sales Director and Business Development Manager at AGC Glass Europe for the Active Glass solutions: SunEwat and Glassiled. AGC is the world leader in flat glass and its Active Glass division fully commits to developing the right...
Director of DfMA, HTA Design
Alex Hughes has over twenty years’ international experience in built environment working with specialist companies developing, manufacturing and assembling intelligent systems, innovative materials and ‘production-friendly’ processes. His current role is part of the Sustainable Futures team at HTA Design LLP...
Partner, Hawkins\Brown
Nigel is a partner at Hawkins\Brown, a practice of around 300 people with studios in London, Manchester, Edinburgh and Los Angeles. He co-leads the Specialist Design Studio with a focus on project delivery and offsite. He has led the development...
Technical Director - Envelopes, AKTII
Jose Montes is the technical director within the envelopes team of the design-led engineering practice AKT II and is currently overseeing the envelopes design for many large developments internationally. He originally gained his master’s in mechanical engineering with the University...
Group Managing Director, SE Controls
Will Perkins is the Group Managing Director of smoke and natural ventilation specialists SE Controls. The Group which operates in the UK, Europe, Middle East, Africa, India and Asia has been developing innovative automation solutions with the façade industry for...
Business Manager EU Ultraperformance Solutions, Kingspan
Tobias Wild-Blatt is the Business Manager EU Ultraperformance Solutions at Kingspan Insulation Europe. He has studied Architecture and holds an eMBA degree from the Maastricht School of Management. In his current role he is supporting the Sales Team of Kingspan...
Associate / Sustainability Manager, Grimshaw
Partner, Squire & Partners
Murray joined Squire & Partners in 1995 and has spent over 25 years successfully delivering prestigious commercial, residential and hotel projects. Since becoming a Partner in 2000 he has led the design of notable projects such as award-winning Noah’s Ark,...
Senior Associate, Thornton Tomasetti
Michael Clarke is a Senior Associate in the façade engineering practise at Thornton Tomasetti in their London office. He is a chartered Architect in the UK and has over 12 years of experience in the design and documentation of façade...
Senior Associate, Thornton Tomasetti
Leandro Heine is a Façade Engineer with a background in sustainable architecture and design. He joined Thornton Tomasetti in 2015 where he is currently Senior Associate in the London team. Leandro has more than 15 years of experience in the...
Director, Make Architects
Katy joined Make in 2004 and is one of the practice’s four directors. She oversees some of the practice’s highest profile projects and has worked on a broad range of workplace, residential and mixed use schemes during her career. She...
Director, Make Architects
Jason is one of the practice’s four directors. He joined Make when it was founded in 2004 and has played a key role in establishing it as an award-winning international practice, leading many high-profile residential and office projects, including the...
Associate - Building Physics and Sustainability Lead, FMDC
Gianluca is an Associate at FMDC, one of the top façade and materials consultancies in the UK. He is a façade engineer with a strong background in building envelope physics; before moving to the UK, he completed a PhD in...
Founder and Principal, Eric Parry Architects
Head of Major Projects, Saint-Gobain Glass
As a prominent figure in the London façade community, David brings over 28 years of experience to his role as Director of Major Projects at Saint-Gobain Glass. Having developed his expertise with specialist façade contractors and as a consultant for...
Associate Façade Consultant, Ramboll
Aneel formerly of Wintech is now an Associate at Ramboll in their Birmingham office. He has been over ten years in the industry, gaining knowledge and experience in the design of facades in a wide range of materials, from concept...
Partner, Buro Happold
Ana Araujo leads the UK Façades team of Buro Happold, based in London. With 17 years of international experience, including all stages of the design cycle, Ana focused her expertise in façade diagnostic, due diligence and refurbishment from Georgian listed...
Head of Façade Engineering, Schüco International
Stefan carries a doctoral degree in structural engineering and has further accomplishments in Business Administration and Management of Vlerick Business School. With more than 20 years of experience in the building and construction industry, he is an experienced head of...
UK Head of Specification, Effisus
Miguel Silva has a relevant past experience of more than 20 years in the construction industry covering a wide range of façade systems in the weatherproofing thematic as well as special refurbishment, recladding and remedial works. With over 100 major...
Head of Technical - Façades, Kier
Gabriel Pierazzini recently joined Kier as the lead façade in house specialist. He has over 35 years’ experience in the design and delivery of complex façade projects working in Europe, Middle East, China, and Australia. Since Gabriel arrived in the...
Chief Business Development Officer, Staticus
With an international background, Aulikki Sonntag’s professional experience reaches from technical design to executive façade work throughout all project planning phases. She has successfully executed a large variety of façade systems, ranging from high-rise unitized to complex custom design. Pursuing...
Associate Director | Façade Engineering, Meinhardt Façade Technology
Aibi Osunde-Ogbebor is an Associate at Meinhardt UK, London office. With a background in Architecture, she completed a Masters in Façade Engineering at the University ofBath in 2007. She has since spent the last 13 years working in Façade Engineering...
Head of Façades, Proctor Group
James Brackenreed-Johnston joined the A. Proctor Group in 2019 as Specification Manager for the London Area. James has many years of experience in the high rise sector, focusing on façade design, regulation compliance and innovation. By advocating a systems based...
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 Pre-Construction Services, Schüco International
Stephen Tanno graduated from The University of Southampton in 1987 and worked as a Consulting Engineer for the next 16 years, including 5 years with Ove Arup in Sydney and 8 years as Group Director with Buro Happold, where he...
Head of Façade Engineering, Sir Robert McAlpine
Simone Starnini is a Civil Engineer from the University of Bologna (Italy) and PennState University (USA). His career includes seven years with curtain walling specialist contractor Focchi, during which time he occupied senior positions and delivered a number of large...
Head of Façades, Skanska UK
Saverio is Head of Façades at Skanska U.K., a leading construction company and developer. He provides building envelope technical leadership while overseeing and coordinating the façade package management on all projects. As an experienced cladding specialist, Saverio manages all façade-related...
Director, Henriksen Studio
Thomas has a high level of experience in structural and facade engineering across a wide range of buildings and infrastructure projects. Previous roles include Global Facade Leader at Mott MacDonald Ltd, Technical Director at Waagner-Biro Stahlbau AG, Technical Director at...
Director – Leader Façade UK, Arup
Russell is the leader of Arup’s façade business in the UK. Russell has a background in façade and structural engineering and specialises in the design, assessment and construction of all types of façade systems for a broad range of buildings....
Head of Façades, Multiplex
Neil has over 15 years’ experience in the façade industry including 13 years delivering major façade projects in London for main contractors. Neil studied construction management and subsequently an MSc in Façade Engineering and has worked on many iconic buildings...
Principal | London Office Director, Thornton Tomasetti
Leigh Easden, Principal and Co Office Director at Thornton Tomasetti, is a Façade Engineer with over 20 years’ experience in the construction industry. During this time he has been involved with a diverse assortment of building types in various locations,...
High Performance Product Manager - Northern Europe, Kuraray
Allan Gibson is based in Oxford and for the past 18 years, Allan has managed the supply and specification of specialist materials used in the construction industry in the UK and Middle East. Now responsible for the Trosifol PVB and...
Design Director, Reef Group
Sam joined Reef Group as a Design Director in 2018. He has lead the design of some companies most prestigious schemes including Cavendish Square in London. He oversees the design and management of a broad spectrum of complex mixed use...
Director, Centre for Window and Cladding Technology
David Metcalfe is a physics graduate with a Master’s degree in Façade Engineering. As Director of CWCT he is responsible for all of the Centre’s technical and training output. He lectures extensively on the subject of building physics, glass and...
Director - Head of Façade Engineering, WSP
A Chartered Structural Engineer by profession, Steve Bosi has been working in façade engineering consultancy for over 25 years. During this time he has gained significant experience in the design and construction of building envelopes for a variety of buildings...
Director of Façade Engineering, Eckersley O’Callaghan
Damian established Eckersley O’Callaghan’s facade engineering group in 2012 and today leads a team of 30 engineers in London while supporting offices in the US, Hong Kong and Sydney. EOC has built a reputation for design and innovation across structures...
Global Head - Façade Supply Chain, Lendlease
John Downes is the Global Head of Facades for Lendlease . He has 30 + years’ experience in the façade, construction and real estate development industry. John holds an MSc Façade Engineering from the University of Bath and is a...
Director, Arup Architecture
Nick Jackson is the Director within Arup’s architecture group with a focus on commercial property and workplace sectors. He has led teams on many successful major projects over the last two decades including office, mixed use, and residential developments, as...
Conference Agenda
  • Designing and constructing contemporary buildings that relate to and respect their historical context
  • The shift from traditional materials being used in traditional ways to modern methods of construction
  • Collaborating with specialist craftspeople to produce crafted façades
  • Designing for changing climate conditions
  • Adapting façades for future needs
  • Mitigating the impact of extreme weather events
  • Supporting a low-carbon energy network
  • Building for tomorrow, what is the optimal granularity to make a relevant impact on sustainably
  • Between Kyoto and a pair of sneakers
  • What is the impact on our mind-set and activities in the industry, along the whole value chain
  • The potential impact of the Building Safety Bill and the Golden Thread on our work
  • How will we use information and data to complete and deliver projects and pass critical information
  • Importance of traceability for sustainability as well as safety
  • Recovering end-of-life glass in a commercial world
  • Ceramic: The ceramic perimeter brise-soleil of One North, Singapore
  • Steel: The Corten exo-skeleton of 4 Pancras Square, King’s Cross London
  • Stone: The Stone Piers of Chelsea Barracks on Chelsea Bridge Road, London
  • How can DfMA assist in achieving UK’s construction ambition to deliver projects in half the time, with half the carbon, and for two-thirds of the cost?
  • Bespoke versus standardised: What are the cost benefit which can be looked at through DfMA?
  • How can stakeholder involvement to enhance the collaborative relationship for better products?
  • Is DfMA the new value engineering tool?

Saverio Pasetto

  • Making informed decisions through combined LCA/LCC analysis
  • Integrating circular construction principles
  • Lessons learnt through case studies
  • The ideal low-carbon façade
  • Operational vs embodied carbon challenges
  • The ‘sustainable’ way forward
  • Whole life cycle carbon emissions of a building and the importance of embodied energy
  • Comparing embodied carbon and operational energy to understand two different façade typologies in large scale residential development
  • Potential alternative materials and processes to reduce embodied carbon with interim targets and future work
  • Analysing reduction of carbon emissions along with durability and procurement issues
  • Contributing to the connectivity of a building with dynamic glass
  • Increasing the occupant’s comfort, well-being and achieving sustainability goals
  • Case studies: Dynamic façades in the UK
  • Clarity in combination with colour, functionality & design: How they can be represented in different construction types
  • Safety and security can be creative and attractive: Using non-linear creative thinking to explore imaginative possibilities
  • Considering additional complimentary features that can add benefit to the cost of ownership
  • Role of façades in the construction sector’s roadmap to CO2nstruct Zero
  • Material passports and circular economy: Ensure a sustainable pathway to construction?
  • Material of the future: Making solicitous choice with reduced embodied carbon levels
  • London 2030 Net-Zero Carbon target: Where are we at and what can the industry collectively do to achieve the goal?
  • Inside: Façades impacting experience of building from the inside, explaining a human façade, interior architecture and the influence of the building envelope
  • Out: Façades as a means to influence climatic change, external and internal environment and also low carbon façade, explaining façade materiality, reuse and repurposing of the building envelope, façades which integrate structure, allow the building to breathe, maintain low carbon
  • Future Façade: Façade of future mediating between the inside and out, not only influencing the internal environment but providing an intelligent and responsive ‘skin’, considering not only the internal occupants but giving back to its environment explaining carbon sink, algae façade
  • Façades that are intelligent and responsive which understand environmental conditions and building occupants
  • Designing envelopes of train stations with a case study on the HS2 Old Oak Common station
  • An update on the CWCT/SFE guidance
  • Impacts of the amended regulations
  • Further areas of research
  • Hackitt and The Golden Thread: The journey of a façade fire safety product, from planning to post occupancy
  • Implications of the building safety bill
  • Technology in the future of compliance
  • Breather & AVCL membranes & systems
  • Overview on solutions fully tested and approved, since 2011 covering 100% of UK façade applications
  • The importance of weatherproofing design - Case studies
  • Challenges of retrospective fire assessments and remedial changes on existing non-safe buildings
  • How do building safety bill / fire safety bill affect the way facades are designed?
  • Changes in fire codes: Where does the cladding industry stand?
  • Golden thread and live compliance: How does it help in high rise safety, and what are the implementation challenges?
  • Refreshing and updating existing buildings offers our industry the great opporutunity to avoid the ecological impact of new buildings
  • 1 Triton Square is a great contemporary project that shows how far reuse of the building façade can be taken
  • How the marginal gain strategy was key to the success of 1 Triton Square
  • The importance of the analysis and understanding of existing façade fabric
  • The lead of heritage buildings in low embodied carbon solutions
  • Examples of challenges to overcome to meet sustainability requirements
  • Overview on technical limitations of conventional materials, façade systems and envelope typologies to translate complex design visions into built form
  • Ilona Rose House: Mixed-use building featuring brass, GRC, steel, aluminium and ceramic cladding at different levels of the building, tied together by the use of an embossed motif which required a detailed understanding of the limitations of each material to incorporate consistently
  • Hoxton Press: A residential project where the entirety of the opaque external envelope is expressed in flush pointed brickwork which required an unconventional fixing methodology to continue the brick expression around recessed balconies and the vaulted ceiling on the ground floor spaces
  • The benefits of an external air barrier to limit penetrations
  • Detailing of building design: Reveals and penetrations
  • Hygrothermal (i.e. WUFI) assessment methods
  • Maintaining ventilation whilst also limiting vertical fire spread
  • Intumescent technology - How does it work?
  • Fire barrier types
  • Design considerations and challenges post Covid for naturally ventilated façades
  • Maintaining IAQ as well as the IEQ
  • Existing building stock: Key refurbishments strategies for ventilating existing buildings
  • Mixed-mode and natural ventilation: What are the future façade design adaptations for better tenant wellbeing?
  • Natural ventilation for air quality
  • Natural ventilation to control overheating
  • Natural ventilation and the challenge accommodating through double skin facades
  • Carbon Impact: Façade materials & buildings
  • Carbon Navigator: Low carbon materials & façade systems
  • Case Studies: Carbon footprint reduced façade designs
  • The general uptake of positions in EPC by women remains very low, how can we inspire them to take it up as a career choice from a young age?
  • The traditional role of male site/project manager has certain connotations, can women in fact be more suited for such roles?
  • To what extent does flexible work arrangements post-covid allow more women to take up offsite roles in design and project management?
  • What specific qualities can women bring to make a difference to the way projects are managed and keep teams motivated?
  • Tapping the scope of having women in leadership roles
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