91st Edition – Zak World of Façades Canada

This will be the 91st edition globally and the 1st edition in Toronto which will showcase sustainable innovations and challenges in the construction industry pertaining to the building envelope and will also display the latest technological solutions.

Speakers and Panelists
Chief Development Officer, Mizrahi Developments
Joshua Lax brings a variety of experience to Mizrahi Developments. Having worked on a diverse portfolio of mixed use real estate assets across North America, he is able to offer hands-on, on-site involvement with each of the Mizrahi projects. Joshua...
International Business Manager, AGC Interpane
With a background as an architect, have been in the Glass Industry for the last 30 years. Started at Cricursa, a highly specialized company on curved and difficult dimensional shapes. Opened the world market and have participated on a long...
Senior Associate | Director of Sustainable Design + Building Innovation, MJMA Architecture & Design
With more than 25 years of experience designing award-winning, precedent-setting projects, John has established a track record of designing buildings that surpass the highest sustainability and energy-efficiency benchmarks. Joining MJMA in 2018, his position on MJMA’s design team brings to...
Principal | Regional Practice Area Leader, Gensler
Steven Paynter’s leadership has been instrumental in the firm’s continued growth in the Toronto market. He oversees a studio of 40+ architects and designers with responsibility for projects that span large scale master planning, complex adaptive reuse and repositioning projects,...
President, Picco Group
Mike is President of Picco Group, parent company to Picco Structures, an innovative GTA structural engineering practice providing building engineering and design services; and Picco Engineering, North American leaders in stone façade design & consultancy services for over 30 years....
Principal, Teeple Architects
As a Principal at Teeple Architects, Tomer plays a key leadership role in the firm while leading projects in higher education, performing arts, residential and mixed-use development. Since joining the practice is 2008, Tomer has helped guide the design and...
Market Development Manager, Eastman
Michael Ondrus is the Americas Market Development Manager with Eastman’s Advanced Interlayers Group, which offers Saflex® and Vanceva® interlayers for laminated glass. His background includes over 20 years of glass industry experience in the architectural and specialty glass segments. He...
Regional Façade Sales Manager, Cosentino
Dean has a 30-year history in the building materials and construction industry ranging from quality management to senior sales management focused on the building envelope. His approach is solution based and consultative. Dean provides practical knowledge to help with design...
Associate | Building Envelope Consultant, Arup
Sudhir is an Associate in the Arup Toronto office. He specializes in integrating architectural design, building physics, daylighting, and structural engineering through digital design skills to provide a holistic approach to building envelope design. Sudhir has worked with multiple disciplines...
Associate Principal, Front Inc
Evan Levelle currently heads Front’s London office, having worked with Front in New York and Hong Kong since 2007. His work has primarily focused on designing bespoke and complex cladding systems, developing and implementing strategies for global sourcing of materials...
Principal, Montgomery Sisam Architects
Enda McDonagh is a Principal at Toronto-based practice, Montgomery Sisam Architects Inc. Enda came to Montgomery Sisam ten years ago with an impressive pedigree of work overseas. He has since helped guide a number award-winning projects in mental health, formative...
Regional General Manager, Reynaers Aluminium
Piero Delucia is a Regional General Manager at Reynaers Aluminum focused on developing successful organizations worldwide. Having a background as a Building Engineer-Architect, he spent more than 15 years in the architectural and building envelope domain gaining experience in technology,...
Principal | Façade Engineering, Morrison Hershfield
Anik is a senior building envelope engineer and project manager in Morrison Hershfield’s Façade Engineering team. In recent years, her focus has shifted to early building envelope design, which has allowed her to have a greater impact on building envelope...
Partner, Moriyama & Teshima Architects
Carol Phillips is a Partner at Moriyama & Teshima Architects (MTA) and a Fellow of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada. Her passionate drive for powerful and graceful architectural solutions has been honed over a span of 20 years. Carol’s...
Senior Principal | Building Sciences, WSP
Hamid is the leader of WSP Façade Center of Excellence in Canada. Hamid sets direction for WSP’s major projects leading to Client success, while sharing knowledge and growing his team’s technical expertise across regions. Hamid collaborates with our WSP’s global...
Principal, WZMH Architects
Harrison Chan, a Principal at WZMH Architects in Toronto, has been responsible for numerous high-profile, large-scale, and complex projects ranging from adaptive re-use and full building retrofits to new construction. His client portfolio includes government agencies, utility companies, and established...
Building and Material Sciences Specialist, EllisDon Corporation
Principal, RJC Engineers
John is a renowned engineer for his expertise in structural glass and façade engineering. His European training and drive to solve challenging problems helps developers and designers realize their extraordinary glass and façade projects. John’s work includes features like the...
Founding Partner, KPMB
Shirley Blumberg is a founding partner of KPMB Architects and a Member of the Order of Canada for her contributions to architecture and community. She has designed many of the firm’s noteworthy and award-winning projects that range in scale, from...
Principal, WZMH Architects
Zenon Radewych is a Principal at Toronto-based WZMH Architects. He has directed multi-disciplinary consultant teams on some of the firm’s largest projects. In 2017, Zenon has spearheaded the firm’s research and development into prefab/modular and offsite construction as well as...
Chairman of the Board, Boston Valley Terra Cotta
John Krouse, Chairman of the Board, Boston Valley Terra Cotta, Founder – Architectural Ceramic Assemblies Workshop John Krouse is the COB of Boston Valley Terra Cotta in Orchard Park, NY, as well as a Ceramic Engineer by trade. Boston Valley...
Founding Partner, Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture
Gordon Gill, FAIA, is one of the world’s foremost exponents of performance-based architecture. Ranging from the world’s tallest buildings to sustainable communities, his work is driven by his philosophy that there is a purposeful relationship between formal design and performance;...
Technical Section Manager – Americas Insulating Glass, H.B. Fuller
Dr. Brian White is the Technical Manager for the Americas Glass team at H.B. Fuller Company, where he manages R&D and technical service. Brian has been with H.B. Fuller since 2010, starting as a scientist developing insulating glass sealants and...
Pre-Construction Director, Alutec
John Douglas is Group Pre-Construction Director at Alutec. Headquartered in Qatar, Alutec delivers projects across the world and has offices & facilities in Toronto, Vancouver, Switzerland, Ireland, India and Shanghai. Alutec is currently working on several towers across North America,...
Conference Agenda
  • The changing building fabric
  • Design and construction trends
  • Competing demands and expectations
  • Façades that communicate intent
  • How architects and designers leave indelible prints on our planet
  • Therefore, architects and designers have a responsibility to communicate a greater deeper and more purposeful intent about sustainability, environmental stewardship, technology, comfort and beauty
  • Translucency achieved through mixing two different industries
  • Stone industry vs Glass industry; Organic vs Inorganic
  • Sandwich glass stone: Meeting technical requirements working with stone and glass
  • Building success with a collaborative approach to façade design
  • Designing solutions to meet demanding criteria and complex architecture
  • Innovative engineered façade solutions
  • Research and development of new technologies
  • Opportunities for smart and sustainable façades
  • Adaptability in recladding projects
  • How architectural terra cotta can be fabricated to meet the demands of geometrically and aesthetically complex buildings due to its malleable nature
  • Flexibility makes architectural ceramics the preferred choice for technologically challenging designs, applicable to a multitude of façade attachment systems and construction methods
  • Insight into architectural terra cotta’s natural properties, low embodied energy and long-lasting durability making it a eco-friendly solution for high-performance façades
  • Protecting the façade design, owner and architect by early engagement of a façade consultant
  • Optimize your façade by leveraging your façade consultant’s full expertise and resources
  • The benefits of holistic design for façades
  • Rigorously applying principles of sustainability — social, environmental and economic, in the design of these building envelopes
  • Integrating building physics with the art of design and the practical challenges of construction
  • The pivitol role The National Research Council of Canada has played in setting high standards of construction
  • How innovative façade design and prefab envelope development not only contributes to the technical performance of the building but also reduces the impact of construction in our communities, creating a healthier environment in the daily lives of the building occupants
  • How architects use energy modelling data in our creative process and for research
  • How fresh air and natural daylight, through façade design are key players in the experience of these buildings
  • Why do we need joints in façade systems?
  • Movements and tolerances in primary building structures and façade system
  • How different façade systems accommodate structural movements
  • What is the future: New systems, new strategies, new ways of communicating (workflows and tools)
  • Ultracompact surface as a superior façade material
  • Attachment methods for ventilated rainscreens and curtainwall integration
  • Design considerations related to meeting performance, budget criteria and design intent for a project
  • Campus gateway buildings are public-facing symbols of institutional growth and require a highly tailored and deliberate approach to façade design
  • How collaborative design methodologies, including CM pre-construction services can be used to navigate supply chain and competitive procurement challenges
  • Case studies on the Langara College Science Building (Vancouver) and Morgan State University’s Calvin and Tina Tyler Hall (Baltimore)
  • Trends that are driving change
  • Understanding bird glazing performance requirements
  • Introducing a new solution for bird glazing, Saflex® FlySafe™ 3D
  • Designing for variability: How to ensure even the most complex facades are fabricated, assembled, and installed correctly with minimal documentation at each stage
  • Managing scale, complexity, geometry, computational demands, legibility and data accessibility at all levels of the design and manufacturing process
  • Materials and the supply chain and how to optimize and reduce material use in a fully bespoke design and manufacturing environments
  • Mechanical and optical benefits of a reactive thermoplastic spacer system in modern structural glazing
  • Architectural design flexibility using reactive thermoplastic spacer
  • Energy efficiency through superior gas retention
  • Streamlining the documentation and design process
  • Leveraging scale of economy by using repetitive components, still allowing for bespoke design
  • JHAs and insurance companies need to adopt innovative ideas, mitigating risk
  • Effect on the bottom line; cutting delivery and construction time
  • Ecological benefits from less waste, consolidated transit of materials

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