Zak World of Façades MIDDLE EAST,

1st Nov 2016, The Hilton, Doha

About the Event

Zak World of Facades Middle East is the region’s largest conference series on Facade design & engineering. Now in it’s 24th edition globally and 5th edition in the Middle East, the conference has become a specialized forum in region to discuss the latest innovations and challenges in the construction industry pertaining to the building envelope and showcases the latest technological solutions.


Architects, Facade consultants, Developers, Government officials, PMC’s, Main contractors, Sustainability consultants, Fire consultants, Facade contractors, Cost consultants, Glass processors & Structural consultants.

Speakers and Panelists

Conference Agenda

24th Edition - Zak World of Façades Middle East, 1st Nov 2016, The Hilton, Doha

Session - 1(09.30 - 10.35)

08.00 -

Delegate Registration

08.50 -

Welcome Address

Syed Zakir Ahmed, Chairman, Zak Group

09.00 -

Responsibility from concept to as-built – importance of reliable guidance

  • Case study 1: A "tiger" of the facades
  • Case study 2: A weighed fusion of theory, technology and practicality
Micha Pawelka, Managing Director, Priedemann Building Skins

09.20 -

Morning Keynote - Cable supported glazing

  • Selection of glass
  • Cables & anchorages
  • Tests
  • Effects on supporting structures
Fawzi Ismail, General Manager, Head of Structural Department, MZ & Partners

09.50 -

Aleris 55HX®: Unlimited Façade Design with Aluminum

  • Anodization
  • Color uniformity
  • Fire performance
Giuseppe Grotti, Director Marketing - Industrial, Aleris Aluminium

10.10  -

Networking Tea / Coffee Break

Session - 2(11.00 - 13.00)

10.30 -

Benefits of employing a BMU consultant – integration of building maintenance units into developing designs

  • Benefits to structural, façade and architectural departments via early integration of BMU design
  • Benefits of a project specific detailed specification and tender drawing package – allowing for competitive tender process
  • Benefits of an objective review of abseiling versus permanent BMU (consultants can specify either, suppliers focus on one)
  • Review of long term maintenance and glass replacement strategies
Mick Atkin, BMU Consultant, Meinhardt Façade Technology

10.50 -

Special Keynote - Building façades - Making streets

  • Climate
  • Composition
  • Culture
Tim Makower, Principal, Makower Architects

11.20 -

Transparency and Complexity – Challenges in Qatar’s Iconic Façade Projects

  • National Museum of Qatar
  • Doha Exhibition and Convention Center
  • Qatar National Convention Centre
Thomas Winterstetter, Managing Director & Partner, Werner Sobek Stuttgart

11.40 -

Sustainable and efficient façades

  • Sustainable façades for the region
  • Façade optimisation for occupant comfort while maintaining design ethos
  • Avoiding energy leakages through façades
  • Glass and beyond glass - various permutations and how to avoid overdesigning
  • Safety considerations - a way for sustainable building
  • Double skin façades and shading techniques


Andy Dean, Head - Façades, Parsons Brinckerhoff


Fadi Haider, Lead Design Engineer - Structural Department, MZ & Partners Emad Soliman, Design Director - Buildings, Lusail Real Estate Development Company Shivani Malhotra, Senior Principal Architect, Qatar Project Management Dr Ioannis Spanos, Senior Sustainability Manager, KEO International Consultants Paul Tsalolikhin, Marketing Director (Façades), Hilti

12.30 -

Networking Lunch Break

Session - 3(13.50 - 15.40)

13.30 -

Innovative ideas for glass - Glare + Shading

  • Problems with glare and high sunlight in the Middle East
  • Introducing ecoTHERM (IGU) with Solera® - 'the Real Daylighting Solution'
  • Bespoke façades with MESHDECO Sefar® Architecture Vision
Firoz Kachwala, Director, Future Architectural Glass

13.50 -

Curtain wall edge-of-slab fire protection

  • Why fire protection of edge-of-slab is so important for building safety ?
  • UL and EN standards - what is the difference ?
  • Tested systems & engineering judgement - why are they so important ?
  • Innovative solutions for edge-of-slab fire protection
Eric Marcuson, Global Product Manager - Façade Firestopping, Hilti

14.10 -

The importance of the coil coater in building envelopes

  • Importance of proper passivation in aluminium substrate
  • Paint specifications and warranty period
  • Functional coatings / Paint developments for building envelopes
Efthimios Zizos, Projects Manager, Elval Colour

14.30 -

High precision aluminium extrusions

  • Managing higher tolerences in aluminium extrusions
  • Advantages of automatic anodizing lines and capabilities in Qatar
Yousef Al Yacoub, General Manager, Qatar Aluminium Extrusion Company

14.50 -

Façade engineering for higher ROI

  • Role of building envelope in conceptualising a new project
  • Timelines and how it affects the final ROI
  • Form and performance - what weighs more in terms of ROI


Iqbal Singh, Manager - Designs, Qatar Design Consortium Fadi Da'as, Lead Architect, CH2M Hill Charles Couteau, General Manager, Specialized Aluminium & Steel Co Peter Murphy, Projects Director, CEG International Kieran Rothery, Director / Country Manager, Currie & Brown

15.40 -

Vote of Thanks

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Associate Partners

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