28th Edition – Zak World of Façades Kenya

This was the 28th edition globally and 1st edition in the African region. It showcased the latest innovations and challenges in the construction industry pertaining to building envelopes and the latest technological solutions.

Speakers and Panelists
Managing Director, Laxmanbhai Construction
Managing Director, Symbion Limited
Titus, in the capacity of a Goup Managing Director for Symbion Limited, currently leads in the provision of strategic direction, with full responsibility for the long term attainment of business goals. He is also responsible for the growth into new...
Technical Sales Engineer, Elval Colour
Angelos Zografos is a Civil Engineer holding the position of Technical sales Engineer in Elval Colour. He has more than 7 years of experience in civil and structural engineering. He has participated in the structural analysis and design of projects...
Chairman & Managing Director, Aluplex
Navin Keswani is the Pioneer of the Indian Façade Industry & has been awarded the President’s Udyog Rattan Award as early as 1985, from the President of India, for his excellence in the design of aluminium windows. Keswani is the...
Chairman, Clean India Group
23 years back, when he saw first glass building in Mumbai, Ashok Khemlani tied up with Cradle Runways International and imported the very first system. This was for DHL at Andheri. Subsequently, he started manufacturing the facade access systems in...
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...
Group CEO, Priedemann Façade Experts
Lars Anders is the CEO of Priedemann Façade Experts and Façade-Lab Research & Development Center, which accomplishes tasks relating to the façade or building envelope. In this role, He manages and leads along with his managing partners, a team providing...
Director, Future Architectural Glass
Firoz Kachwala is the Founding member and General Manager of Future Architectural Glass. With Masters degree specializing in Operations and Bachelor in Engineering, Firoz was instrumental in setting up the advanced safety glass manufacturing plant in RAK (UAE) pushing the...
Regional Director - South Asia, Meinhardt Façade Technology
Mahesh provides the strategic leadership as the Regional Director for Meinhardt Group and Façade Consultancy business in South Asia. He has been in the Engineering Consultancy Services and Construct industry for over 27 years. His experience ranges from Aluminium Glazing...
Managing Director, Priedemann Africa
Alexander Tornow is an Managing Director for Priedemann Africa Ltd. in Nairobi, responsible for the groups operations in Africa. He has around 30 years of metal construction and façade construction experience in Europe, Middle East and Africa. For the last...
Director, WAVE Architects
Amit Mody is an architect with 23 years of experience across varying geographies and different building types. Amit is inspired by the art of place making; he recognizes the influence of built space on communities and displays great sensitivity to...
Director, Triad Architects
Charles Ndungu is a Registered Architect in Kenya.  He is a Director of Triad Architects a leading architectural firm in the East Africa region.   He has over 20 years’ experience in the building industry in Kenya and the region having...
Director, Prime Aluminium Casement
Devendra Ladha oversees the company’s business development, project management and finance functions. He holds a Bachelors in Engineering from UMIST (Manchester, UK) and Masters in Management & IT from Cranfield University, UK. He initially worked as a Consultant for Building...
Director, Ecost Development Africa
Hosea established Ecost Development Africa in 2003 as the Principal Partner. He has extensive experience in Quantity Surveying and Construction Project Management. He served as a Senior Quantity Surveyor and also as a Project Manager in one of the leading...
Director, Impala Glass
Director at Impala Glass Industries spearheading the strategic sales and marketing functions since 2011. With in depth knowledge of glass processing, he has been passionate of introducing new products and its applications in the Kenyan and regional markets hence moving...
Managing Director, Prime Aluminium Casement
https://ke.linkedin.com/in/keshavji-ladha-rlco-9a78bb74Keshavji Ladha is the Founder and Chairman of Prime Aluminiuim Casement Ltd (formerly RLCO Steel Fabricators) and has over 45years of experience in the Metal Fabrication Industry. Mr Keshavji is regarded as one the most respected and prominent Window and...
Director, Planning Systems
Trevor co-founded PLANNING in 1978 with Jim Archer. His work and projects build on over 40 years of experience in design and research in the construction industry. Through a series of award-winning projects, Trevor has developed a reputation for designing...
General Manager, Hueck Middle East
Venky Kosaraju has recently joined Hueck Middle East as their new General Manager. But Venky is no stranger to the construction industry at large. For over 31 years he has been working with building products, fenestration & facades technology, glazing,...
General Manager, Orgadata Middle East
Umur Ahmet Duymaz (UAD); started his career in METAL YAPI, 2000 Istanbul, Turkey. UAD had joined Orgadata in May, 2003 in Orgadata TR. Since January 2012 he is holds the position of GM for OrgadataTR, UAE and IND. About his...
General Manager, Alu Nasa
Ettienne is widely skilled with over 24 years of experience in the glass and aluminium industry, in managing project execution and operational management within the Middle East and South Africa. He is technically competent with a bachelor degree in business...
Head of Property Development, Britam Holdings
Jacqueline Nyaguthii is a holder of a Masters Degree in Valuation and Property Management from the University of Nairobi. She has over 17 years of experience in managing real estate in Kenya and has managed several of the top commercial...
Director, Sutherland Engineers
Sean Couzyn has extensive experience in the design and delivery of a diverse range of building projects in a variety of roles from architect to tenant coordinator to structural and facade engineer. Sean graduated from The University of the Witwatersrand...
Director, Betts Townsend
Michael has 21 Years of experience with the leading project management firm on the African Continent. He started with Betts Projects in 1997, demonstrating loyalty and determination to climb to the top. He had a short stint with a Boutique...
Director, SC Group
Samir Chandaria is the Chairman of SC Group. Skills acquired include self-motivation, team player, work towards team building and attain leadership, communication skills and computer literacy.  With diversified accounting knowledge he has specialised in setting up financial and accounting systems. ...
Managing Director, FG Glass
An MBA from Boston, USA, Suhel has been in charge of FG Glass since its inception. Suhel has brought both his educational and business knowledge into FG Glass to build it into an efficient organisation. His strong personality and effective...
Conference Agenda
  • Principles of the design of curtain wall
  • Types of curtain walls
  • Glazing systems
  • Infill materials
  • Design parameters
  • Prejudice against use of glass façades in Kenya - Common misconceptions
  • Case studies involving Lohnro House, City Bank, I&M Bank Tower, I&M Bank Headquarters and other projects
  • The Opus is a 20-storey fully glazed mixed used building in Dubai. It is also double curved glazed and is designed by Zaha Hadid Architects who developed a unique design resembling a cube with the core melted out
  • Discover how the outer flat façades of The Opus are neutral transparent glazed with a silver mirror pattern, while the core area is dark blue 3D formed glazing
  • Recognise the main challenges of achieving the 3D double-curved shape such as the Middle East climate, colour correction and dealing with the radiation focusing effect the geometry imposes
  • C + E = FE
  • How to realise your facade project stays within clients budget
  • How to assure your façade will be executed in time and quality
  • Comprehensive presentation on building maintenance units
  • Building Maintenance Units (BMUs) for iconic buildings
  • Abseiling pros and cons
  • A journey from façade to facets
  • Evolution of the façade through time and technology
  • Multifaceted stories of the 'faceful' and faceless façades - An illustrated façade-story
  • Facade performance objectives for high end residential and mixed use developments
  • Façade safety - gaps between mandatory and obligatory
  • Structural stability and wind load considerations
  • Importance of façade maintenance for a sustained quality

Lars Anders

  • Technical knowledge of stakeholders involved in the decision making process
  • The project life cycle (design, procurement, fabrication, installation, hand-over & maintenance)
  • Comparisons of Budget v/s Tendered Amount v/s Actual Costs
  • Glass: Safety + Aesthetics
  • Secure architecture: How it’s possible
  • Fire protective glazing: How it’s made
  • Understanding the current available opening types for windows and doors, their application capability in terms of size, ventilation and drainage
  • Understanding the quality deliverables in a price-sensitive market and their impact on sustainability, investor attractiveness and re-sale value looking ahead
  • Thermal or non-thermal profile system? What is the difference and some guidelines to consider in the decision making process in light of quality and feasibility
  • Architectural 3D designs on façades
  • Key techniques of realization
  • Case studies
  • Fad or requirement for the Kenyan climate
  • Common misconceptions
  • Faults in processing and how to combat them
  • Observations based on real world experiences in commercial office projects over the last decade
  • Integrating software technology for the ease of design & production
  • Software linked inventory management and seamless production chain
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