47th Edition – Zak World of Façades Australia

This was the 47th edition globally and the 2nd edition in Australia. It showcased the latest innovations and challenges in the construction industry pertaining to building envelopes and the latest technological solutions.


Speakers and Panelists
Associate Director - ESD/Mechanical, Irwin Consult
Hannah Blossom is an Associate Director at Irwinconsult where she leads the ESD Team in delivery of sustainable buildings and precinct masterplans. With 20 years of experience in Australia and the UK, Hannah has worked on large and complex projects...
Façade Practice Lead - Australia, Mott MacDonald
Kieran is a façade engineer with over 35 years’ of experience in engineering consultancy. His career has taken him from the UK to France, Hong Kong and Australia, where he has completed projects in Europe, Asia, Australia, New Zealand and...
Managing Director, BG&E Façades
Oliver has been with BG&E façades since 2007 and has over 20 years’ experience in the construction industry, working with world renowned architects, developers and leading construction companies. As a Director of BG&E Façades, he continues to be hands-on and...
Façade Director, Built
David has been working in the construction industry for over 15 years across Australia, New Zealand and Asia-Pacific. With a background as an Architect, Consultant and Builder, David has designed and delivered numerous projects across a wide range of scale...
Global Segment Manager - Architectural, Akzonobel
Jean-Paul is the Global Segment Manager Architecture at AkzoNobel. He started his career in the paints and coatings industry in 1997 and has held several marketing and sales positions in different businesses within AkzoNobel. Since 2008 he has been working...
Global Partnerships Director, Siderise
Sreenivas Narayan is Technical and Compliance Director for India, the Middle East, and South Asia Pacific at Siderise Group and is responsible for developing and delivering the technical strategy for the business in the region. His experience in the passive...
Manager - Global Architecture Segment,, Trosifol® World of Interlayers
He studied core and elementary physics and made his final thesis about thin film coatings. He started his career in 2000, working for R&D at Applied Films in Hanau. At the end of 2001, he joint Pilkington where he had...
Building Technology Director, Kingspan Insulated Panels
Mark Tatam is the Building Technology Director for Kingspan Insulated Panels, covering Australasia and South East Asia. He has extensive experience in industrial and manufacturing environments aligned with the building and construction industry, with previous experience with BHP, CSR and...
Principal, Francis-Jones Morehen Thorp
With a Masters in Urban Design from Harvard University, Geoff is a highly qualified and recognised leader in the Urban Design and Architecture sector. He has led a broad spectrum of projects across varying typologies including commercial, public building, multi-level...
Associate, Zaha Hadid Architects
Stefano joined ZHA in 2013. He specialises in complex façade and structure coordination and detailing, and he’s been registered as an architect in Italy since 2000 and in the UK since 2015. Stefano was previously with Neil M Denari Architects...
Procurement Director - China, VSCAPE
A graduate of Architecture and Structural Engineering, Terry began and developed an interest in facades in Canada.  Since then he has obtained over 30 years’ extensive experience in façade design, fabrication, construction and project management.  Terry’s project experience covers projects...
Associate Principal, Grimshaw
Gosha (Malgorzata) Haley is an Associate Principal at Grimshaw and has worked at the practice since 2000. For the past twenty years, Gosha has worked on and led Grimshaw projects in Europe, the U.S., the Middle East and Australasia across...
Façades Manager, Hickory Group
Danny Pegorin has over 30 years’ experience in façade management, beginning his career as a 16-year-old installing aluminum for Allfix. The ambitious teenager soon realised he had found his niche, and in his 16 years with the company, progressed to...
Director - Project Design Management, Mirvac
Andrew is a qualified interior designer and architect who has practiced nationally and has experience in the design and delivery of commercial, institutional and residential projects of varying complexity and size. During professional practice, Andrew’s contributions on design and project...
Associate Director (Delivery), Elenberg Fraser
With 30 years’ experience working in locations around the world, including the United States, France, the Netherlands, and Malaysia there’s no doubt that David knows a thing or two about the design process. His diverse experience includes projects such as...
Sustainability Manager, Probuild Constructions
Green Star Accredited Professional and Sustainability Manager, Evalin has managed and contributed to the largest number of accredited Green Star ratings in Australia. In that time, she has made critical contributions to major projects such as NAB HQ, Medibank HQ,...
Managing Director, Atelier Projects
Jason O’Hara has over 30 years experience in construction and fitout delivery spanning major Melbourne landmarks such as Crown Casino, AAMI Park and Emporium. Jason established Atelier Projects in December 2014 with a key focus on improving and developing the...
Technical Director, Vector Foiltec
Angus Macleod joined Vector Foiltec in 2003 and is currently one of the Technical Directors for the Vector Foiltec group. He is based in Melbourne and mainly services the Australian, New Zealand and South East Asian markets but also acts...
Associate Director, Atelier Ten
David has over 18 years of international experience in both environmental design and building services engineering. He specializes in combining building environmental design principles, computational simulation capabilities and practical engineering design knowledge to realise exceptional quality internal environments that are...
Technical Director, BG&E Façades
Stefan started his career as research fellow at University of Melbourne working on collaborative projects with manufacturing industry. Through this period he was involved with life cycle energy and greenhouse gas emission analysis for Australian automotive industry as well as...
Digital Practice Leader - VIC/SA, Aurecon
Nick Williams is Digital Practice Leader for Aurecon’s offices in Melbourne and Adelaide. He originally trained as an architect, studying in Australia and the UK and later attaining a PhD from RMIT University. He has over 12 years’ experience in...
Director, ARM Architecture
Jesse has 20 years’ experience as an architect providing design and project leadership for major retail, residential, masterplanning, cultural, recreational and public projects. He works closely with clients and stakeholders and leads design teams. He has played leading roles in...
Principal | Façade Engineering Leader, Arup
Simon has over 20 years’ experience in architectural and façade design, starting his career at Arup Associates in the UK as an architect in 1996. Simon now leads Arup’s Vic/SA façades team, a position he has held since January 2016....
Executive Director and CEO, Australian Window Association
Tracey Gramlick has a background in engineering, a Masters of Business Administration in Technology Management and over 30 years of expertise in various aluminium products and façade design, technical, production, education, materials and marketing roles prior to her current position as...
Director, Fender Katsalidis
Craig Baudin, Director at Fender Katsalidis, has over the past 15 years been responsible for the delivery of a wide variety of projects from the NewActon precinct in Canberra, to the 320m tall Australia 108. A highly credentialed and experienced contemporary architect...
Key Account Executive, Tremco
Steve Mort is a Key Account Executive for Tremco Inc. Tremco is a global solutions-based building envelope manufacturer, headquartered in Cleveland Ohio and is part of Tremco CPG, which carries other industry leading brands Dryvit, WillSeal, Nudura, PureAir and now...
Principal, Aurecon
Li Yang is the Technical Director for Built Environment Melbourne and the Façade leader in Melbourne. He has an MSc in Façade Engineering from the University of Bath (UK) and a Bachelor of Architecture from the National University of Singapore....
Conference Agenda
  • A brief history in façade design
  • An Australian perspective on product compliance and conformity for glazed façades
  • A look at the future
  • Considering a crafted approach to façade design and the integration of public art with façades
  • Tracing how this approach has informed the projects of Fender Katsalidis over the past 25 years
  • Case Studies of key selected projects, starting with Melbourne Terrace and Republic Tower in the 1990’s through to contemporary projects like Australia 108
  • Façade design and innovation to support evolving HVAC strategies
  • Opportunities in manufacturing and procurement
  • Creating a culture of innovation – Community, collaboration and commercialisation
  • An introduction to projects, details, technology & advantages for ETFE façades & roofs
  • Fire, thermal, llght and wind load performance with ETFE
  • Case study on the 20,000m2 ETFE moving roof of the Singapore National Stadium
  • Structural optimisation of façades in Melbourne
  • Computational design to generate and interrogate models
  • Photogrammetry, drones and laser scanning
  • Deeper insights through machine learning and data visualisation
  • Case studies: 600 Collins street, St Regis on Spencer, 555 Collins street and more
  • Increased design complexity reflecting needs of contemporary society
  • How does industry adapt to deliver higher standards
  • Cutting edge designs leading world of innovation in architecture
  • Biomimicry of a higher order: 'Autonomic' and 'Somatic' body systems
  • How can building designers borrow from these systems?
  • Future trends: Designing for people
  • Sustainable façades for the region: Attaining energy performance requirements through building envelopes
  • Understanding the role of building envelopes to meet local Green Building regulations
  • NCC updates for building energy efficiency measures: Optimal efficiency rate for residential vis-à-vis commercial building
  • Rating standards and stakeholder coordination for façades: Will energy efficient be economically efficient?
  • Thermal performance in curtain wall & fenestration (OTTV)
  • Passive house in Australia? The way forward

David Ritter

  • Case study: The Peter Doherty Institute for Infection and Immunity, Melbourne
  • Exploring co-creation and the collaborative process
  • The journey of innovative design
  • Designing with procurement in mind is an essential part of what we do
  • How does this influence our capacity to deliver innovation?
  • What strategies are needed to improve the prospects of innovation in our market?
  • Understand the difference between various façade, rainscreen and insulated panel systems
  • Fire performance testing of insulated panels for building regulations and insurance requirements
  • Compliance assured programme for AS5113
  • Functional requirements; testing of cavity barrier products and cladding systems
  • Key performance factors and design considerations
  • Highlight importance of detailing; quality of workmanship; need for inspection and reporting
  • Interlayers offer additional properties to glass (safety, acoustic, aesthetics, UV- control, structural properties,…)
  • Guidelines on how to chose the right interlayer
  • Identify shortcomings in the fabrication of dry & wet glazed window assemblies
  • Understand how these shortcomings can lead to systemic failure of the building envelope
  • Provide multiple rectification solutions to poorly fabricated windows
  • Organisational innovation, what is it? Why is it needed?
  • What does it look like on a project?
  • Who pays for it? Performance vs cost
  • Current industry façade supply chain models
  • Risks in manufacturing, logistics and quality
  • Accountability, contractual and financial security issues
  • Warranties and future claims
  • Performance standards and specification of powder coatings
  • Benefits of powder coatings
  • Recent innovations & track record in powder coatings
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