68th Edition – Zak World of Façades Australia

This was the 68th global edition and the 4th 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
General Manager - Design and Innovation, Richard Crookes Constructions
Director, Grün Consulting
Clare is a curious human, who’s pursuit of knowing why and how started with irreversibly dismantling her mum’s typewriter, followed by more focussed pursuits of mechanical engineering and business. Her career eventually led towards Passivhaus and the Living Building Challenge,...
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...
Sales Manager - Oceania, Renson
Lionel Kools migrated from Belgium to Australia in 1996. He is a registered architect and has been a builder specialised in remedial building works for over a decade and half. Since 2018, Lionel is Oceania Area Sales Manager for Renson....
Director, Micos Group
As part of Micos Group, an Australian owned Design and Construct Facade Contractor, Con Micos has first-hand experience of a facade and building industry that is everchanging and he continues to play an integral role in ensuring that Micos Group...
Director, Prism Facades
Heather is a Principal façade engineer and a founding director of the Sydney façade engineering consultancy, Prism Facades. She has been working in the Australian façade engineering industry for 10 years and has contributed to a number of landmark projects...
Founder & Director, Furtado Sullivan
Peter Sullivan is a founder and director of Furtado Sullivan, an architecture studio based in Sydney. He enjoys the challenge of translating a project’s complexity into a design that works with its environment, combining large-scale efficiency and sophistication with a...
Principal | Sydney Sustainable Building Leader, Arup
Haico is a Building Physicist, certified architect and engineer, who has worked at Arup since 1997. Having been involved in building physics design for most of his career, his aim is to deliver outstanding sustainable design outcomes by integrating his...
Façade Engineer, Surface Design Consulting
Gavin McPherson is a Façade Engineer with Surface Design. He has experience within the Façade industry with work on a variety of projects spanning across retail, commercial and residential areas including curtain walls, shopfront glazing, cladding, glass structures & internal...
Managing Principal, FJMT Studio
Elizabeth graduated from the University of Sydney with First Class Honours. She has extensive professional experience in Australia and south east Asia having led many multi-award winning projects for both public and private clients. Her ability to successfully move between...
Director, JPW
Paul van Ratingen is a registered architect with 30 years professional experience throughout Australia and Internationally. As a Director of multi-disciplinary design firm Johnson Pilton Walker; Paul’s projects have received numerous Australian Institute of Architecture (AIA) awards; and internationally, the...
Managing Director Australasia, Snøhetta
Kaare is an architect at Snøhetta, a Norwegian integrated design practice of architecture, landscape, interiors, product, graphic and brand design, with offices in Oslo and New York and studios in Los Angeles, Innsbruck and Adelaide. Snøhetta thrives on rich collaborations...
Technical Director - Façade, TTW
Neil McClelland is a lateral thinking designer and building envelope specialist. A Chartered Professional Engineer, Neil specialises in building façade work and investigating material science and has produced numerous world-wide publications. After working for Arup in Sydney London and New...
Deputy General Manager, PTW
Shawlon Hsieh is Deputy General Manager and Transport Leader at PTW Architects, overseeing Australian and SE Asian offices. Before coming to Sydney he was Associate Design Principal at CCDI Group (Shanghai) where he built the façade engineering service. He led...
Managing Director, SGS Glass
Bill Segaert continues the 80 year representation of Saint-Gobain Glass in Australia by the Segaert family. With his own 15 years of experience within the Australian Glass industry he is well experienced and positioned to promote the Saint-Gobain benefits of...
Façade Manager, Laing O'Rourke Australia
Dominic has worked in the facade business in Australia, the Middle East and the United Kingdom, and in all aspects of the industry working for a specialist subcontractor, a worldwide design consultancy and presently at a main contractor. As Australian...
CEO, Withworks
KIM Sung-jin, CEO of WITHWORKS Architects & Engineers, studied architectural engineering at Konkuk University. He researches and develops the construction method based on the 3D engineering and digital fabrication process to make free-form buildings possible. He successfully completed projects such...
Group Special Projects Manager, Permasteelisa Group
Marc Zobec (PhD, FIE Aust, EngExec, CPEng, IntPE ); is the Group Special Projects Manager for the Permasteelisa Group; a global leader specialising in the management, design, production and installation of bespoke architectural building envelopes and interiors systems. He holds...
Managing Director, Seele
Since graduating in architecture in 1996 Andreas is involved in the execution of pres-tigious façade projects mainly in Asia. His first project was with seele in 1997, the Shanghai Grand Theatre, at the time a cutting edge cable truss construction....
National Technical Manager, HVG Facades
Roger Brooks, National Technical Manager has worked for HVG (Halifax Vogel Group) since 2017. Prior to his role as National Technical Manager, Roger worked as the NSW Architectural Manager for the HVG Facades Division. Roger took up the role as...
co-CEO & Strategic Champion of Digital Innovation and Robotics, BVN
Ninotschka is co-CEO of BVN and Strategic Champion of Digital Innovation and Robotics. She is interested in future scenarios and possibilities that can emerge through a project that have global currency. She is passionate about the role architects play in...
Principal, Architectus
Jeremy is a top-tier Australian architecture and design studio with specialist expertise in commercial, education, interiors, public, residential, transport, urban design and planning. He has achieved an impressive international portfolio over 22 years, including the design and delivery of large...
Chief Technical Officer, Xinyi Glass
Jianjun Yang has been working for Xinyi Glass for over 10 years, plus he has 25 years of experiences in academic research activities in China Glass Research Institute. Xinyi Glass is the leading glass manufacturers in China with seven manufacturing...
Director - ANZ, 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...
Commercial Director BENCHMARK, Roof & Wall Panels, Kingspan
Niall Horgan is the Commercial Director for Kingspan’s Façade and Roof Systems. He joined Kingspan in 2011 as a structural engineer and has a broad understanding of all aspects of cladding performance, including acoustics, fire, thermal, structural, weather tightness. He...
National Product Manager - Swisspearl, HVG Façades
Andrew Pike, National Product Manager for Swisspearl®, has worked for HVG (Halifax Vogel Group) since 2004. Prior to his role as National Product Manager- Swisspearl®, Andrew worked as the NSW Architectural Specification Manager for the Alucobond Architectural Division.  He took...
Associate Principal, fjmt Studio
John Perry is considered one of Australia’s finest façade engineers and consultants and has over 30 years façade consulting experience covering a range of façade systems including Curtain Walling, Glass Structures, Precaste Concrete, GRC, Stone, Ceramic and Metal claddings and...
Conference Agenda
  • Building environmental modelling of the architectural envelope
  • Smart autonomous façades
  • Digital construction techniques
  • New construction technologies create opportunities for crafted prefabricated façades
  • Adaptable and performative façades require new design processes
  • Moving towards a robotic future
  • Digital manufacturing with high-end technology
  • Construction method that uses digital manufacturing
  • Effort for clean and safe future construction environment
  • Technology overview, automated control systems
  • Performance - Energy efficiency, comfort, acoustics, user applications
  • Australian building applications and case studies: Why, what & how
  • Sketching an idea to submission, CFD and how it impacts on design for a project
  • ACT… an intro to a new high performance façade
  • “Crossover” from consultants to engineers and the use of digital tools
  • IconSiam Luxury Façades - Achieving highest standards through international collaboration
  • IconSiam Wisdom Hall - Mastering installation challenges
  • MahaNakhon Rooftop Features - Maximizing elegance by smart engineering
  • From idea to fruition
  • A digital design process
  • An analogue design process
  • Influence of technological advancements on façade construction: How is the horizon changing?
  • State-of-the-art trends in contemporary façade designs & aesthetics
  • Culminating complexity of design with safety and sustainability features of the façade
  • Realising complex façade designs through BIM: Benefits and challenges
  • Influencing building envelope design for enhanced living experience

Neil McClelland

  • Meaning and the architectural envelope
  • Expression and Identity
  • Performance and technology
  • An introduction to projects, details, technology & advantages for ETFE façades & roofs
  • Fire, thermal, light and wind Load Performance with ETFE
  • Case study on the ETFE solution and steel structure for the Jewel Changi Airport, Singapore
  • Comfort and well being thanks to glass façades
  • Sustainable analysis of your façade
  • Glassprolive technology: A real aesthetic of your building
  • Evolution of the human race within the housing context and observing the “We Want More” and “Buy it Now” human behaviours driving energy, resources consumptions and depletions
  • Snapshot of today’s air quality and reminder on the “true” need for ventilation and celebration of the NCC 2019 changes
  • Practical implementation of natural and / or non-assisted way ventilation system in today’s building (Window ventilators and hybrid ventilation system)
  • FAQ's about fire spread
  • Large-scale system testing
  • Performance of 'combustible' insulation
  • Through the mechanism of thermal comfort we explore how architecture and technology enable us to enhance the experience of the built environment in the past, the now, and the future
  • The dimension of time allows us to consider our own ingenuity through the advancement of building envelope technology, and the cost of that ingenuity through climate change
  • Trends in curtain wall glass
  • Types of glass and selecting the right glass
  • Project case studies
  • International Procurement: Procuring bespoke façades globally to suit local requirements
  • Are supply-only-contracts the way go-to?
  • Challenging the status quo: How are new players changing the façade delivery scene
  • Pre-Construction Services Appointments - Are they essential to help new players get to grips with local requirements
  • Delivering improved construction partnering "Trust, Quality & Value"

John Perry

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