8th Nov 2019, Conrad, Bengaluru

About the Event


Zak World of Façades is an International conference series on façade design & engineering having attracted over 23,000+ delegates across its 71 completed editions. The conference is currently being organised in 25 countries in the Middle East (UAE, Qatar, Kuwait & Saudi Arabia), South Asia (India & Sri Lanka), South East Asia (Singapore, Thailand, Malaysia, Philippines, Vietnam & Indonesia), East Asia (South Korea & Greater China), Africa (Kenya, Egypt, Morocco & South Africa), Europe (United Kingdom, France, Germany & Sweden), Australasia (Australia & New Zealand) and the United States of America.

This is the 72nd global edition and 7th edition in Bengaluru. It will showcase the latest innovations and challenges in the construction industry pertaining to building envelopes and will also showcase latest technological solutions.

Speakers and Panelists

Conference Agenda

72nd Edition - Zak World of Façades India, 8th Nov 2019, Conrad, Bengaluru

Session - 1(09.30 - 10.35)

08.30 - 09.30

Delegate Registration

Event Convenor

09.30 - 09.35

Welcome Address


09.35 - 10.00

Pretense Presence

  • The façade as camouflage
  • The façade as a mask
  • The future of façades
Dinesh Verma, Principal, Ace Group Architects

10.00 - 10.20

Cladding High-Rise Buildings, a High Pressure Laminate (HPL) Perspective

  • Benefits of cladding a high-rise
  • How to design cladding for high-rise
  • Case studies
Prameena Karunairaj, Business Development Manager - Sun Shading Façade, FunderMax India

10.20 - 10.40

Façade Designs and Implementations - Cost of Oversight

  • Understand the importance of design before it builds
  • Make designs in the office cheaper than in the field
  • Ignored facade design interfaces, impact on completion
  • Impact of “penny wise”
Rajan Govind, Director, BES Consultants

10.40 - 11.00

High Performance, Lightweight, Long Span Building Envelopes with ETFE

  • An introduction to projects, details, technology & advantages for ETFE façades & roofs
  • Fire, thermal, light and wind load performance with ETFE
  • Study of Vector Foiltec ETFE Solution for ETFE and steel structure at Embassy Manyatta Business Park, Bangalore
Matthew Penrose, Vice President, Vector Foiltec

11.00 - 11.20


Session - 2(11.00 - 13.00)

11.20 - 11.40

Disruptive Technologies in Façades

  • New paradigms in the façade design techniques
  • Speed engineering of façades
  • New and emerging façade materials
Mathieu Meur, Director, DP Façade

11.40 - 12.00

Pre-Construction Services: A Schueco Offering for the Industry

  • Why pre-construction services are essential
  • Meeting customer expectations with international systems
  • Case studies of pre-construction services for global projects
Joerg Schleusener, Director - Pre-Construction Services, Schüco Asia

12.00 - 12.30

Façade and Digital Design Technologies

  • Future of BIM
  • 10D design process
  • Sensorial technologies
Filippo Lodi, Head of Innovation and Knowledge Management, UN Studio

12.30 - 13.15

PANEL DISCUSSION : Trends and Innovations in Building Façade Designs

  • Designing the façades with performance objectives in mind
  • Engineered system façades and how to use them to benefit performance
  • Design innovations for mixed use building façades
  • Optimal shading techniques for façades


KR Suresh, Regional Director, Axis Façades


Bimal Desai, Founder & Principal, DSP Design Associates Tilak Thomas, Principal, Thomas Associates Mahesh Khaitan, Director, Salarpuria Sattva Group Shyam Raghunandan, Managing Director, Schueco India Rudresh K V, Senior Director, Cushman & Wakefield

13.15 - 14.00

Networking Lunch Break

Session - 3(13.50 - 15.40)

14.00 - 14.20

Façade - A Bridge & A Barrier

  • Importance of façade
  • Façade and environment
  • Future of the industry
Ajay Gupta, Executive Director, KGD Architects

14.20 - 14.40

Designing the Next Generation of Smart Buildings

  • Use of smart glass in building façades
  • Best design criteria and advantages
  • Case studies
Deepak Shivaprasad, VP - Product Marketing, View

14.40 - 15.00

It's a Wrap

  • With light comes with heat - How do we control it?
  • Backing façade design proposals with in-depth analysis
  • The idea in action - Wipro IT SEZ
Aparna Narasimhan, Partner & Design Director, Venkataramanan Associates

15.00 - 15.20

Possibilities with Silicone for High Performance Buildings

  • A journey through high performance in modern façade designs
  • Service for management of project timing and quality
  • Latest innovations in the high performance segment
Ravishankar Subramanian, Technical Manager, Dow

15.20 - 15.40

Build with Light

  • GGL go to solution provider
  • Case study: One of the most exclusive, demanding, risky, creative and efficient project executed
  • Innovations in glass
Sourabh Kankar, Marketing Manager - India, Gujarat Guardian

15.40 - 16.00


  • Propagation of fire on façade
  • Codes around the world
  • Testing facilities
Devesh Kumar, Technical Head, Aludecor

16.00 - 16.20

Networking Tea/Coffee Break

Session - 4(16.00 - 17.45)

16.20 - 16.40

Case Study on Bagmane Goldstone Project

  • System design
  • Execution of façade
  • Integration of façade lighting
Kapil Chikodi, VP - Business Development, Glass Wall Systems

16.40 - 17.00

Complex Project Delivery - The Indian Context

  • The approach
  • The temperament
  • The resolve
Uttaran Baidya Ray, Founder & Managing Director, Studio Form Techniques

17.00 - 17.45

PANEL DISCUSSION : Façade Value Engineering: Managing the Process and Limiting the Risk

  • Integrating the right assessment models for getting the most value out of façades
  • Value engineering versus value extortion: Is it cost reduction for diminished value?
  • Continuing the process improvisations for best practices
  • Value engineering for bespoke façades procurements to suit local requirements


Tariq Kachwala, Director, FG Glass


Rajat Bhattacharjee, Director, Turner & Townsend Jatin Shah, Director - Developments, Synergy Property Development Services Amudha Tamilmani, Associate Director - Program Cost Consultancy, Aecom Balaji Chandran, AVP - Sales & Application Engineering, Fundermax Sadashiv G Chakravarthy, Associate Director, RSP Design Consultants

17.45 - 17.50

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