63rd Edition – Zak World of Façades Kenya

This was the 63rd global edition and the 3rd 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
Director, DMJ Architects
Sr. Architect, Triad Architects
Sujesh is an architect by profession, having graduated with a Bachelor of Architecture degree from Madras University in 2003 and a Master of Architecture degree from University of Nairobi in 2009. He has been with TRIAD Architects since 2014. He...
Sr. Project Manager, Turner & Townsend
John is a hands-on project manager at Turner & Townsend with experience in the built environment in participative planning, management processes and the integration of designs, programs, strategies and policies in the area of sustainability implementation, sustainability reporting, green building certification...
President, AAK
Emma Miloyo is a Kenyan architect. She is the first female President of the Architectural Association of Kenya. She was elected to that office in March 2017. As of October 2018, she was a partner at the architectural firm, Design...
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...
Vice Chairperson, Architects Chamber (AAK)
Partner, Sitescape Studio Limited, Vice-Chairperson of the Architects Chapter and a member of the Governing Council of the Architectural Association of Kenya (AAK). Tutor, the Nairobi Institute of Technology (NIT) as well as at the Department of Architecture University of...
Sales Director - Africa, Schüco International
Andreas Brockschmidt started his career with Schüco International back in 1979. After having worked for Schüco in UK for 7 during which he was responsible for setting up and running the Schüco UK branch, he decided to enhance his career...
Director of Design, Planning Systems
Henry is a registered architect and Director of Design at Planning Systems Services Ltd. A Kenyan company of architects and land use planners that has been in business since 1978. Planning has designed and completed projects throughout the Eastern, Central...
Associate Director, Mace YMR
Gregory Murunga Chekata is the associate director of MaceYMR . Gregory is a Quantity Surveyor by profession with over 9 years post registration experience. He has worked as a lead project Quantity Surveyor on various large projects within Eastern Africa...
President, Ark Studio Inc, Mumbai-Pune-San Francisco
Reza Kabul is an architect, interior designer and urban planner. He established Reza Kabul Architects Pvt. Ltd. in 1988. In 2011, the studio marked its milestone of 25 years in the industry with the launch of Archlights, a Times of...
Managing Director, Symbion
Mutua is a registered architect in Kenya and Botswana. He joined Symbion in 2002 as a junior architect and rose through the ranks to his current position as the Managing Director of the Nairobi office. Between 2009 and 2014, he...
Head - International Sales, FG Glass
Suresh Aiyer is the International Sales Head of FG Glass Industries Pvt Ltd- the leading Glass processor in India. He has been associated with glass Industry for 11+ years and worked with many land mark projects in Africa and South...
Technical Director, Schüco Middle East
Alastair Common was born in UK (1976) and finished his Civil Engineering studies with Honors. He started his career in the façade industry in 2002 and has since then obtained a wealth of knowledge through experience gained in Italy, Ireland,...
Technical Director, China Southern Glass
Chengde Huang is currently the Technical Director of Architectural Glass Division at CSG which is the leading low-e glass manufacturer in China. With over ten years’ experience in energy efficient glass for buildings, he has worked on numerous landmark buildings...
Director, Paragon Group
Henning Rasmuss co-founded Paragon Architects in 1997 with Anthony Orelowitz. He is a founding director of all companies in the Paragon Group. He has been responsible for all the Group’s International Projects, and for Business Development in Africa. Henning’s key...
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...
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...
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...
Regional Director, Axis Façades
With a view to lead by example through devoted work ethics and constant innovation, Suresh is one of the most sought after façade consultants of India with a unique approach of integrating and detailing to insure that all elements of...
Conference Agenda
  • City Façades: Bent coastlines and escaped animals
  • Political Needles: ‘Africa’s Tallest Tower’ over and over and over
  • Pragmatic Façades: What is actually possible
  • Inspiration need not be a brand or a latest technology, it can be a age old technology
  • Client’s perspective of a iconic building with respect to the environment
  • Systems and materials which could be considered while designing the façade
  • Involvement of local skilled personnel and benefits of training and awareness
  • Evolution
  • Innovation
  • Challenges
  • Sustainability
  • Building regulations in Kenya
  • Façades apace with regulations
  • Façades outpacing regulations
  • Case study on the Al Fattan Crystal Towers, Dubai
  • How the design evolved from stick to unitised curtain wall system
  • Simplifying complex façade geometry
  • Digitalization: Your daily fix!
  • Pre-engineering before installation: Challenges, benefits & case study
  • Windows, doors & curtain walls: Local systems v/s imported systems
  • Price comparisons: Local systems v/s imported systems
  • Use of glass in high-rise tower
  • Sustainable/dynamic façades
  • Case study of 96 Legends Square, Colombo, Sri Lanka
  • Building identity of an evolving industrial neighbourhood
  • Balancing motif and sustainability
  • Symbolism in façade mural
      • Characteristics of Aluminium
      • Core composition and fire classification
      • Coating systems
  • Glass use for creating fire safe façade compartment and escape routes
  • The new revolution of digitally printed glass for architecture
  • Aesthetics
  • Importance of Environment
  • Structural considerations
  • Limitation of g-value or SC
  • Total solar IR transmittance
  • Application considerations
  • 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 façade procurement to suit local requirements

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