16th Apr 2019, The Nile Ritz-Carlton, Cairo

About the Event


Zak World of Façades is an International conference series on the subject of façade design & engineering. The conference now takes place in Asia (Singapore, India, Sri Lanka, Indonesia, Thailand, Malaysia, Philippines and Hong Kong), Middle East (United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and Kuwait), Africa (Kenya, Morocco and South Africa), Europe (United Kingdom and France), Australasia (Australia and New Zealand) and the United States of America.

Now in it’s 59th global edition and the 1st edition in Egypt, the conference will discuss the latest innovations and challenges in the construction industry pertaining to the building envelope and will showcase the latest technological solutions.

Visit www.facades.com.eg for details of the previous events.

Speakers and Panelists

Conference Agenda

59th Edition - Zak World of Façades Egypt, 16th Apr 2019, The Nile Ritz-Carlton, Cairo

Session - 1(09.30 - 10.35)

08.00 - 08.50

Delegate Registration

Event Convenor

08.50 - 08.55

Welcome Address


08.55 - 09.00

Challenges and Opportunities in the Egyptian Market

Dr. Jörg Westphal, Executive Senior Vice President, Schüco International

09.00 - 09.25

The Changing Façade of Egypt

  • Defining the façade culture
  • The façade revolution
  • Progressive inspiration
Raymond Miller, Founding Partner, Raafat Miller Consulting

09.25 - 09.50

Unveiling the Value of Façade Consultancy

  • Where they come from and what they want?
  • Design for a budget vs. Budgeting a design
  • The interface with the fabricator
  • Who is competent?
Micha Pawelka, Managing Director, Priedemann Façade Experts

09.50 - 10.10

Enabling the Impossible with Dow

  • Dow high performance building toolbox
  • DOWSIL @ work
  • Dow project support
Enrico Cutri, Global Building Project Specification Manager - EMEAI, Dow Chemical Company

10.10 - 10.30

Contemporary Architecture Under the Light of Egypt

  • Cairo temple of 20th century architecture
  • How architecture speaks
  • The evolution of façade design in Egypt
Yasser Al-Beltagy, Chairman, YBA Architects

10.30 - 10.50


Session - 2(11.00 - 13.00)

10.50 - 11.10

Smart Façades Made by GEZE

  • GEZE history
  • GEZE in building automation
  • GEZE smart systems and project references
Charles Constantin, Managing Director, GEZE Middle East

11.10 - 11.30

Global Experience and Local Presence

  • 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!
Alastair Common, Technical Director, Schüco Middle East

11.30 - 12.00

Design & Innovation: ECG Projects in Egypt

  • The new image for Egypt's new administrative capital - Governmental district
  • Financial district at the new capital as a hub for modern Egyptian economy
  • The new Alamein city / towers a futuristic image overlooking the mediterranean sea
Ahmed Fayez, Principal Architect, ECG Engineering Consultants Group

12.00 - 12.45

PANEL DISCUSSION: Sustainability and Innovation Through Façades

  • The need for sustainable façades
  • Understanding the role of building envelopes to meet local Green Building regulations
  • Rating standards and stakeholder coordination for façades
  • Thermal performance in curtain wall & fenestration
  • Dynamic shading techniques


Racha Rachwan, Design Manager, Al-Futtaim


Dr. Hani Mohamed El Rashidy, Head of Façade Design Unit, Dar Al-Handasah Karim Farah, Managing Director, REEDS Consult Asmaa El Goweni, Founder & Director, Archimid Tamer Anani, Executive Director - Design & Engineering, SODIC Heba Abdullah, Deputy Head of Architectural Department - Technical Office, Grand Egyptian Museum, HILL International & EHAF Consulting Engineers JV

12.45 - 13.40

Networking Lunch Break

Session - 3(13.50 - 15.40)

13.40 - 14.00

Urban Façades

  • Cultural influence on urban façades
  • The socio-economic influence on façades
  • Implementation of modern technology & sustainability on urban façades
Dr. Mohamed Ayman Ashour, Founder, Archplan International

14.00 - 14.20

Performative and Generative Façade Investigations

  • Generative approach to façade design
  • Performative aspects and indicators
  • Simulation and experimental Testing
Dr. Khaled Tarabieh, Assistant Professor of Sustainable Design - Department of Architecture, The American University in Cairo Dr. Sherif Abdelmohsen, Associate Professor - Department of Architecture, The American University in Cairo

14.20 - 14.40

Quality Lies in the Details: The ACP Case

  • Characteristics of Aluminium
  • Core composition and fire classification
  • Coating systems
Angelos Zografos, Technical Sales Engineer, Elval Colour

14.40 - 15.00

Design Optimization: Benefits of Value Engineering

  • Real life examples (anchoring, cast-in, firestop, etc)
  • Compliance with codes & regulations
Nabeel Zabad, Segment Manager - Façade, Hilti Middle East Cynthia Mikhael, Regional Business Developer - Façade, Hilti Middle East

15.00 - 15.20

Thermal Break Systems - The Solution for Saving Energy, the Environment and Money

  • Defining thermal break systems
  • Advantages
  • Evolution
Alex Dantziguian, Managing Director - MEIA, Technoform

15.20 - 15.40

Analysis of Single Vertical Tension Cable for Façades

  • Stress patterns & features of cable structures
  • Precautions in the design & construction of tension cable system
  • Case study on the Crystal Restaurant
Ellison Wang, Sales Manager - Africa, Guangdong Kinlong Hardware Products Leo Liu, Structural Engineer, Guangdong Kinlong Hardware Products

15.40 - 16.00

Networking Tea/Coffee Break

Session - 4(16.00 - 17.45)

16.00 - 16.20

Sustainable Coatings

  • Comparison between different aluminium finishes
  • The different classifications of powder coatings
  • Different powder collections and benefits
Khalid Shamlawi, Specifications Manager, Jotun Powder Coatings UAE

16.20 - 16.40

Energy Efficiency of Low-E Glass Products for Buildings

  • Limitation of g-value or SC
  • Total solar IR transmittance
  • Application considerations
Dr. Chengde Huang, Technical Director, China Southern Glass

16.40 - 17.25

PANEL DISCUSSION: Understanding Façade Process Management - FPM

  • Façade deliveries, understanding and mitigating risk
  • The need for FPM
  • Implementation - Players involved and their roles
  • Possible pitfalls and their avoidance
  • Effect on the bottom line


Thomas Fruhmann, Director of Consultancy Services, Schüco Middle East


Gamal Farid, General Manager, Alico Egypt Wesam Gamal, Façade Manager, Orascom Construction Abdel Nasser Taha, President Founder, FIABCI Egypt Chapter

17.25 - 17.30

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