43rd Edition – Zak World of Façades Hong Kong

This was the 43rd edition globally and 2nd edition in the Greater China region. It showcased the latest innovations and challenges in the construction industry pertaining to building envelopes and the latest technological solutions.

Speakers and Panelists
Architect and Technical Director, VS-A
Robert-Jan van Santen graduated in Architecture from UPA3 Versailles, France. He worked for 4 years in “Atelier de Paris” with Renzo Piano in Paris. He set up his own consulting firm focusing on building envelopes, “Bureau d’études façade van SANTEN”...
Director of Sustainability, Aedas
Benny Chow is an award winning sustainable design expert with worldwide project experience and the USGBC LEED International Roundtable Representative, LEED AP BD+C (USGBC), China Green Building Council Expert Panel Member (Building Physics), appointed as the Member of the Board...
Director, DLN Architects
Carolin Fong has over 20 years of practicing experience specializing in architectural design and contract administration.  Since her completion of the Master Studies in Environmental Design in Architecture in Cambridge University, she has been involved in a broad spectrum of...
Project Director, Lead 8
Lead 8 Project Director Axel Funke is an all-round architect with over 30 years of industry experience in the design and delivery of architecture and construction projects. His portfolio of award-winning projects ranges from the architecture and façade design of...
Regional Marketing Manager - Asia Pacific, AkzoNobel
Annie is Regional Marketing Manager, Asia Pacific, AkzoNobel, based in Shanghai; She joined Akzonobel in 2003, worked in different BUs with different positions related to Sales, Marketing and Management role etc.; Before joined AkzoNobel, Annie spent several years with a...
Managing Director, HS+A
Andreas was the Managing Director of the renowned curtain wall firm Josef Gartner Asian operations till 2002. His initial façade project was Lloyd’s Insurance Building in London while working at Josef Gartner design department in Germany before.
In 2002 Andreas joined...
Export Sales Director, Renson
Frank Goudman is a Belgian engineer in civil building graduated in 1988. In the first years of his career he was R&D manager for Reynaers Aluminium and since 1994 as an Export Director for Reynaers Aluminium, has been developing new...
Technical Consultant APAC, Kuraray
Malvinder Singh Roopra is a structural engineer by qualification. He started working in the industry as a structural façade engineer in 2004. He has rich experience in analyzing structural analysis of laminated glass considering viscoelastic properties of the polymer interlayers....
Group Tender Manager, Craft Holdings
With more than 35 years of experience working in construction and development, Peter brings with him a holistic view to the industry. He has worked with many international clients and architects on a variety of projects types, ranging from high-rise,...
Managing Director, G-Smatt Global
Sungmin leads G-Smatt Global’s international market on sales operation and strategic approach, focusing on establishing an echo system and global platform of cross-industry alliance and partnership by widely offering the business transformation consulting (bring IT media into real estate by...
Group Project Leader - Extrusion Coatings, Valspar
With 20+ years of experience in the chemical industry, Chrissa Bales has dedicated more than half of her career to coatings. Chrissa has served as group project leader for extrusion coatings in Garland, Texas since 2011, managing color match efforts...
Vice President, Hong Kong Façade Association
Sammy is based at Dow Chemical Pacific office in Hong Kong and leads business development in the field of high performance façade solutions. With over 20 years’ professional experience in building industry, Sammy joined Dow Corning in 1995, being serviced...
Senior Façade Engineer, BuroHappold Engineering
Charis works within the Buro Happold Façade Engineering team with main focus on international and complex geometry projects. She has lived in London, Beijing and Hong Kong working on a variety of projects in a range of sectors and has...
Senior Associate, Zaha Hadid Architects
Simon is a Project Director and Senior Associate at Zaha Hadid Architects. He joined the company in 1996 and has been a contributor over a series of signature projects and competitions. He currently heads Zaha Hadid Architects’ regional office in...
Senior Associate Principal, KPF
Steffen has more than 17 years of international experience in Europe, Hong Kong, Singapore, Thailand, China and the Philippines. Throughout his professional career, after graduating from Bauhaus University Weimar in Germany 2001, he has carried out projects in a wide...
Associate Director, LWK
Dominique Lew is an Associate Director at LWK and a graduate of London AA School of Architecture. He has been a member of the ARB and RIBA since 2003 and has 20 years of experience in the industry, the first...
Associate Director – Buildings (Façade), Arcadis
Abdulla moved to Hong Kong in 1991 immediately after his graduation in Architectural Engineering from Regional Engineering College, University of Calicut, India (now National Institute of Technology). He started his career in the Engineering division of an Architectural consultancy firm...
Technical Director, Far East Aluminium
Mr. Simon Sun Nung CHAN is the Technical Director of Far East Aluminum Works Company Ltd (Hong Kong). With over 30 years of experience in curtain wall design, he has extensive and profound knowledge in the façade industry in Hong...
Associate Director, UNStudio
Garett Hwang is an Associate Director at UNStudio, and has been with the office since 2011. She has worked on numerous projects and competitions in Asia, ranging in scale and complexity, from mixed-use to master plans to pavilions. Garett worked...
Associate Director, Zaha Hadid Architects
Viviana joined Zaha Hadid Architects in 2004, as an associate since 2009, senior associate in 2014 and now associate director since 2016, Viviana has worked on a wide range of projects and competitions in Malaysia, China, Egypt, Singapore, France, and...
Director, Ronald Lu & Partners
Anthony holds a Degree in Architecture from the University of Southern California and a Master of Science in Advanced Architectural Design from Columbia University. He joined Ronald Lu & Partners (RLP) in 1998 after working in the U.S., and has...
General Manager - Greater China, Serge Ferrari
Mr. Eddy HUANG, is the General Manager of Serge Ferrari for Greater China. Eddy has been working in the building material business for over 20 years,which includes 15 years in solar shading & outdoor living business. Eddy is the vice...
Associate Director, Eckersley O'Callaghan
Ian Langham is an Associate Director with engineering design practice Eckersley O’Callaghan. Ian has over 14 years of experience working on a broad range of projects in a variety of materials, from new art galleries to large commercial developments and...
COO, Seele Hong Kong
With over 20 years progressive, international experience managing high level operations and multi-million dollar projects, Diemo has helmed many international projects including Victoria Docks in Hong Kong, ADFC (Abu Dhabi Finance Center), Abu Dhabi/U.A.E., Global Village Pavilions, Dubai/U.A.E., The Landmark...
Associate, Herzog & de Meuron
Stefan Goeddertz began his collaboration with Herzog & de Meuron in 2006. In 2008 he became an Associate of the firm. His focus is on the building envelope. Among other projects, He finished the building envelope of the Elbphilharmonie Hamburg,...
Executive Vice President, Vector Foiltec
Matthew Penrose is the Executive Vice President of Vector Foiltec. He has worked for Vector Foiltec Asia-Pacific for the past 10-years working on iconic ETFE using projects such as Resorts World Sentosa, Universal Studios Singapore, Singapore National Stadium Moving Roof,...
Senior Application Engineering Technical Manager-Asia Pacific, Dow
Jerry Ma joined Dow in 1996. He has spent nearly 22 years in technical service engineering role in the construction industry to support customers/projects in Taiwan, ASEAN countries, Hong Kong and Mainland China. Currently he is supporting Dow High Performance...
Associate, Inhabit Group
Kevin has more than 15 years’ experience in a wide range of project scopes including master planning, architecture and interiors. He is well versed in the particular requirements of the commercial sector, including mixed-use developments, retail, office and hospitality. Throughout...
Principal Lighting Design, Inhabit Group
Ben started his career in the live performance industry over 17 years ago, during which time he also worked as a lighting designer and technician for a variety of bands.  He has since been involved in many different aspects of...
Associate Director, Arup
Jeff has been working in the construction industry for both Architects and Consultants for over 23 years. He progressed into the façade speciality field in 1995 and over the years advanced in his design, testing, fabrication, site supervision and project...
Conference Agenda
  • Constraints and innovation
  • Environmental performance and façade design
  • Case studies
  • Thermal comfort & solar protection
  • Visual comfort & glare control
  • Dynamic façades with day/night effect
  • 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
  • Current methods of designing and storing data
  • Platforms for procurement and fabrication
  • Future of digital: Beyond BIM
  • What did ‘now’ look like then?
  • Technology of the present
  • Our vision of the future
  • Demanding architecture in steel and glass
  • From concept to reality
  • Innovations in design and fabrication
  • Glass and glazing’s
  • Expressions & appearances
  • Developments and processes
  • Digital Influence on façade construction: How is the horizon changing?
  • State-of-the-art trends in contemporary façade designs & aesthetics for Asian projects
  • Culminating complexity of design with safety and sustainability features of the façade
  • Latest materials on the block being used for contemporary façade designs coupled with enhanced safety features

Dr Benny Chow

  • The pre-construction service agreement
  • The process
  • The benefits
  • Need for ventilation in high-rise buildings
  • Need for external shading in high-rise buildings
  • Solutions for the same
  • Engineering challenges behind this panoramic waterfront experience
  • Latest façade lighting technology
  • Impact of façade lighting design
  • Creating real estate wealth in new ways
  • Turning architectural buildings into powerful storytelling medias
  • 4th generation of media façade - bestowing building scale story telling capability to architecture without destroying real estate value
  • Innovative crystal clear bonding technologies
  • Transparent structural silicone adhesive (TSSA)
  • Designs with transparent structural silicone laminates (TSSL)
  • Transparent structural sealant 2400
  • Viscoealstic behaviour of interlayers
  • Analysis approach in SUG -2018 and comparison with other country standards
  • Analysis for laminated glass fins
  • Façades and context
  • Repetition and differentiation
  • Voids and atria
  • Importance of a proper coating specification
  • Trend and new technologies
  • Supporting tools for the specifier
  • Understanding coil and extrusion coatings and end uses
  • Sustainable coating options for architects
  • Innovation in color and aesthetics
  • Pre & Post award contract management: Viable and appropriate approaches for improved construction partnering
  • Best industry practices for contract management and bidding techniques for better project outcomes
  • Mitigating risk elements through complex contract in high value projects
  • Designing succession and continuity plan while devising contingency strategies

Andreas Hiersemenzel

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