21st Edition – Zak World of Façades India

This was the 21st edition globally and 15th edition in India. It showcased the latest innovations and challenges in the construction industry pertaining to building envelopes and the latest technological solutions.

Speakers and Panelists
Associate Director - Design, RMZ Corp
Managing Director & CEO, FunderMax India Pvt. Ltd
An engineer & doctorate with over 2 decades of extensive Senior Management experience in spearheading business operations across various MNCs, he has been pivotal in establishing new business ventures and has commanded operations with key focus on top/ bottom line...
Director - Developments, Synergy Property Development Services
In 1993, he started his career in Bachelors Of Architecture from Madhav Institute of Technology & Science (MITS), Gwalior. Following his passion, he completed his post graduation in Master’s in Building Engineering and Management from School of Planning & Architecture, New Delhi. In 2001, he started working at TCG...
Director-Design, Venkataramanan associates
Ravindra Kumar (Ravee), heads Design as a Director at Venkataramanan associates. His strength has been in providing innovative design solutions to emerging project trends in Asia. He has a keen understanding of the complex needs of urbanity and its reconstruct...
Director & CEO, Sobha Developers (Glazing Division)
Mr. P.V. Varghese serves as the Chief Executive Officer of Sobha Glazing & Metal Work Division at Sobha Limited and has over 2 decades of experience in the field of Glazing, Cladding & Construction Management. He has been associated with...
Divisional Manager - Project Director, Central Projects Division, ITC
26 years in Industrial Projects and Real Estate Projects. Projects Handled in Steel, Aluminium, Power Substations, Data Centre, Office Building,Residential building sectors. Worked as consultant, contractor, design engineer, commissioning engineer and now in ownership position. Recent projects include green field...
Principal Architect, Thomas Associates
Ar. T M THOMAS has more than 40 years of experience in the field of traditional and specialized architectural services. Having a Bachelor’s degree from the Madras University, he is a Fellow of the Indian Institute of Architects and the...
Head of Corporate Building Excellence, Schüco International
Winfried Heusler has worked with GARTNER, a façade construction company in Germany, from 1981 to 1998. Afterwards, he has been associated with Schüco International as Technical Director for Aluminium and CTO (Chief Technical Officer). As Sr. VP-Engineering, he oversaw international...
Engineering Director, Schueco India
Mr. Antony John has been in the façade and fenestration industry for over two decades and has a vast experience in project management, design, fabrication and installation ranging from residential to commercial sector. He has played a pivotal role in...
Managing Director, Schueco India
Line functions: General Management, CEO, Head of business unit, Start up’s, New Business Development, Field Operations Staff functions: Strategic plans, Board of directors, Business plans, Financial Analysis, Corporate Planning, Product Management, Industrial Marketing 23 Years Experience with 13 years of...
Marketing Manager - India, Gujarat Guardian
Sourabh Kankar heads Marketing Operation at Gujarat Guardian Limited, a leading manufacturer of float, coated and mirror glass products. A Computer Science graduate with a Post Graduate Diploma in Marketing and Finance, Sourabh spent over 14 years in various Technical,...
Director - Sales & Marketing (South Asia), China Southern Glass
Tanuj is the Director for Sales & Marketing for South Asia region for CSG. He has been associated with the façade industry for 9 years. Extensive knowledge & experience over the years has made Tanuj holistic in his approach for...
Project Manager, Priedemann
Smart, deft and witty, Praveen is at the helm of façade consulting business in India as project manager at Preidemann with some of the most complex and iconic façade projects in the country.
Director, Global Façade Solutions
Mr Singh has around 3 decades of experience in manufacturing/design/planning/execution of aluminium window and curtain walling of all types unitized, semi unitized, stick etc., suspended glazing systems, complemented by global experience in the field.
Director, Salarpuria Group
Mr. Mahesh Khaitan serves as a Director at Sattva Group. Mr. Khaitan has more than two decades of rich experience in Planning, Designing and Execution of Projects. He spearheads Project Development, infuses quality and commitment into every aspect of the...
Director, Glass Wall Systems
Born with an aim to conquer his ambition in life and goal. He started working as a entrepreneur to take path in achieving his vision. With over two decade plus experience in Façade industry.He has played a pivotal role in...
Technical Marketing Manager, Kuraray Europe
Bernhard Koll joined the today’s Kuraray Europe company/Germany in 1990. The first 11 years he worked in R&D group for TROSIFOL Polyvinyl Butyral (PVB) interlayer for laminated safety glass. In 2002 he moved to the Technical Marketing position being responsible...
Vice President, Callison RTKL
Jae Kim is a Vice President of Callison RTKL’s Commercial Practice Group that primarily focuses on the India market. He has been a Design Principal for the firms India projects since 2009 and has worked directly with prestigious Indian clients...
Head - Business Development, Glass Wall Systems
Kapil is the head of Business Development in Glass Wall Systems. He looks after the Indian operation & new International Business assignments for Façade Engineering. Glass Wall Systems Pvt Ltd is India’s leading facade fabricator. They provide turnkey architectural facade...
Director, CRN Architects
Kavitha Selvaraj is a Principal architect and Director at C R Narayana Rao. She has worked on a wide variety of projects ranging from residences, campuses to large scale Master planning projects. She divides her time between design practice, teaching...
Associate Vice President, Infosys
Mr. KP Nagraj is an Architecture graduate from the College of Architecture, Goa, currently working as an Associate Vice President with Infosys Ltd. He is one of the extraordinary minds behind the super-efficient sustainable buildings at Infosys. During the beginning...
Head - Marketing, FunderMax India
Niraj has been associated with FunderMax India for the past 4+ years and held various senior executive roles in high volume driven sales division of FunderMax India. Currently he is heading the marketing for India and other nearby SA countries...
Vice President - Projects, Embassy Group
Michael has been a part of the Embassy Group for nearly 4 years. As the VP, he is responsible for all the projects – commercial, residential, hospitality within the group. Embassy Group is one of the leading property developers in...
Manager, Application Engineering & Tech Services, Dow
S. Ravishankar is the Manager – Application Engineering & Technical Service, His primary responsibility is to provide technical service and training to construction customers on various applications. He provides trainings, seminars and technical support for projects throughout India. Ravishankar has...
Chief Commercial Officer, Siderise Group
Graduating in Building Construction then Architectural Science in the early eighties, Steve was immediately employed by the Welsh School of Architecture to develop specifications for fire resistant external cladding and facade systems. This lead to a position with Rockwool where...
Director, Sudhakar Pai Associates
Sudhakar Pai graduated in 1st Class with Distinction from Sir J.J. College of Architecture, Mumbai, in the year 1989. After working with renowned architect Charles Correa, he pursued his Masters Degree at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), USA,...
Technical Head, Q-Railing India
Head of Technical for Q railing India, Vijay leads Technical team for design solutions, estimation, and structural security of handrail system along with sourcing and procurement. Graduated as a Civil Engineer from Mumbai & further acquired his Masters in Marketing...
Director, DP Architects - Singapore
Mr Vikas M Gore was born in the United States and grew up in India. He came to Singapore on a holiday after graduating. Upon joining DP Architects, he ended up liking his job so much it still feels like...
Principal/Studio Head, CnT Architects
CnT Architects (earlier known as Chandavarkar & Thacker Architects Pvt Ltd.) traces its roots back to being Bangalore’s first architectural firm with its practice founded by the late Mr. Narayan Chandavarkar in 1947. It was reorganised under Chandavarkar & Thacker...
Partner, Zachariah Consultants
Abhay is the partner at Zachariah Consultants which is an architecture and design firm that helps companies and organizations create innovative places and identities. The firms practice is characterized by combined emphasis on designed excellence and high standards of client...
Director, Hadi Teherani Project Consultants India
Geetha Pillai is the Director in HadiTeherani Project consultants (India) Pvt. Ltd. She is an architect with over 17 years of experience and has worked on a variety of projects with well established practices. She has graduated from Nagpur University...
Senior Vice President & Global Head - Operations, Wipro
Hariprasad is a C-Level Executive, with close to 3 decades of deep experience in Business, Supply Chain and Operations. He played a key role in scaling up functions as Wipro grew into a multi-billion dollar global business enterprise. He built...
Managing Director, Alufit
Style and charisma personified, suave and enterprising to the core, pankaj Keswani is the founder Managing Director of the 300 Cr. Indian Façade conglomerate – Alufit. Alufit is today a renowned name in the aluminium curtain wall industry and over...
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...
Director, FG Glass
Tariq Kachwala is the Director of FG Glass Industries and has 12 years of experience in the glass processing industry. He spearheads marketing, strategy and new business development and is also a consultant to architects and façade specialists on the...
Conference Agenda
  • Solar spectrum vis-a-vis performance and design
  • Sunguard applications
  • Tools and calculators for glass selection
  • Benefits, aesthetics & functionality
  • Different applications of HPL as cladding, louver, etc
  • Steps for sustainable usage
  • Comparison of two case studies of façade design and implementation in different climatic zones and with disparate architectural intents
  • Building orientation: Highest influence on energy saving
  • Window to wall ratio: One size doesn't fit all
  • Economy: Costliest not necessarily the best
  • Structural safety & modular railings
  • Case study on aluminium railing for high rises
  • Introducing Easy Glass Protect - Designed for safety in an explosion
  • Evolution of façade at macro level and drawing synergies for the Indian market
  • Panaromic façade systems - Schueco FWS 35 PD
  • Texture
  • Materials and methods
  • Regulatory constraints: Challenges to opportunities
  • Guidance on compliant specification
  • Insight to current testing methodology
  • Clarification on different methods of installation and associated risks
  • Principles of acoustic damping in glass
  • Different acoustic PVB interlayers and their benefits
  • Examples of building application with laminated acoustic glazing and their advantages over regular glazing types
  • Customisation: A showcase that made imaginations alive
  • Cast In Channel: The product to catalyse the structural glazing
  • Case study on the tension rod façade structure at Godrej One, Mumbai
  • Point fixed glass façade using seamless bonding technology (TSSA)
  • Rivetless solutions to external non glass façade
  • Quality Bond - Building confidence beyond structural glazing
  • Façade as a protective skin
  • Seamless integration of the façade with the structure
  • Case study of projects in the region
  • Design evolution in residential high rise façades
  • Options in high-rise window designs
  • Automation and BMS integration of high rise façade windows
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