30th Oct 2018, Radisson Blu, Kuwait City

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 51st edition globally and 9th edition in the GCC and the 2nd edition in Kuwait, 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.

Speakers and Panelists

Conference Agenda

51st Edition - Zak World of Façades Middle East, 30th Oct 2018, Radisson Blu, Kuwait City

Session - 1(09.30 - 10.35)

08.00 - 08.50

Delegate Registration

Event Convenor

08.50 - 09.00

Welcome Address


09.00 - 09.20

ACT 2.0 – An active cavity façade for the Middle East

  • The challenge if transparency, insulation and glare control
  • How we activated one layer
  • Innovation realized – Project references
Micha Pawelka, Managing Director, Priedemann Middle East

09.20 - 09.40

Straight edges and where to find them

  • Progressive influence of computer aided design and parametric modelling on design
  • Impact of 3D modelling on Kuwait skyline
  • Influence of technology in construction techniques and façade design
Garry Philipps, Lead Architect, Pace

09.40 - 10.00

Smart Façades made by GEZE

  • GEZE Cockpit
  • GEZE in building automation
  • GEZE Smart Systems
Charles Constantin, Managing Director, GEZE Middle East Anthony Makhlouf, Head of Pre-sales Department, GEZE Middle East

10.00 - 10.20

Tensile fabric façade - architectural functions and benefits

  • Thermal comfort & solar protection
  • Visual comfort & glare control
  • Dynamic façades with day/night effect
Sanjoe Rodrigues, Regional Manager - Middle East, Serge Ferrari

10.20 - 10.40


Session - 2(11.00 - 13.00)

10.40 - 11.00

When façades go wrong

  • Case studies on common defects, their consequences and options for remediation
  • Mould in buildings
  • Challenges in glass procurement
  • Failures of aluminium and timber cladding panels, skylights with DGU
  • Let’s talk fire
Maged (Max) Ahmed, Lead Façade Engineer - Middle East, BG&E Façades

11.00 - 11.20

Fifth façade

  • Architectural progression
  • Changing socio economic pattern
  • Coping with technology advancement
Arun Puri, Senior Associate & Head of Architectural Technical Services, Gulf Consult

11.20 - 11.40

Urban evolution in curtain wall design

  • How sustainability and Urban mining will impact the construction sector?
  • Curtain wall design can be made in order to re-cycle materials after the use phase
  • The impact on energy demand to re-produce are as interesting as the need to get hold of the resources to provide recycled materials
Dr Werner Jager, Director Technology & Marketing - DACH Markets, Hydro Building Systems (Presentation sponsored by TECHNAL®)

11.40 - 12.25

PANEL DISCUSSION: Innovations in façade construction for modern architecture

  • Digital Influence on façade construction: How is the horizon changing?
  • State-of-the-art trends in contemporary façade designs & aesthetics for Middle East 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


Arvind Kumar, Manager - Architectural Advisory, Technal Middle East


Sami Alabdulghafour, Director Projects, Mabanee Naser Madouh, Director, Studio Madouh Jassim AlSaddah, Founder, Studio Babnimnim Naji Moujaes, Founder, Pad 10 Sandra Draskovic, General Manager, Kuwait GBC Ejla Salihamidzic, Head of Project Management, Kayan Colm Dunphy, Principle Architect, SSH Design

12.25 - 13.30

Networking Lunch Break

Session - 3(13.50 - 15.40)

13.30 - 13.50

Façades And Roofs

  • Architectural design
  • Strategy and sustainability
Aisha Alsager, Managing Director, AGI Architects

13.50 - 14.10

Presenting Neolith® for ventilated façades”

  • Introducing Neolith®
  • Customized colours
  • Application: Façades and their systems
  • Neolith® + Pureti® for façades
Alvaro Palencia, Architectural Project Manager, Neolith Nasser N. Al Saleh, Representative from Neolith*

14.10 - 14.30

Specifying fire rated glass & systems correctly

  • When & why to use integrity-only (E) versus integrity with insulation (EI)
  • Limitations in sizes in conjunction with type of application
  • Verification & labelling to ensure adherence to specifications
Imran Manasawala, Director, Future Architectural Glass

14.30 - 14.50

Structural and acoustic performance interlayers for façade and window safety glass

  • Newly adopted laminated safety glass elements incorporating structural PVB and Ionoplast interlayers yielding in outstanding glazing design features for complex façade constructions with larger spans
  • Besides decorative and UV control function, acoustic comfort is possible by choosing specific acoustic damping PVB interlayers close to noise zones in global high urban density areas
  • Selecting the right interlayer choice to reduce the risk of delamination in open edge applications
Jan Scheers, Sales and Market Development Manager, Kuraray Europe

15.00 - 15.20

Q&A Session

15.05 - 15.45

Vote of Thanks & End of the Conference

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Presenting Partner

Associate Partners

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