51st Edition – Zak World of Façades Kuwait

This was the 51st edition globally and 9th edition in the GCC and the 2nd edition in Kuwait. It showcased the latest innovations and challenges in the construction industry pertaining to building envelopes and the latest technological solutions.

Speakers and Panelists
Representative, Neolith
Director, Future Architectural Glass
Imran has done his BBM from Singapore and is one of the founding members of Future Architectural Glass. He offers exceptional service & support to architects, consultants and fabricators in ensuring the right product selection when it comes to Glass,...
Managing Director, GEZE Middle East
Charles Constantin, Managing Director of GEZE Middle East, is specialized in Pre-Sales, Engineering, Sales, Marketing, Manufacturing, Supply Chain and After Sales Services in diversified building material segments across industries notably Real Estates Development, Hotels, HVAC Engineering Solutions, Climate Control, Sanitary...
Architectural Project Manager, TheSize Surfaces
Experience in designing and delivering complex façades defined me as façade specialist. I have designed and planned some of the most innovative residential and commercial buildings across the world. Years of experience in building envelop design; currently spearheading efforts as...
Sales and Market Development Manager, Kuraray Europe
Jan Scheers is a Belgium born glass professional working for Kuraray GmbH. He was born in Belgium, in 1964 and started working for the US chemical giant DuPont after finishing his Bachelors in Marketing. He worked for 14 years in...
Managing Director - MEIA, Technoform
Alex Dantziguian is the Managing Director of Technoform Middle East, based in Dubai. TECHNOFORM, is the global leader based in Germany with worldwide know-how on thermal insulation of doors, windows, & façades for over 40 years. With 11 production plants...
Managing Director, AGI Architects
Aisha Alsager currently serves as Managing Director at AGi architects, where she oversees a number of projects spanning a range of program, scale, typology, complexity and overall firm strategy in Kuwait City. Prior to joining AGi, Alsager worked in Boston...
Managing Director, Priedemann
Micha Pawelka is a Managing Director of the Priedemann group and is based in Dubai. Handling the role of business development for the Middle East projects, he is in charge of all sales and marketing activities, implementation of the business...
Senior Associate & Head of Architectural Technical Services, Gulf Consult
Arun joined Gulf Consult in 2002 and currently serves as a Senior Associate and Head of Architectural Technical Services., He has managed teams of architects, engineers and specialist sub-consultants in executing several major projects, from data collection through tender awards...
General Manager, Kuwait GBC
Sandra was awarded a master’s degree in architecture from University of Belgrade. For more than ten years her architectural practice is divided between conceptualizing, designing, managing and executing a diverse residential, commercial, and hospitality projects in Serbia, France, Qatar, UK,...
Head of Project Management, Kayan
With more than 10 years of experience, Ejla Salihamidzic is the department head of the project management department at Kayan. In 2004, Ejla graduated from the University of Sarajevo in Bosnia with a bachelor in Architectural Engineering. Her education and...
Principal Architect, SSH Design
Currently with over twelve years’ experience in architectural design and construction, he has exceptional skills as a Principal Designer, studio and team management, client liaising, construction, planning, detailing and project management. He has worked with Devereux architects where he has...
Founder, Studio Babnimnim
Jassim AlSaddah is a Kuwait-based architect who obtained his diploma (RIBA II) at the Architectural Association (AA) in London in 2008. Following this, Jassim took part in internships in London and Kuwait as well as freelancing as a Graphic Artist...
Director, Studio Madouh
NASER MADOUH is the Founder and Director of STUDIO MADOUH, an International firm that realizes contemporary Architecture, Urban, Interior Design, and Décor projects. MADOUH’s cutting edge work and progressive philosophy gained international attention, recently awarded at the International Design Awards...
Lead Architect, Pace
Garry is Lead Architect at Pace | Architecture, Engineering + Planning and an ARB registered and RIBA chartered architect with 20 years of practical experience, 8 of which based in Hong Kong. Garry’s recent experience includes a position as Project...
Director Company Projects, Mabanee
Sami Alabdulghafour received a bachelor’s degree in Architecture Engineering from Agriculture And Technical State University in North Carolina in 1987. He is currently the Director of Projects at Mabanee. His previous job was as The Head of Construction and Maintenance...
Head of Pre-sales Department, GEZE Middle East
Anthony Makhlouf, Head of Pre-sales Department at GEZE Middle East, a background of Design and innovation with a Master’s Degree in Interior design and graphics, 10 years of Experience in the field of Specification and Special services for architects, consultants,...
Founder, Pad 10
Mr. Moujaes is the recipient of ‘Architects of Healing’ Presidential Citation by the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Board of Directors, for his role in the design of the World Trade Center Memorial Museum in New York City, the Young Architects...
Lead Façade Engineer - Middle East, BG&E Façades
“Maged (Max) Ahmed joined BG&E Façades in 2014 as a senior façade engineer. After two years in the head office in Melbourne, Australia; he re-located to the Middle East where he established the Middle East presence of BG&E Façades. Since then,...
Regional Manager - Middle East, Serge Ferrari
Sanjoe Rodrigues is the Regional Manager of Serge Ferrari ME. He’s a civil Engineer by profession and has been associated with the field of tensile membrane architecture for over 15 years. He has been in the building industry since 2000...
Director Application Technology and Project Sales International, Hydro Building Systems
Werner Jager, Dr.-Ing., has over 20 years of international experience in the creation and management of multi-location teams as well as profound competence in the engineering and design of building envelopes. Since 2017, he is the Director of Technical Marketing...
Conference Agenda
  • The challenge if transparency, insulation and glare control
  • How we activated one layer
  • Innovation realized – Project references
  • 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
  • Thermal comfort & solar protection
  • Visual comfort & glare control
  • Dynamic façades with day/night effect
  • 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
  • Architectural progression
  • Changing socio economic pattern
  • Coping with technology advancement
  • 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
  • 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

  • Architectural design
  • Strategy and sustainability
  • Introducing Neolith®
  • Customized colours
  • Application: Façades and their systems
  • Neolith® + Pureti® for façades
  • 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
  • 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
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