58th Edition – Zak World of Façades UAE

This was the 58th global edition and the 5th edition in UAE. The conference discussed the latest innovations and challenges in the construction industry pertaining to the building envelope and the latest technological solutions.

Speakers and Panelists
Managing Director, Meinhardt Façade Technology
Paul Grove has 31 years of experience in the façade industry, attaining an extensive in depth knowledge of Unitized façade systems, Conventional Stick façade systems, Aluminium cladding systems, Roofing systems, along with Louvre and sunshade systems, giving a complete knowledge...
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...
Sales and Market Development Manager, Kuraray Europe
Jan Scheers is a Belgium born glass professional working for Kuraray GmbH. He was born in Belgium (°1964) and started working for the US chemical giant DuPont after finishing his Bachelor in Marketing. He worked for 14 years in the...
Executive Director, Lacasa
Abdullah possesses over 20 years of experience working on projects across all tender stages. His expertise lies in overseeing all aspects of the project including contracts, finances, quality, procurement, risk, and delivery. As the Executive Director of LACASA, his role involves overseeing...
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...
Managing Partner, AESG
Scott is the co-founder and Managing Partner of AESG, an award winning, Specialist Consultancy, Engineering and Advisory firm headquartered in London and Dubai, working throughout the Middle East, Europe and Asia. Under Scott’s leadership, AESG has grown to be a...
Executive Director, Inhabit Group
Robert Stephens is the Executive Director for Inhabit and is responsible for group operations in the Middle East and Europe. He has over 20 years of façade construction experience in Europe, the Middle East and Far East. For the last...
Head of Façades, WSP
Andy has over 25 years of experience in the field of Building and Construction, ranging from structural testing within the nuclear industry to fire testing. Having established the Dubai Cladding Technology Centre and Laboratory, and operated it for 10 years,...
International Director | Head of Interdisciplinary Design & Innovation, Drees & Sommer
With a background in Mathematics (Bacc-II), Architecture (BSc), Computation (MSc), Engineering (MSc) and Design Communication (ongoing PhD), Abdulmajid Karanouh has developed over the years from a passionate specialist in complex geometry into an inter-disciplinary design lead in high-tech architecture. From...
Director Pre-Construction Services, Schueco Middle East
Thomas Fruhmann is a senior Façade/Building Skin Specialist with a top-level experience in curtain wall construction industry. He has acquired a diversified experience in design, production, project coordination, project management, contracts management, risk management, and tender/sales management, and developed a...
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...
Director, Koltay Façades
Agnes Koltay has a Masters degree in Architecture (Hungary, USA) and in Façade Engineering (UK) and worked with award winning architects and multidisciplinary engineering companies before founding Koltay Façades, a boutique façade engineering consultancy firm, in 2011. She is the...
Façade Director, Werner Sobek
Benjamin has been working as a façade professional for 20 years with projects around the world and long-term positions in Stuttgart, London, New York and Dubai. After building up and heading the Dubai office of Werner Sobek in the position...
Technical Director, Schüco Middle East
Alastair Common was born in UK (1976) and finished his Civil Engineering studies with Honors. He started his career in the façade industry in 2002 and has since then obtained a wealth of knowledge through experience gained in Italy, Ireland,...
Managing Director, Schüco Middle East
Ammar Alul is the Managing Director of Schüco Middle East which is the regional headquarters of Schüco International KG that’s responsible for eleven countries across the Region.  He has been in the Middle East since 1996 and has held several...
Director of Design, Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture
AS+GG Design Director, Alejandro Stochetti AIA, is building an impressive body of international work in all scales and typologies. He embraces the challenges of highly prominent projects with global exposure as well as of smaller, cost-conscious projects, with their own...
Principal, Perkins+Will
Firas Hnoosh has 20 years of professional design experience. Before joining Perkins+Will, Firas has led a design studio at the London office of the renowned architectural design firm Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM). He moved to the UAE in 2013...
Chief Executive Officer, Lever Building Materials
“Ammar Saad is the CEO of Lever Building Materials. After graduating with a Bachelor of Engineering from the American University of Beirut, he co-founded Lever Building Materials in 1992. Ammar also heads the Technical Department of Lever BM, handling iconic...
Founder & Director, T.ZED Architects
Tarik Zaharna grew up in Luxembourg before moving to London and earning his degree from The Bartlett School of Architecture (UCL). After he graduated, he worked for design firms such as Urban A&O in New York and Bolles+Wilson in Münster,...
Sales & Specifications Manager - Powder Coatings, Akzonobel
Waleed Nashaat is the Sales & Specification manager at AkzoNobel and has graduated from the Faculty of Engineering Metallurgy department – Cairo University. He has worked in the coating industry for the last 10 years with certificates from SSPC &...
Technical Director, Meinhardt Façade Technology
Michelle graduate as an Architect with the PUC-PR University – Brazil. In the first years of her career she gained experience as an architect working in Brazil and Australia. In 2004, she has completed a Masters Degree in Structural and...
Principal, KPF
Mustafa Chehabeddine is a Design Principle at Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates (KPF) with over 20 years’ experience as an architect. He has worked on projects around the world, from commercial, residential, hospitality and mixed-use developments to large-scale masterplans with complex...
Regional Manager - MEA, WATG
Nasser has over 21 years of diverse, international experience working throughout the Middle East, North Africa, the Americas and Asia. He has been involved in projects of all scales ranging from smaller mixed-use site plans and detailed landscape designs and...
President & COO, Novum International
Alan Bridger is President + COO of Novum International with full commercial responsibility for Novum entities in the UK, Germany, Turkey, UAE, South Africa and India. Alan began his career as an Airframe Systems Engineer at British Aerospace. In 1990,...
Façade Manager, ASGC
Michael Orford joined ASGC in 2015 as the lead Façade Manager and with over 30 years of diverse façade experience in a wide range of construction sections including hospitality, residential, commercial, industrial, and healthcare. He holds a BSc in Building...
Project Leader, Woods Bagot
Ian Mason is the Project Leader at Woods Bagot and is a skilled Senior Architectural Technician with over 30 years of wide ranging international experience. His project experience ranges from a variety of sectors including convention centers, mixed use, residential,...
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,...
Marketing Manager - EMEA, High Performance Building Solutions, Dow Performance Silicones
Markus Plettau is Marketing Manager – EMEA, High Performance Building Solutions at Dow Performance Silicones. He is based in Wiesbaden, Germany. Markus leads the marketing activities for High Performance Building Solutions in Europe which look at developing and implementing silicone and silicone based...
Associate Director | Middle East Façade Engineering Leader, Arup
Stuart is the Facade Engineering Leader for Arup the Middle East. Stuart has been with Arup for 21 years in Dublin, London, Singapore and has been based in Dubai since 2006, Stuart is a Fellow of the Society of Facade...
Conference Agenda
  • The beginnings of glass & façades
  • The evolution of a new profession
  • The evolution of façade design
  • The future
  • Complex geometry and the challenge of building a ground scraper
  • Climate responsive approach to massing and orientation to avoid the need for external sun shading
  • Possibly the largest free-standing glass façade in the world
  • Need for ventilation in high-rise buildings
  • Need for external shading in high-rise buildings
  • Solutions for the same
  • Rationalizing geometry
  • Simplifying fabrication and installation
  • Minimizing costs
  • Façade engineering design & development process, including glass and stainless steel curtain wall, glazed panoramic lift enclosure and large tension cable system in the lobby
  • Introduction to the multi-storey skybridge and skywalk tourist feature with glass floor
  • Overview of the façade access strategy, including complex areas like bridge soffit
  • 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!
  • Challenging the industry
  • When what we need does not exist yet
  • Working with contractors, fabricators and regional challenges
  • Evolution of solar shading techniques for better building performances
  • Balancing sunlight blocking and penetration for better inhabitants experience
  • Can dynamic glass or integrated renewable energy shading system be the answer for the region?
  • Active versus passive shading: Looking at long term solutions

Scott Coombes

  • Role of culture in architectural façades design
  • Climatically influenced building envelope design
  • The modern Arabic skyscraper
  • Using a virtual model for façade zoning and cost planning and engineering models to optimise and refine the façade design and gain construction economies
  • Parametric glare and thermal studies to maximize façade performance
  • Designing a hybrid glass and aluminium mullion to minimize visual obstruction and maximize transparency
  • Integration of innovative maintenance system solutions (cleaning and access to the soffit façades) and analysis of tall building differential deflections using the latest computational methods
  • Communicating the models and design intent concisely into contract specifications / BOQ’s
  • Cladding combining aesthetics with high performance
  • The fiber cement technology, fiber cement boards and fire certification process and roadmap until a certificate of compliance in UAE
  • The fundamental necessity of working with a turnkey solution, provided by a facade specialist delivering the full value chain
  • Latest advancement in structural bonding and glazing
  • Project management service to manage project timing and quality
  • Structural glazing…a journey through high performance in modern façade designs
  • 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
  • How new technologies can support façade design
  • Powder coating and sustainability
  • Digital support tools for designers and specifiers
  • GEZE Cockpit: The first smart door, window and safety system
  • GEZE in Building Automation
  • GEZE Smart Systems
  • Sustainable façade design for enhanced solar-thermal performance
  • Parametric modelling for curved and complex geometry façades
  • 3D printing as a future outlook
  • High-tech composite façade materials for landmark projects
  • Integrating the right assessment models for getting the most value out of façades
  • Value engineering versus value extortion: Is it cost reduction for diminished value?
  • Continuing the process improvisations for best practices
  • Value engineering for bespoke façade procurement to suit local requirements

Andy Dean

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