16th Edition – Zak World of Façades Qatar

After the huge success of the inaugural Zak World of Façades Middle East earlier this year in Dubai, the second edition in the conference series took place on the 27th October 2015 at The Marriott Marquis in Doha, Qatar. The event had gathered 241 attendees comprising some of the region’s leading architects, façade consultants, glass processors, fire & life safety consultants, façade contractors, developers, PMC’s and representatives from the Qatar Civil Defence and ASHGHAL. The single day event had featured 27 speakers and panelists spread over four engaging sessions.

The opening keynote for the day was delivered by Lars Anders from Priedemann “The Future of Façade Consultancy / Engineering” which set the tone for the conference for the rest of the day; this was followed by other interesting case studies and technical presentations from some of the top consultants on diversified topics. The first half of the day ended with an interactive panel discussion on “Energy Codes, Ratings and Guidelines for Façades” in Qatar.

The afternoon session kicked off with the keynote presentation from Harald Halvorsen from Arabian Profiles, giving insights on GRC & GRP usage in the building envelope with a case study on the iconic Heydar Aliyev Centre in Baku, Azerbaijan and also from some of the iconic projects in the region. The afternoon session came to an end with some interesting and very involved discussion on “Fire Safety in Façades” which featured official representation from the Qatar Civil Defence. The main focus of discussion on this panel was understanding the right choice of material for façades and the current regulations in Qatar and how to improve them.

The last session featured more presentations from our partners and consultants and the conference concluded with an interesting panel discussion on “Understanding Façade Process Management (FPM)”. The second edition of the Zak World of Façades Middle East Doha edition was well received for its content, level of attendees, ambience, networking break-out sessions and more importantly imparting the knowledge of designing aesthetic and fire safe façades in the state of Qatar.

Speakers and Panelists
Managing Director, Pridemann Middle East
Global Façades Manager, Siderise Group
Lead Project Manager, Arab Engineering Bureau
Director, James Cubitt & Partners
Director, Arab Engineering Bureau
Executive Director, Lacasa Qater
General Manager, Qatar Technical Aluminium
General Manager, Alumco Qatar
Head of Marketing, Hilti, Qatar
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,...
General Manager, Qatar Green Leaders
With more than 20 Years of experience in Architectural Design as a Senior Architect & Design Manager, Dia grew a keen interest towards encouraging and accelerating global adoption of sustainable green building and development practices. He has strong experience as...
Head of Sustainablity, Faithful + Gould
Faithful + Gould is a world leading project and programme management consulting group. As the Head of Sustainability, Neil’s role is to ensure that all projects meet the highest standards of performance regarding sustainable design and construction. This involves a...
Fadi Haidar
Lead Design Engineer, MZ & Partners
Fadi graduated in 1996 from Beirut Arab University (BAU), Lebanon, as a Civil Engineer. For few years after, he worked as a Contractor for several types of projects including building facades. In the year 2005 he achieved Master’s Degree in...
Director, Arabian Profile
Harald Halvorsen co-founded Arabian Profile in 1984 and has been instrumental in establishing the organisation into the global cladding fabrication company that it is today. An architect by trade, Harald overseas all technical development, with key focus on execution of...
Jean Marc Luvisutto
Managing Director, Technal Middle East
Jean-Marc Luvisutto is the Managing Director, SBS (Sapa Building Systems) – Middle East and India. He is associated with the company ofor the past 38 years, spear heading various divisions including technical, marketing and communication, from various locations (France, Portugal,...
Project Director, KEO International
Mr. Mohamad has 29 years of diversified experience in design, Project Management, Production Management. He leads the projects in all Design Phases with the following professional skills and duties: – Manage the projects and lead the project team from concept...
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...
Managing Director, Seele
With more than 20 years of international experience in realizing complex and innovative steel-glass, all-glass, and tensile structure architecture. Thomas Spitzer has helmed many projects including Wimbledon No. 1 Court (London/UK), Bloomberg (London/UK), New Square Bridges (London/UK), Chadstone Shopping Centre...
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...
Group CEO, Priedemann Façade Experts
Lars Anders is the CEO of Priedemann Façade Experts and Façade-Lab Research & Development Center, which accomplishes tasks relating to the façade or building envelope. In this role, He manages and leads along with his managing partners, a team providing...
Head of Architecture PMC, Hamad Medical Corporation
Amr’s expertise are in architectural area planning, drafting, and building technologies. He has extensive knowledge of commercial and residential construction/renovation& work well with vendors across private, commercial, and public sectors. Amr’s technical skills include and expertise in various architecture models,...
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...
CEO, Butler Engineering
Sajid Raza is the CEO at BUTLER ENGINEERING (ME) responsible for the overall management and operational steering of the company in the Middle East, Europe, and Asia. Under his leadership, Butler Fire Consulting provides a wide range of fire engineering...
Director, Future Architectural Glass
Firoz Kachwala is the Founding member and General Manager of Future Architectural Glass. With Masters degree specializing in Operations and Bachelor in Engineering, Firoz was instrumental in setting up the advanced safety glass manufacturing plant in RAK (UAE) pushing the...
Conference Agenda
  • Trends today
  • Resulting demands tomorrow
  • The façade specialist in 2020
  • Efficient design of high rise façades
  • Considerations in high rise façade installations
  • Future innovations of high rise façade design and construction
  • Anchoring working principles
  • Shortcomings in anchoring installation
  • Eliminating risk through technology (safeset technology)
  • Complex curved and twisted façade geometries
  • High performance façades to reduce solar heat gains
  • The importance of quality control by qualified façade inspectors
  • Energy efficient sustainable façades
  • Ways in confronting the elements
  • Comfort requirements in buildings
  • Design, engineering and challenges on the King Abdulaziz Center for World Culture, Dahran, Saudi Arabia
  • Case studies on King Abdullah Petroleum Studies and Research Centre, Riyadh & other exciting projects in the Middle East
  • GRC used as a permanent form work of highrise buildings
  • Use of facemix, sealers & anti-graffiti coating on GRC panels and the  effect on cleaning and maintenance of the façade
  • GRP façades & fire protection
  • Overview of fire rated glass
  • Integration of fire rated glass in a system
  • Correct specification of fire rated glass
  • Guidance on compliant specification
  • Insight to current test methodology
  • Clarity on different approaches to installation and associated risks
  • Glass buildings seen as fire hazard - myth or reality ?
  • Cladding - right choice of material
  • Preventing the spread of smoke from floor to floor - perimeter protection, smoke ventilation & other passive fire protection, fire rated material or fire retardant material
  • Smoke ventilation & other passive fire protection
  • Fire rated material or fire retardant material

Lars Anders

  • Focusing on the job – client groups, expertise range, service availability
  • Avoiding information loss – workflow from concept to machine
  • Innovation realized – case studies and client value
  • Experiencing sustainable technology – service strategy for façade consultancy industry
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