19th Mar 2019, The Conrad, Dubai

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 58th global edition and 12th edition in the GCC and the 5th edition in UAE, 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.

Visit www.facades.ae for details of the previous events.

Speakers and Panelists

Conference Agenda

58th Edition - Zak World of Façades Middle East, 19th Mar 2019, The Conrad, Dubai

Session - 1(09.30 - 10.35)

08.00 - 08.50

Delegate Registration

Event Convenor

Thomas Fruhmann, Director of Consultancy Services, Schüco Middle East

08.50 - 08.55

Welcome Address


08.55 - 09.00

Sustainability, necessity and opportunity for the building

Ammar Alul, Managing Director, Schüco Middle East

09.00 - 09.25

A Brief History of the Envelope and where we will be Delivered

  • The beginnings of glass & façades
  • The evolution of a new profession
  • The evolution of façade design
  • The future
Stuart Clarke, Associate Director | Middle East Façade Engineering Leader, Arup

09.25 - 09.50

Abu Dhabi International Airport Midfield Terminal Complex – Building Envelope

  • 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
Mustafa Chehabeddine, Principal, KPF

09.50 - 10.10

External Solar Shading and Natural Ventilation in High-Rise Buildings

  • Need for ventilation in high-rise buildings
  • Need for external shading in high-rise buildings
  • Solutions for the same
Frank Goudman, Export Sales Director, Renson

10.10 - 10.30

Practical Approach for Complex Geometry Façades

  • Rationalizing geometry
  • Simplifying fabrication and installation
  • Minimizing costs
Michelle Bacellar, Technical Director, Meinhardt Façade Technology

10.30 - 10.50


Session - 2(11.00 - 13.00)

10.50 - 11.10

Building Sky View – The Latest Landmark in Dubai!

  • 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
Agnes Koltay, Director, Koltay Façades

11.10 - 11.30

Global Experience and Local Presence

  • 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!
Alastair Common, Technical Director, Schüco Middle East

11.30 - 12.00

Case Study: Expo Astana

  • Challenging the industry
  • When what we need does not exist yet
  • Working with contractors, fabricators and regional challenges
Alejandro Stochetti, Director of Design, Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture

12.00 - 12.45

PANEL DISCUSSION : Solar Shading Through Façades: Tropical Solutions Through Smart Building Skins

  • 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, Director, AESG


Tarik Al Zaharna, Founder & Director, T.ZED Architects Thomas Fruhmann, Director of Consultancy Services, Schüco Middle East Nasser Turk, Regional Manager - MEA, WATG Micha Pawelka, Managing Director, Priedemann Façade Experts

12.45 - 13.40

Networking Lunch Break

Session - 3(13.50 - 15.40)

13.40 - 14.00

Designing Local in a Global Context

  • Role of culture in architectural façades design
  • Climatically influenced building envelope design
  • The modern Arabic skyscraper
Firas Hnoosh, Principal, Perkins+Will

14.00 - 14.20

One Zabeel – Façade Design and Procurement Using New Approaches for Improved Quality and Economics

  • 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
Robert Stephens, Executive Director, Inhabit Group

14.20 - 14.40

Fiber Cement External Cladding and Ventilated Façades in the UAE

  • 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
Ammar Saad, Chief Executive Officer, Lever Building Materials

14.40 - 15.00

Modern Glass Façades – Structural Glazing with Proven and Innovative Technologies

  • 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
Markus Plettau, Marketing Manager - EMEA, High Performance Building Solutions, Dow Performance Silicones

15.00 - 15.20

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 - Middle East, Kuraray Europe

15.20 - 15.40

Powder Coating Technologies Supporting Façade Design

  • How new technologies can support façade design
  • Powder coating and sustainability
  • Digital support tools for designers and specifiers
Waleed Nashaat, Sales & Specifications Manager - Powder Coatings, Akzonobel

15.40 - 16.00

Networking Tea/Coffee Break

Session - 4(16.00 - 17.45)

16.00 - 16.20

Smart Façades Made by GEZE

  • GEZE Cockpit: The first smart door, window and safety system
  • GEZE in Building Automation
  • GEZE Smart Systems
Charles Constantin, Managing Director, GEZE Middle East Anthony Makhlouf, Head of Pre-Sales Department, GEZE Middle East

16.20 - 16.40

Advanced Façade Engineering for Landmark Projects in the Middle East

  • 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
Benjamin Beer, Head of Façades, Ramboll Middle East

16.40 - 17.25

PANEL DISCUSSION : Façade Value Engineering: Managing the Process and Limiting the Risk

  • 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, Head of Façades, WSP


Alan Bridger, President & COO, Novum International Abdulmajid Karanouh, International Director | Head of Interdisciplinary Design & Innovation, Drees & Sommer Michael Orford, Facade Manager, ASGC Abdullah Sulaiman, Executive Director, Lacasa Paul Grove, Managing Director, Meinhardt Façade Technology Ian Mason, Project Leader, Woods Bagot

17.25 - 17.30

Vote of Thanks

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Associate Partners

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