24th Edition – Zak World of Façades Qatar

This was the 24th edition globally and 5th edition in the Middle East. It showcased the latest innovations and challenges in the construction industry pertaining to building envelopes and the latest technological solutions.

Speakers and Panelists
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...
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...
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,...
Chief Operating Officer, Priedemann Façade Experts
Recently resettled in Germany, Micha Pawelka has been the COO of Priedemann Holding GmbH since January 2021, where he oversees and handles the company’s day-to-day administration and operational function as well as the group’s financial matters. Before that, at the...
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...
Projects Manager, Elval Colour
Efthimios Zizos is a Civil Engineer and he is for the last 7 years, Projects Manager of Elval Colour. He has more than 17 years’ experience in the field of building constructions and specifically in envelope façades/roofing. His current role...
Design Director - Buildings, Lusail Real Estate Development Company
Emad Soliman is currently the Design Director – Buildings for Lusail Real Estate Development Company. Emad has more than 15 years of experience in Design and Construction field in GCC countries. He worked in the Engineering and Design management for...
Lead Architect, CH2M Hill
Fadi is a senior architect and team leader having 16 years of experience in multidisciplinary design projects, majority of which has been in Qatar and Saudi Arabia. He currently leads the Doha architectural team within CH2M. His responsibilities include programming...
General Manager, MZ & Partners
Fawzi Ismail is the General Manager and Head of Structural Department at MZ And Partners. Fawzi has a Bachelor Degree in Civil Engineering from The University of California Berkeley 1981 and a Masters Degree in Structural Engineering from The University...
Director Marketing - Industrial, Aleris Aluminium
Giuseppe is Marketing Director for the Industrial markets at Aleris, which include the architectural applications. He has more than 20 years experience in marketing activities in the industrial B2B environment, and more specifically in the chemical business. Giuseppe holds a...
BMU Consultant, Meinhardt Facade Technology
Mick has over 15 years of diverse BMU experience, ranging across concepts, sales, design, project management, installation and handover. Mick has experience in all types of access solutions ranging from top end (complex bespoke BMU’s) to cost efficient (monorail, abseil,...
Managing Director & Partner, Werner Sobek Stuttgart
Thomas has been Managing Director of Werner Sobek Stuttgart since 2008 and is Partner since 2016. After having joined the company in 2001, he has spent most of his career focusing on the design and construction of complex building envelopes...
Founder, Makower Architects
Tim Makower is an architect, urbanist and a cultural polymath. He studied at the University of Cambridge and the Royal College of Art in London. In 1990 he joined Allies and Morrison, a leading architectural and urban design practice in...
CEO, Qatar Aluminium Extrusion Co (QALEX)
Mr. Yousef Al Yacoub, a Jordan national having a degree in BCS in Applied Chemistry is currently the General Manager of Qatar Aluminium Extrusion Co. (QALEX) – a subsidiary of QIMC (Qatar Industrial Manufacturing Company). He has proven his expertise...
Global Marketing Director, Façades, Hilti
Paul is a strategic sales and marketing leader with an engineering degree and Masters in Marketing, with the ability to demonstrate a success in working independently and with a team of people from different backgrounds and cultures,leading cross-cultural teams. He...
Senior Sustainability Manager, KEO International Consultants
Dr Ioannis Spanos is a Chartered Engineer with 16 years professional experience in low energy buildings and in developing sustainable building solutions. Following a PhD in the physics of energy in urban environments, his experience includes energy master-planning and projects...
Conference Agenda
  • Benefits to structural, façade and architectural departments via early integration of BMU design
  • Benefits of a project specific detailed specification and tender drawing package – allowing for competitive tender process
  • Benefits of an objective review of abseiling versus permanent BMU (consultants can specify either, suppliers focus on one)
  • Review of long term maintenance and glass replacement strategies
  • National Museum of Qatar
  • Doha Exhibition and Convention Center
  • Qatar National Convention Centre
  • Sustainable façades for the region
  • Façade optimisation for occupant comfort while maintaining design ethos
  • Avoiding energy leakages through façades
  • Glass and beyond glass - various permutations and how to avoid overdesigning
  • Safety considerations - a way for sustainable building
  • Double skin façades and shading techniques

Andy Dean

  • Problems with glare and high sunlight in the Middle East
  • Introducing ecoTHERM (IGU) with Solera® - 'the Real Daylighting Solution'
  • Bespoke façades with MESHDECO Sefar® Architecture Vision
  • Why fire protection of edge-of-slab is so important for building safety ?
  • UL and EN standards - what is the difference ?
  • Tested systems & engineering judgement - why are they so important ?
  • Innovative solutions for edge-of-slab fire protection
  • Importance of proper passivation in aluminium substrate
  • Paint specifications and warranty period
  • Functional coatings / Paint developments for building envelopes
  • Managing higher tolerences in aluminium extrusions
  • Advantages of automatic anodizing lines and capabilities in Qatar
  • Role of building envelope in conceptualising a new project
  • Timelines and how it affects the final ROI
  • Form and performance - what weighs more in terms of ROI
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