26th Edition – Zak World of Façades UAE

This was the 26th edition globally and 6th 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
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,...
Director, KPF
Elie Gamburg is a Director at Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates with over 15 years of experience and LEED AP certification. Since joining KPF in 2004, he has worked on designs for a wide range of projects in the United States,...
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...
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 - 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,...
Senior Associate Director, Benoy
Following graduation in 2003, Ewa Juszczyk has gained extensive experience working in architectural practices around the world. She has worked on numerous projects from concept design, schematic design, planning application submission, detailed design through to the delivery of construction documentation....
Segment Manager - Façade, Hilti Middle East
Nabeel has more than 12 years in the Façade and Aluminium Industry. He has undertaken various roles from façade engineering, contracting and business development experience. His roles have enabled him to meet and work with the most renowned architects, façade contractors...
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...
Director, RSP Architects
Prabhanjan Kambadur with over 20 years of experience in Master planning and Architecture, he is a director in RSP Dubai, bringing in the critical skills for planning and delivering large scale and complex projects. His experience ranges from Master planning...
Managing Director, PNC Architects
With an association lasting more than a decade, Deepak is a highly self-driven person who has led and delivered several high-profile projects for the Sobha Group in India and Dubai. Under his leadership, PNCA has evolved into an organization with...
Managing Director, IBECE
Engineer Osama Abbas, a member of the Society of Facade Engineers and the Society of Engineers in UAE, has extensive experience, and solid technical knowledge, covering the full design and supply chain of the building envelope construction industry. Whether it...
Director, Callison RTKL
Kenneth Turner is a Director at CallisonRTKL Dubai and delivers projects with 28 years of architectural design experience. His ability to find solutions through cutting edge technologies make Kenneth a great match for clients looking for progressive design. He believes...
Head of Architecture, Obermeyer
Mr. Dietrich is a design and construction professional with over 30 years experience serving in various roles. He’s lead large international design and construction efforts for projects to $3.5 billion. Has managed multi-disciplinary International design efforts from the US and...
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...
Partner - Europe and Middle East, 10 Design
CHRIS JONES is Partner of IO. He has over 18 years of international experience on major projects throughout the Middle East, Asia, the UK, and the US. He has lived and worked in New York, London, Istanbul, Edinburgh, and is...
Associate, Gensler
As an Architect and Associate based in Gensler’s Abu Dhabi office, Belen has successfully worked on several large-scale high-profile projects in South America, Europe and the Middle East. Since joining Gensler in 2013, she’s worked on a variety of projects...
Chairman & CEO, James Law Cybertecture
James Law is a nominated Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum as well as a pioneer in the new design of Cybertecture. He founded James Law Cybertecture International in 2001 to create a company to design the world...
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...
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...
President & Design Director, NORR
Yahya Jan is President & Design Director at NORR. With over 30 years of global experience, Yahya leads the design efforts of the group’s operations in the Middle East and Asia. Yahya undertook his undergraduate and graduate studies in the...
Segment Manager - Facade, Hilti Middle East
Currently META Regional Segment Manager for Facades in Hilti, Tatiana’s area of responsibility is to develop and implement strategy across the facade markets, support the development of global & regional contractors and consultants, advise on new market opportunities and new...
Business Development Manager - MEA, Akzonobel
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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...
Director, RMJM
Arif has over 30 years’s of professional experience and proven skills in handling projects as he oversaw the completion of several award-winning designs both at RMJM and in previous roles. In his extensive career he has worked on projects as...
Chief Commercial Officer, Siderise Group
Graduating in Building Construction then Architectural Science in the early eighties, Steve was immediately employed by the Welsh School of Architecture to develop specifications for fire resistant external cladding and facade systems. This lead to a position with Rockwool where...
Conference Agenda
  • Understanding BIM and parametric design - the requirements and differences
  • What are the benefits and costs with respect to implementing BIM and parametric processes for facades
  • Implementing BIM and parametric procedures into the design process
  • Case studies on how a concept translates to exterior expression
  • Global specification standards (AAMA and Qualicoat)
  • Powder coatings technologies being complied with global durability standards
  • What are the new color trends and how do those support the contemporary facade design?
  • What would be the challenges of building Earth technology buildings on Mars?
  • How does the climate and environment influence decisions in façade system design?
  • What is possible today, where does the industry trend point?
  • Comfort as driver - the user rules?
  • How does urban planning, climatic conditions and regulations impact the design of building envelopes?
  • What are and will be key trends and technologies to be considered?
  • Defining geometries for a multi-scale visual experience
  • Designing the rules for controlled randomness
  • Creating depth, visual layering, and material texture for tactility and shading
  • Utilising façades planning to expedite completion of project
  • Project cost optimization through façades for overall commercial success
  • Communication driven project management: Establishing effective channels between project stakeholders
  • Diverse approaches being implied to deliver world class infrastructure projects showcasing UAE

Alex Dantziguian

  • Importance of knowledge upgrade for value addition
  • A weighed fusion of theory, technology and practicality
  • How to react on reduced TLC?
  • Thermal comfort & solar protection
  • Visual comfort & glare control
  • Dynamic Façades with day/night effect
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