39th Edition – Zak World of Façades UAE

This was the 39th edition globally and 8th edition in the GCC and the 4th edition in UAE. It showcased the latest innovations and challenges in the construction industry pertaining to building envelopes and the latest technological solutions.

Speakers and Panelists
Associate - Buildings, Aurecon
Douglas has reached 20 years of global façade engineering consultant and contractor experience. His specialist experience in façade engineering is strengthened by previous roles including main contractor, infrastructure project management and technical, cost and contractual consultation. Douglas has undertaken various...
Sales Consultant - Middle East and South Africa, Kuraray
Jan Scheers is a Belgium born glass professional working as a consultant 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...
Global Building Project Specification Manager - High Performance Building, Dow
Enrico Cutri is the Global Building Projects Manager and a member of the High Performance Building Commercial Team EMEAI at Dow. Based in Switzerland, he is directly responsible for the management of designated key accounts and for the introduction of...
Head of Design, BSBG
Armin joined BSBG in 2015, bringing with him 14 years of in depth skills & experience within architectural design in a variety of all sectors and scales, ranging from small residential buildings to master planning. He studied Architecture and Urban...
Director, DP Façade
Mathieu Meur provides strategic and technical leadership as the director of DP Façade. Through his training as a multi-disciplinary engineer, and subsequent years of experience heading the largest façade consultancy practise in the world, he has developed extensive knowledge of...
Chief Operating Officer, Priedemann Façade Experts
Micha Pawelka, who has an academic qualification in Wholesale Management and Foreign Trade, gained over 20 years of experience in the Glass and Facade Industry in Europe. He was a Sales Director in the Schollglas Group in Germany before relocating...
Managing Director, Werner Sobek Dubai
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...
General Manager, Wintech Middle East
Jason is General Manager of Wintech’s Dubai Office. As well as the day to day running of the Middle Eastern business, he is involved in the strategic development phase of projects, the coordination of systems engineering and specification writing for...
Associate- Façades, WSP
Lindsay has been a Façade Consultant in the Middle East for 10 years, and leads the façade design team at WSP. With a background in design and construction, and 12 years’ experience in the facades industry, Lindsay has developed the...
Associate, Inhabit Group
Sarah Coogan is an Associate at Inhabit Group, and works as specialist façade consultant to local and overseas projects. With over a decade of experience, she has worked on the façades of landmark projects across London, Melbourne and Dubai and...
Director Design & Development, VX Studio
Nigel is Design Director and Development Director at the Visionary Multidisciplinary Design Studio VX Studio, based in Dubai. Nigel has been working in the Middle East for over 15 years where his approach to Master Planning and Tall Urban Planning...
Associate Principal, AECOM
Christopher Owen is currently serving as the Associate Principal Design Manager at Aecom Middle East. Abu Dhabi [HQ] / Dubai. He has experience across multi discipline large complex Commercial, Large retail and mix use Projects in the UAE and across...
Project Manager, Ateliers Jean Nouvel
Stacy began her career in Los Angeles working with Dworsky and Associates, and Casasco Studios before moving to Paris. She worked with Renzo Piano Building Workshop in Paris for 2 years on the Jean-Marie Tjbaou Cultural Center, and the Cité...
Head of Research & Development, Hoesch Schwerter Extruded Profiles
Meinolf Wortmann is responsible for the design and technology department of the hot extrusion division of the Calvi holding group. He is German. In 1988 he finished his education as a degreed engineer at the university of applied science in...
Sales & Business Development Manager - MENA, Calvi Network Extrusion Business Unit
Uygar Arica was born in Turkey and she has more than 15 years of proven experience of business development within group companies and Italian regional institutions. She is a French national, has got a MBA degree from HEC. She lives...
Design Director, AE7
As a design principal and practice leader for mixed-use developments, master planning and hospitality projects, John delivers intensity and passion for the creative process. His ability to harness innovative and strategic thinking with the architectural design process transforms the built...
Principal, Woods Bagot
Richard is the Studio Chair and Principal of the Dubai Studio at Woods Bagot and is an experienced RIBA and ARB registered Architect and Principal with over 15 years of wide-ranging international experience. His experience ranges from inception to completion...
Head of Innovation and Knowledge Management, UNStudio
Filippo Lodi is the Head of Innovation and Knowledge Management at UNStudio. He earned a M.Sc Architecture and a M.Sc Civil Engineering degrees from the University of Bologna in 2006, a MA degree in Advanced Architectural Design from the Städelschule...
Director of Architecture, SSH
With more than 14 years of experience with leading international practices in the UK and the Middle East, he has a proven record of creating, presenting and developing an international level of design work. In these projects he has also...
Technical Director, FAT Façades
With more than 100 facade design projects delivered from concept to construction Eugene is one of the most experienced facade experts in the industry. In 2012 he became the technical director of FAT Facades UK and in 2017 relocated to...
Director - Head of Façade Engineering, BB7
Naoki heads up the façade engineering capability and is part of the senior leadership team at BB7. He comes from a multi-disciplinary background, having led and developed the façade and façade access discipline at a leading multinational consultancy.   He...
Engineering Manager Façade, Meinhardt Façade Technology
Alexander has been working in the façade industry for since 13 years as an Engineer. During his professional career he has been able to design building skins of nearly all types, positions, sizes and materials. Since 2007 he is working...
Founding Principal, Pomeroy Studio
Jason Pomeroy is an award-winning architect, academic, author and TV presenter, regarded as one of the world’s thought leaders in sustainable design. He gained bachelor and master degrees from the Canterbury School of Architecture and the University of Cambridge; and...
Vice President Thermal Insulation, Evonik Resource Efficiency
Bettina Gerharz-Kalte is Vice President of the new growth business thermal insulation at Evonik and based in Hanau, Germany. Bettina has spent over 25 years within the chemical industry and a dominant share thereof in areas of the building and...
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...
General Manager - MEA, Serge Ferrari
Sanjoe Rodrigues is the General 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...
Regional Specifications Manager - MEIA, Jotun Powder Coatings
Monesh Aidasani is currently the Regional Specifications Manager for the powder coating division in Jotun. Having graduated from Mumbai University as a Chemical Engineer in 1998, Monesh has 15 years of experience in the facade and aluminium finishing industry. He...
Conference Agenda
  • The impact of thermal bridging
  • The ‘minimum required performance’
  • The effect of poor air tightness
  • Comfort and security for users
  • Fire scenarios and solutions build
  • Fire-Smoke-Ventilation – What really matters!
  • Case studies on current, recently finished or under construction projects in the Middle East, France, the US and Brazil
  • Streamlining complex façade designs through BIM: Benefits and challenges
  • Digital fabrication: Integration of advanced technologies aiming towards performative designs
  • Multi-dimensional and complex façade geometries in the post-digital era
  • Augmenting 3D printing for smart, well insulated and sustainable façades

Sarah Coogan

  • Possibilities of visualising and designing conceptual façade design WITH FUN
  • How to integrate architectural design, façade details and fabrication data together
  • Technologies to capable all as-built façade information in a BIM model
  • New trends in architectural façade designs
  • Durability and sustainability
  • Developments with special coatings
  • Benefits and drawbacks
  • Visual acceptance
  • Applicability of current standards
  • 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
  • Enabling design freedom and building functionality with advanced technologies
  • Optimizing safety and security of high rise construction
  • The proven contribution of silicone materials to façade quality and longevity
  • Thermal comfort & solar protection
  • Visual comfort & glare control
  • Dynamic Façades with day/night effect
  • Impact of early determination of value, commercial success and project risk on Return on Investment per project
  • Systemised risk management: Pre and post construction evaluation vis-à-vis conformity with changing regulations
  • Optimising value engineering from the planning and until implementation stage
  • Bridging the coordination gap for design and delivery strategy

Jason Pomeroy

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