41st Edition – Zak World of Façades Qatar

This was the 41st edition globally and 9th edition in the GCC and the 3rd edition in Doha. It showcased the latest innovations and challenges in the construction industry pertaining to building envelopes and the latest technological solutions.

Speakers and Panelists
Architectural Project Manager, TheSize Surfaces
Experience in designing and delivering complex façades defined me as façade specialist. I have designed and planned some of the most innovative residential and commercial buildings across the world. Years of experience in building envelop design; currently spearheading efforts as...
Design Director, Hill International
Since leaving the prestigious Royal College of Art in 1994, Rico has worked on a variety of projects, winning a number of design awards within his career. Having more than 20 years’ experience within interior design and architecture, ten years...
Design Manager, Arcadis
Jasbir Bhamra is a LEED accredited registered Architect affiliated with RIBA and  AIA. He has contributed to the design of LEED certified buildings in Canada where the facades have played an important role in building energy savings. He has also...
Partner, Tabanlioglu Architects
(RIBA, Chartered Member, Int’l. Assoc. AIA) studied architecture at Vienna Technical University and graduated in 1992. He founded Tabanl?o?lu Architects in cooperation with Dr. Hayati Tabanl?o?lu in Istanbul in 1990. Besides his atelier program at Istanbul Bilgi University, he lectures...
Head of Architecture, CEG International
Ahmed was the professor of architecture, Helwan University, Architectural Department Cairo, Egypt. He finished his Doctor of Engineering Science in Architecture and Urban Planning from University of Stuttgart, Germany in 1997. He is currently working at CEG International, Doha as...
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, 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...
CEO and Founder, Maffeis Engineering
Massimo Maffeis is the CEO and Founder of Maffeis Engineering S.p.A., an international multi-disciplinary engineering firm employing more than 100 professionals, including civil, mechanical, façade and structural engineers, architects, but also technical specialists and in-house software developers. From its Headquarters...
Professor, Qatar University
Professor Kas Oosterhuis is a visionary practising designer, leading the innovation studio ONL and the Hyperbody research group at the TU Delft [2000-2016]. Currently Oosterhuis is professor at Qatar University, from where he will continue and expand his research and...
Chief Technical Officer, Arab Engineering Bureau
Hani Awni Al Hawamdeh is the Chief Technical Officer at Arab Engineering Bureau and brings 27 years of diverse work experience in Architectural, Structural and Electro-Mechanical projects. With his effective forward planning Hani successfully lead and managed design and execution...
Senior Projects Director, Midmac Contracting
Jack Ghantous has over 36 years of experience in the construction industry with extensive general contracting experience as well as involvement in managing large & high profile projects dotting the Qatari landscape. He began his career as an Engineer and...
Business Development Director, Salfo and Associates
George is a graduate of MSc in Civil Infrastructure & Surveying Engineering, NTUA whose area of specialization are as follows: Project Management, Quality Assurance / Control, Health & Safety, Construction Management, Value Engineering, Risk Management, Arbitration & Litigation, Project Controls,...
Façade Engineer, Inhabit Group
Justin Nieuwoudt is working as a Façade Engineer with Inhabit Group middle east. Justin has experience working on both local and international projects on a wide spectrum of building typologies including retail, commercial and residential. Justin has worked for both...
Lead Façade Engineer - Middle East, BG&E Façades
“Maged (Max) Ahmed joined BG&E Façades in 2014 as a senior façade engineer. After two years in the head office in Melbourne, Australia; he re-located to the Middle East where he established the Middle East presence of BG&E Façades. Since then,...
Partner, Schlaich Bergermann Partner
Knut Stockhusen graduated from University of Stuttgart and joined schlaich bergermann partner in 2000. Major projects that he has led include fan type glass structure Opera Chongqing in China; National Tropical Botanical Library in Hawaii; Airport Stuttgart Terminal 3 in...
Design Principal, Mossessian Architecture
Since founding Mossessian Architecture in 2005 to pursue and develop his highly individual approach to design, Michel Mossessian has successfully designed and delivered architecturally innovative schemes in the UK and internationally including UK, China, Qatar, Morocco, and France. Consistently at...
Marketing Manager-Americas, Kuraray
Ron Hull is the Marketing Manager at Kuraray Trosifol® PVB, Americas. He joined Kuraray in 2016 after working 4 years as the NA Sales Director for Axalta Coating Systems. He began his career as an engineer with Conoco Oil Company...
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, Qatar Aluminium Extrusion Co.
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...
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...
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 challenge of transparency, insulation and glare control
  • How we activated one layer
  • Innovation realized - A project reference
  • Thermal comfort & solar protection
  • Visual comfort & glare control
  • Dynamic façades with day/night effect
  • Case studies on common defects, their consequences and options for remediation
  • Mould in buildings
  • Challenges in glass procurement
  • Failures of aluminium and timber cladding panels, skylights with DGU
  • Let’s talk fire
  • Gottfried Semper's 'Bekleidung' theory - Theory of dressing has been influential in theorizing design especially with the essential element of contemporary architecture: The curtain wall. The presentation, through examples from across the globe will delve into issues of design decision making, tectonics and technology
  • Engineering insights into the development of intelligent building envelopes
  • Energy Autonomy – When climate matters
  • Vortex Design – high rise and wind load design of curtain walls
  • Slim slide – Opening with a view
  • Digitalization – What BIM can do
  • Technological Paradigm shifts
  • Cultural Affinities
  • Working with Nature
  • Digital Influence on façade construction: How is the horizon changing?
  • State-of-the-art trends in contemporary façade designs & aesthetics for Middle Eastern projects
  • Culminating complexity of design with safety and sustainability features of the façade
  • Latest materials on the block being used for contemporary façade designs coupled with enhanced safety features

Arvind Kumar

  • Form finding in tensile structures
  • Advanced studies on tension rings in stadia
  • Parametric and numerical approach in façade designs and calculations
  • New trends in architectural façade designs
  • Durability and sustainability
  • Developments with special coatings
  • Heat reflective powder coatings
  • Texture/Wood finish powder coatings
  • The growth of fluoropolymer powder coatings
  • 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
  • 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
  • What is sintered stone?
  • Types of ventilated façades
  • Types of fixing systems
  • Anodizing: Anodizing process control (Automatic mode to ensure repeated color and quality)
  • Press: Achieving high precision tolerance in aluminium extrusion
  • Powder: Sea side quality of powder coatings in aluminium profiles
  • 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

Micha Pawelka

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