20th Sep 2018, Hyatt Regency, Casablanca

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) and Australasia (Australia and New Zealand) and the United States of America.

Now in it’s 49th edition globally and the 1st edition in Morocco, 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.

Speakers and Panelists

Conference Agenda

49th Edition - Zak World of Façades Morocco, 20th Sep 2018, Hyatt Regency, Casablanca

Session - 1(09.30 - 10.35)

08.00 - 08.50

Delegate Registration

Event Convenor

08.50 - 08.55

Welcome Address


08.55 - 09.00

Sustainability, necessity and opportunity for the building

Jacques Llados, Managing Director, Schüco

09.00 - 09.25

Contemporary architecture under the light of Morocco

  • Casablanca temple of 20th century architecture
  • Ethics and aesthetics - Moroccan context
  • Architecture with the light as a material - between immateriality and perception
Rachid Andaloussi, Principal, Agence Rachid Andaloussi

09.25 - 09.50

IoT and Circular Economy applied to envelopes

  • IoT as the tool to responsive, energy-efficient façades
  • Circular economy and envelopes: enters time
  • Making it all work. How?
Ignacio Fernández Solla, Associate Director, Arup

09.50 - 10.10

Latest trends in architectural powder coatings

  • Introduction to powder coatings
  • Architectural powder coatings
  • Latest trends
  • Track record
Franck Derouen, Business Director – Powder Coatings, Axalta Coating Systems

10.10 - 10.30

Sustainable facade design and architecture of Morocco

  • The facade, part of a globally thought out project: from the land to the smallest detail
Patrick Genard, Director, Patrick Genard & Asociados

10.30 - 10.50


Session - 2(11.00 - 13.00)

10.50 - 11.10

Case study on the façade design of the new Moroccan Cultural Center in Paris

Tarik Oualalou, Design Principal, OUALALOU + CHOI

11.10 - 11.35

The challenges of designing façades in the context of responsible buildings

  • The architectural challenge
  • Performance at the service of the energy transition
  • The digital transition: a chance for an "increased" building
Hamid Batoul, Technical Director, Schüco International SCS

11.30 - 12.00

Case study on the BMCE Rabat tower

  • Building Orientation: The back to the sun
  • Shading Devices: Spines and “superdual” fritted glass
  • Solar Capture: White solar panels
Jesús Román, Project Director, Rafael de La-Hoz Arquitectos

12.00 - 12.45

PANEL DISCUSSION: Sustainable Buildings: Façades as the key element for efficiency

  • Understanding the role of building envelopes to meet local Green Building regulations
  • High performance glass: Specifying glass correctly for optimized usage in African region
  • Dynamic solar shading techniques: Managing heat gains and controlling cooling loads
  • Thermal performance in curtain wall & fenestration
  • Augmenting health and well-being of the inhabitants through innovations in façade design and materials


Adil Moustakim, Business Development Manager, Schueco


Abdellah Chakrouni, Director, Façade Concepts Rachid Tatlalou, Project Director, Colliers International Rita Alaoui, Associate Architect, AGA Studio M. Omar Tadlaoui, Director, Jet Contractors Selma Zerhouni, Director, AM Architecture Ali Kabbaj, Director, SGTM Mohammed El Kettani, Sustainability Manager, ALTO Ingénierie

12.45 - 13.40

Networking Lunch Break

Session - 3(13.50 - 15.40)

13.40 - 14.00

Architecture and Climate

  • Architecture as a geological layer that man has created to protect himself against climatic and other hazards, the technical sophistication of this geological layer today poses environmental problems through the excessive consumption of energy, today an awareness of the acuteness of this phenomenon, pushes us to change the way we design our buildings and our cities
Abdelouahed Mountassir, Founder Architect, Abdelouahed Mountassir

14.00 - 14.20

Laminated glass: Which interlayer for which application?

  • What is laminated glass?
  • Properties of interlayers for laminated glass
  • Application examples
Bjorn Sanden, Market Development Manager, Kuraray/Trosifol

14.20 - 14.40

Building façade and fire safety

  • Is fire a real risk?
  • Fire safety engineering applied to façades
  • Examples of F.S.E in Morocco and Maghreb
Régis Koryluk, Deputy General Manager, Efectis France

14.40 - 15.00

Quality lies in the details: The ACP case

  • Characteristics of Aluminium
  • Core composition and fire classification
  • Coating systems
Xavier Tourtchine, Director General, Elval Colour Ibérica

15.00 - 15.20

Thermal break systems - The solution for saving energy, the environment and money

  • Defining thermal break systems
  • Advantages
  • Evolution
Alex Dantziguian, Managing Director - MEIA, Technoform

15.20 - 15.40

Networking Tea/Coffee Break

Session - 4(16.00 - 17.45)

15.40 - 16.00

Skyline design, Façade the medium

  • Casablanca: Singularity of a city
  • Skyline design: Assertion of an identity
  • Façade the medium of expression of concept true engineering to resolution
Edouard Gillon, Senior Associate, WATG

16.20 - 16.40

Analysis of single vertical tension cable system

  • Stress patterns & features of cable structures
  • Precautions in the design & construction of tension cable system
  • Case study on completed projects
Ellison Wang, Regional Manager - Africa, Guangdong Kinlong Hardware Products

16.40 - 17.25

PANEL DISCUSSION : Sustainable Buildings: Façade as an Subject for Study and Training

  • Evolution of façades in Africa, weighing the impact of specific training in architecture schools
  • Training and emulation of student architects connected to the world of façades


Stéphane Guezo, Africa Area Manager, Schüco International SCS


M. Omar Tadlaouit, Director, Jet Contractors <!--Nesryne Lassoued, Architect, Fakher Turki and Partners (Tunisie) Dr. Kouadio N'Da N'Gessan, Professor, Ecole d'Architecture d’Abidjan (Côte d'Ivoire) Imane Bennani, Director, Ecole d'Architecture de Rabat-UIR

17.05 - 17.10

Vote of Thanks

17.10 - 18.30

Networking Reception (by invite only)

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Associate Partners

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