14th Nov 2019, Marina Bay Sands, Singapore

About the Event


Zak World of Façades is an International conference series on façade design & engineering having attracted over 23,000+ delegates across its 72 completed editions. The conference is currently being organised in 25 countries in the Middle East (UAE, Qatar, Kuwait & Saudi Arabia), South Asia (India & Sri Lanka), South East Asia (Singapore, Thailand, Malaysia, Philippines, Vietnam & Indonesia), East Asia (South Korea & Greater China), Africa (Kenya, Egypt, Morocco & South Africa), Europe (United Kingdom, France, Germany & Sweden), Australasia (Australia & New Zealand) and the United States of America.

This is the 73rd edition globally and the 3rd edition in the Singapore. It will showcase the latest innovations and challenges in the construction industry pertaining to building envelopes and will also showcase latest technological solutions.

Speakers and Panelists

Conference Agenda

73rd Edition - Zak World of Façades South East Asia, 14th Nov 2019, Marina Bay Sands, Singapore

Session - 1(09.30 - 10.35)

08.00 - 08.50

Delegate Registration

Event Convenor

08.50 - 08.55

Welcome Address


08.55 - 09.25

GITNA – Façade and Identity

  • Fast growing urban fabric & concept design challenges
  • Memory as a starting point
  • Façade & its meaning
José Silva, Executive Principal, Aedas

09.25 - 09.50

Digital Age – Building “Better” Façades

  • Understanding the impact of digital tools from multi-faceted design processes to the production, assembly, installation techniques and methodologies
  • Discussing advancements in digital design and production techniques on a virtual parametric model
  • Combining architectural intent and façade detailing in the early design stages to prevent significant changes to architectural intent
  • Recent project examples of successful design and construction processes using the digital design techniques
Michael Chin, Principal | Façade Engineering Leader, Arup

09.50 - 10.10

High Performance, Lightweight, Long Span Building Envelopes with ETFE

  • An introduction to projects, details, technology & advantages for ETFE façades & roofs
  • Fire, thermal, light and wind load performance with ETFE
  • Case study on the ETFE solution and steel structure for the Jewel Changi Airport
Matthew Penrose, Vice President, Vector Foiltec

10.10 - 10.30

Designing Façades in the Tropics

  • Influences of façades in the tropics
  • Consideration for designing façade in the tropics
  • Façade trends in tropics
Owen Wee, Principal Architect, Surbana Jurong

10.30 - 11.00


Session - 2(11.00 - 13.00)

11.00 - 11.20

Towards Innovative, Smart Buildings with Automatically Controlled Façade Glazing

  • Better thermal and visual comfort for occupant well being
  • Innovative, smart tinting glazing for building energy efficiency
  • Automated control of façade technologies for sustainable future
Marcus Tan, Senior Manager - Sales & Marketing, Halio International

11.20 - 11.40

Complex Full-Glass Structures and Steel-Glass Structures in Asia-Pacific

  • IconSiam, Bangkok: Luxury Façades - Achieving highest standards through international collaboration
  • IconSiam, Bangkok: Wisdom Hall - Mastering installation challenges
  • MahaNakhon, Bangkok: Rooftop Features - Maximizing elegance by smart engineering
Andreas Geyer, Managing Director, Seele

11.40 - 12.00

Development of a New City Landmark - Mol Campus in Budapest, A Façade Engineers View

  • Understanding the context of historic cityscape and combining it with progressive architecture
  • Climate and environmental considerations
  • Optimizing geometry and materials use with advanced design tools
April Soh, Façade Consultant / Director - Singapore, Koltay Façades

12.00 - 12.20

Elegant & Cost Effective - Contemporary Reliable & Affordable Façades

  • Cost-effective elegant design is a reality, it only needs an informed and engaged client to harness the skills available
  • Water-tight and easy to use windows, doors and façades are a necessity not a luxury - The sophistication of a society is measured by the sophistication of its buildings & architecture
Stephen Tanno, Director Pre-Construction Services, Schüco International

12.20 - 12.50

Big Leap

  • As designers of the built environment, how we have the privilege of giving form to the future but also the responsibility of making the world more like the future we want to live in
  • Today it is increasingly difficult to act meaningfully without vast and in-depth knowledge, without being part of a larger creative community
  • How can design solutions be shaped by inclusive approaches across the various disciplines so that the built form of our cities can evolve into new species of architecture
Brian Yang, Partner, Bjarke Ingels Group

12.50 - 13.40

Networking Lunch Break

Session - 3(13.50 - 15.40)

13.40 - 14.00

Designing in Context - Project Case Studies

  • Rochester Commons, Singapore
  • 79 Robinson Road, Singapore
  • Burj Alshaya Four Seasons, Kuwait
EeTiong Lim, Studio Director, Gensler

14.00 - 14.20

Façades and the Singapore Fire Code 2018

  • A review of the latest Singapore Fire Code and its impact on residential façade design
  • Compsoite panels and the Fire Code 2018
  • Singapore Fire Code and façade material performance and acceptability
Mathieu Meur, Director, DP Façade

14.20 - 14.40

Tensile Fabric Façade - Architectural Functions and Benefits

  • Architectural signature
  • Thermal & visual comfort, solar protection & energy savings
  • Dynamic façades with day/night effect
  • Conformity & suitability to any fire norms & regulations
Nitin Govila, Director - APAC & MEA, Serge Ferrari Eddy Huang, General Manager - Greater China, Serge Ferrari

14.40 - 15.00

Out of the Box - Curving Glass Façades

  • Creating new non-square façades like the Amazon Spheres in the US and The Jewel in Singapore
  • Examining the unique shapes of the Sandcrawler in Singapore and KEB Hana Bank in Korea, which are achieved with bent low-e glass
  • How innovative glass products help to achieve out-of-the-box designs while meeting energy requirements for projects around the globe
Charlene Smith, Manager - International Architectural Projects and Technical Services, Vitro Architectural Glass

15.00 - 15.20

Laminated Glass: Expanding Glazing Possibilities in Buildings

  • Optimizing laminated glass in structural, acoustic and decorative applications
  • Expanding laminated glass durability and clarity
Christoph Troska, Manager - Global Architecture Segment, Kuraray

15.20 - 15.50

Networking Tea/Coffee Break

Session - 4(16.00 - 17.45)

15.50 - 16.10

Architecture with Steel - Façade Profiles for Ambitious Architectural Projects

  • Transparency and freedom of design
  • Aesthetics, precision and variety of form
  • Energy efficiency, economy and sustainability
Veronica Muffatti, Business Development - Architectural Applications, Siderval

16.10 - 16.30

What’s Dekton?

  • Façade application key properties
  • Top global projects references
  • How do I build a Dekton façade?
Juan De La Venta, Product Manager - Dekton Façades, Cosentino

16.30 - 17.15

PANEL DISCUSSION : UN Sustainable Development Goals as Building Blocks for a Better Architectural Future

  • Taking cue from UN17 goals for sustainable façade design and construction
  • Designing smart façades for responsible energy consumption, production and recycling
  • How buildings envelopes can help create resilience to environmental issues?
  • Making greener buildings for better well-being and healthier environments inside and outside


Esther An, Chief Sustainability Officer, City Developments Limited


Hui Min Chan, Director, DP Architects Farizan d’Avezac de Moran, Senior Partner, GreenA Consultants Micheal Leong, Director, SAA Architects David Robinson, Senior ESD Consultant, Cundall BP Loh, Senior Associate, Hassell

17.15 - 17.20

Vote of Thanks

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Presenting Partner

Associate Partners

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