11th Sep 2019, ICC, Sydney

About the Event


Zak World of Façades is an International conference series on façade design & engineering having attracted over 23,000+ delegates across its 67 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 68th edition globally and the 4th edition in Australia. 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

68th Edition - Zak World of Façades Australia, 11th Sep 2019, ICC, Sydney

Session - 1(09.30 - 10.35)

08.00 - 08.50

Delegate Registration

Event Convenor

08.50 - 08.55

Welcome Address


08.55 - 09.25

Digital Trends in Façade Engineering

  • Building environmental modelling of the architectural envelope
  • Smart autonomous façades
  • Digital construction techniques
Haico Schepers, Principal | Sydney Sustainable Building Leader, Arup

09.25 - 09.50

A New Façade Dawning - Mass Customisation with Character and Purpose

  • New construction technologies create opportunities for crafted prefabricated façades
  • Adaptable and performative façades require new design processes
  • Moving towards a robotic future
Ninotschka Titchkosky, co-CEO & Strategic Champion of Digital Innovation and Robotics, BVN

09.50 - 10.10

Digital Manufacturing and Assembly in Architecture for Parametric Design & Complex Geometry Buildings

  • Digital manufacturing with high-end technology
  • Construction method that uses digital manufacturing
  • Effort for clean and safe future construction environment
Kim Sung-Jin, CEO, Withworks

10.10 - 10.30

Advanced Interactive Dynamic Façades: Technology or Product? - Customised Australian Project Solutions

  • Technology overview, automated control systems
  • Performance - Energy efficiency, comfort, acoustics, user applications
  • Australian building applications and case studies: Why, what & how
Marc Zobec, Group Special Projects Manager, Permasteelisa Group

10.30 - 11.10


Session - 2(11.00 - 13.00)

11.10 - 11.30

Digital, Prefabrication and Modular Construction

  • Sketching an idea to submission, CFD and how it impacts on design for a project
  • ACT… an intro to a new high performance façade
  • “Crossover” from consultants to engineers and the use of digital tools
Lars Anders, Managing Director, Priedemann Façade Experts

11.30 - 11.50

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

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

11.50 - 12.15

The Process of Façade Design

  • From idea to fruition
  • A digital design process
  • An analogue design process
Kaare Krokene, Managing Director, Snøhetta Australia

12.15 - 13.00

Design Innovations in Façade Construction for Modern Architecture

  • Influence of technological advancements on façade construction: How is the horizon changing?
  • State-of-the-art trends in contemporary façade designs & aesthetics
  • Culminating complexity of design with safety and sustainability features of the façade
  • Realising complex façade designs through BIM: Benefits and challenges
  • Influencing building envelope design for enhanced living experience


Neil McClelland, Technical Director - Façade, TTW


Shawlon Hsieh, Deputy General Manager, PTW Dr. Caroline Noller, Founder & CEO, The Footprint Company/span> Liz Westgarth, Principal, Hassell Robert Beson, Director, AR-MA Paul Van Ratingen, Director, JPW Heather Webster, Director, Prism Façades

13.00 - 13.40

Networking Lunch Break

Session - 3(13.50 - 15.40)

13.40 - 14.00

Architectural Façade - Meaning: Expression: Performance:

  • Meaning and the architectural envelope
  • Expression and Identity
  • Performance and technology
Jeremy Deale, Principal, Architectus

14.00 - 14.20

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, Singapore
Angus Macleod, Director - ANZ, Vector Foiltec

14.20 - 14.40

Bringing Comfort, Wellbeing and Energy Saving in your Habitat

  • Comfort and well being thanks to glass façades
  • Sustainable analysis of your façade
  • Glassprolive technology: A real aesthetic of your building
Bill Segaert, Managing Director, SGS Glass

14.40 - 15.00

Filling our Lungs with New Ideas!

  • Evolution of the human race within the housing context and observing the “We Want More” and “Buy it Now” human behaviours driving energy, resources consumptions and depletions
  • Snapshot of today’s air quality and reminder on the “true” need for ventilation and celebration of the NCC 2019 changes
  • Practical implementation of natural and / or non-assisted way ventilation system in today’s building (Window ventilators and hybrid ventilation system)
Lionel Kools, Sales Manager - Oceania, Renson

15.00 - 15.20

Facts About Fire

  • FAQ's about fire spread
  • Large-scale system testing
  • Performance of 'combustible' insulation
Niall Horgan, Commercial Director BENCHMARK, Roof & Wall Panels, Kingspan

15.20 - 15.40

Condensation Management for Non-Combustible External Façades

  • Sealed fixed cassettes
  • Rear ventilated façades
  • Material selection
Andrew Pike, National Product Manager – Swisspearl, HVG Façades Roger Brooks, National Technical Manager – HVG Façades

15.40 - 16.00

Networking Tea/Coffee Break

Session - 4(16.00 - 17.45)

16.00 - 16.20

Our Response to the World Outside: The Evolution of Envelope and Comfort

  • Through the mechanism of thermal comfort we explore how architecture and technology enable us to enhance the experience of the built environment in the past, the now, and the future
  • The dimension of time allows us to consider our own ingenuity through the advancement of building envelope technology, and the cost of that ingenuity through climate change
Clare Parry, Principal Consultant, Inhabit Group

16.20 - 16.40

The Selection of Glass for Curtain Wall

  • Trends in curtain wall glass
  • Types of glass and selecting the right glass
  • Project case studies
Jianjun Yang, Chief Technical Officer, Xinyi Glass

16.40 - 17.25

PANEL DISCUSSION : Façade Landscape Evolution: Continued Improvisation of Best Practice

  • International Procurement: Procuring bespoke façades globally to suit local requirements
  • Are supply-only-contracts the way go-to?
  • Challenging the status quo: How are new players changing the façade delivery scene
  • Pre-Construction Services Appointments - Are they essential to help new players get to grips with local requirements
  • Delivering improved construction partnering "Trust, Quality & Value"


John Perry, Associate Principal, FJMT Studio


Dominic Shillington, Façade Manager, Laing O'Rourke Australia Elizabeth Carpenter, Managing Principal, FJMT Studio Gavin McPherson, Façade Engineer, Surface Design Consulting Samantha Kuiper, General Manager - Design and Innovation, Richard Crookes Constructions Peter Sullivan, Founder & Director, Furtado Sullivan Con Micos, Director, Micos Group

17.25 - 17.30

Vote of Thanks

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Associate Partners

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