50th Edition – Zak World of Façades United Kingdom

This was the 50th edition globally and the 2nd edition in UK. It showcased the latest innovations and challenges in the construction industry pertaining to building envelopes and the latest technological solutions.

Speakers and Panelists
Director Pre-Construction Services, Schüco International KG
Stephen Tanno graduated from The University of Southampton in 1987 and worked as a Consulting Engineer for the next 16 years, including 5 years with Ove Arup in Sydney and 8 years as Group Director with Buro Happold, where he...
Director, Squire & Partners
A Director at Squire & Partners, Myles has been responsible for the delivery of a wide range of projects from the office’s own small scale developments through to large urban masterplans. In 2012 he completed the delivery of the award-winning...
Director - Applied Research, KPF
As Director of Applied Research at KPF, Cobus oversees most aspects of new technology development and adoption. These include computational, cognitive and visualisation technologies and systems. He has over 25 years’ experience in both developing bespoke products for commercial industries...
Business Development for Architectural Applications, Siderval
Veronica Muffatti is responsible of the development of architectural applications in Siderval, leader in the production of hot extruded special steel and titanium profiles. After a period in Architectural-Engineering design studio, she started working in the steel industry at Siderval...
Group Compliance Officer, Siderise Group
Adrian is a Member of the Energy Institute a Graduate of Institute of Fire Engineers and Chartered Fire Engineer. Adrian previously supported Dubai Civil Defence as a Fire Service technical advisor in respect of Operational Intervention, Crisis and Strategic Risk...
Associate Director, Allford Hall Monaghan Morris
As an associated director since 2005 Stephen has been responsible for a number of high profile projects as well as for setting up and managing the AHMM studio in Bristol. Stephen has developed specific expertise in commercial led mixed use...
Director, OFR Consultants
Simon co-founded the Olsson Fire & Risk UK business in 2016 to offer clients independent, expert advice. Previously Simon has worked with AECOM as Director of Fire Engineering, and led Fire Engineering team for WSP. His technical expertise and strategic...
Strategic Procurement Manager, Sir Robert McAlpine
Daryl Roots is responsible for the strategic procurement of façade packages across the UK for Sir Robert McAlpine. He has over 20 years’ experience in construction procurement with blue chip main contractors. Daryl has been a member of the Chartered...
Director, Murphy Façade Studio
Lukas has an extremely broad skill set extending across all facets of modern facade envelope delivery, from complex facade design and design process solutions, to development of strategies for facade procurement and logistical and commercial management of large and complex...
Sales Director - Europe and Middle East, Halio International
Sandeep Kashyap has worked in Europe and Asia Pacific for various large companies and has been a successful business owner in the field of switchable privacy glass and dynamic solar shading glass. He is an experienced senior manager, with a...
Project Manager, Ductal® by LafargeHolcim
Pascal Pinet is an engineer and architect with over ten years of experience in developing and implementing innovative solutions to address complex engineering issues in the construction field. He first joined international consulting engineers such as ARUP or Bollinger+Grohman before...
Head of Façades, Skanska
Saverio is Head of Façades at Skanska, a leading construction company and developer. He provides building envelope technical leadership while overseeing and coordinating the façade package management on all projects. As an experienced cladding specialist, Saverio manages façade-related matters, from...
Director, Henriksen Studio
Thomas has a high level of experience in structural and facade engineering across a wide range of buildings and infrastructure projects. Previous roles include Global Facade Leader at Mott MacDonald Ltd, Technical Director at Waagner-Biro Stahlbau AG, Technical Director at...
Sales Director - Metal Construction, Schüco UK
Sean is a graduate of Leeds University where he studied Material Science and Engineering. He has over 25 years construction industry experience. For the past 12 years he has worked in the facade industry and from the last 5 years...
Managing Director, Billings Design Associates
Employed as Industrial Designer by Billings Design Associates Ltd, Dublin. A director of Billings Design Associates since 2001 and Managing Director since 2009. Colman has worked on the detailed design, testing and installation of prestigious projects such as Portcullis House...
Director - Leader Façade UK, Arup
Russell Cole is a director of Arup and leader of Façades for Arup in the UK. He has worked for many years as a façade consultant. Russell has a background in façade and structural engineering and specialises in the design,...
Manager - Global Architecture Segment,, Trosifol® World of Interlayers
He studied core and elementary physics and made his final thesis about thin film coatings. He started his career in 2000, working for R&D at Applied Films in Hanau. At the end of 2001, he joint Pilkington where he had...
Managing Director, Seele
With more than 20 years of international experience in realizing complex and innovative steel-glass, all-glass, and tensile structure architecture. Thomas Spitzer has helmed many projects including Wimbledon No. 1 Court (London/UK), Bloomberg (London/UK), New Square Bridges (London/UK), Chadstone Shopping Centre...
Director of Design, BAM Construct
Andrew leads BAM Design’s architectural, structural and interior design departments, working closely with our construction and FM divisions. He also leads the adoption, development and integration of Building Information Modelling (BIM) adoption at BAM, to increase efficiencies at all stages of design,...
Design Director, Reef Group
Sam joined Reef Group as a Design Director in 2018. He has lead the design of some companies most prestigious schemes including Cavendish Square in London. He oversees the design and management of a broad spectrum of complex mixed use...
Director, Carpenter | Lowings Architecture & Design
Luke Lowings MA (RCA) ARB was born in Cambridge, England (1961) and studied Architecture at Kingston Polytechnic and the Royal College of Art, following a Foundation Course in Art and Design. Hemoved to New York in 1989 and for twelve...
Director, Centre for Window and Cladding Technology
David Metcalfe is a physics graduate with a Master’s degree in Façade Engineering. As Director of CWCT he is responsible for all of the Centre’s technical and training output. He lectures extensively on the subject of building physics, glass and...
Associate Principal, Skidmore, Owings and Merrill (SOM)
Martin Liepmann has 20 years’ experience gained delivering a variety of challenging projects around the world. At Skidmore Owings and Merrill, he is a Senior Leader within the London office, where he excels in understanding the technical challenges and solutions...
Architect Director, BDP
After qualifying in architecture followed by postgraduate work at the Art Academy in Munich, Mark was engaged by Foster & Partners in London before joining BDP. Currently he is working in collaboration with Herzog & de Meron on the major...
Lead Concept Designer, Scheldebouw/Permasteelisa Group
Hans Jansen has been working for Scheldebouw since 2005. He has a broad experience as a façade designer, design manager and last years as Lead Concept Designer. In his role he is involved from the early stages of projects and...
Managing Director, Martifer
João Simões of Martifer Metallic Constructions is an Engineer by background, with a Master in Civil Engineering from University of Aveiro in Portugal, but soon after starting his professional career he quickly realised that he’s true passion was not the...
Associate Director, SOM
Phil Obayda is an Associate Director at Skidmore, Owings & Merrill with over 17 years of experience in the industry. He co-leads the Technical Design Group at the London office, heading up the design and delivery on a broad range...
Head of Design, Balfour Beatty
With more than 35 years’ experience in architecture and construction design management, Colin specialises in design development of complex projects across health, education, commercial and residential sectors. He is committed to High quality design delivery from inception to completion, Working...
Technical Director, Ballymore Group
Aaron joined Ballymore in 2003. He started as a site engineer and is now Technical Director for Ballymore. Aaron is responsible for overseeing and solving technical issues on construction, pre-construction and also operational buildings which Ballymore retain. Aaron started his...
Senior Partner, GIA
Simone Pagani MSc MSLL, joined GIA in 2007 and established the Daylight+ Solar Design Department with the aim of helping architects and developers optimise the use of daylight and sunlight amenity in the built environment. D+SD is the largest dedicated...
Technical Director, Eckersley O'Callaghan
Graham is the Technical Director of engineering firm Eckersley O’Callaghan. He joined the practice in 2004 as their first team member. Graham has 20 years of professional experience, working on projects varying in scale and use of materials. His technical...
Partner, Hoare Lea
With a long-held interest in architecture and sustainability, James has more than 16 years of experience in the built environment. He heads up the Sustainability group at Hoare Lea, leading the firm’s specialist services in this ever-developing area. James’ experience...
Partner, HawkinsBrown
Louisa Bowles is the Head of Sustainability at Hawkins\Brown. She leads the practice’s dedicated team of sustainability specialists and has structured the practice’s Whole Life Carbon strategy to ensure all projects are measuring and monitoring the balance between embodied carbon...
Senior Partner & Head of Technical Design, Foster + Partners
Paul Kalkhoven is Foster + Partners’ head of Technical Design, he leads the Construction Review Group, which reviews projects in the pre-construction stages to maintain and improve technical design standards. He joined Foster + Partners in 1986, was promoted to...
Partner, Allies & Morrison
Alex trained at The University of Nottingham where his work was twice exhibited at the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition. He joined Allies and Morrison in 2000, having worked in Dublin and Malaysia. Alex became a Partner of the practice in...
Projects Director, Ian Ritchie Architects
Gordon Talbot has worked with Ian Ritchie since the early 1980s participating in the design of many of the practices’ most recognised works. He has a particular interest in materials development, construction technology processes and methodologies, construction economics and technology...
Technical Director - Environmental and Sustainability, ChapmanBDSP
Chris is Technical Director at multi-disciplinary building services consultancy ChapmanBDSP, where he is responsible for all aspects of Environmental and Sustainability delivery in the UK and internationally. Chris has a passion for design, problem solving and helping others to flourish....
Associate Director - Façades, Arup
Darren Kent is an Associate Director at Arup and is based in London as a member of the facade leadership team. He studied at Warwick University (Civil Engineering) and Bath University (Façade Engineering). He has worked in the façade industry...
Senior Projects Director, Argent
Peter joined Argent in 2012. He is part of the commercial team and is managing the delivery of Google’s UK headquarters at King’s Cross. He works closely with the Google project team on the design and delivery of this 1...
Director - Head of Façade Engineering, WSP
A Chartered Structural Engineer by profession, Steve Bosi has been working in façade engineering consultancy for over 25 years. During this time he has gained significant experience in the design and construction of building envelopes for a variety of buildings...
Head of Business Development & Market Communication, Hoesch Schwerter Extruded Profiles
Klaus Hedding has been working in the steel processing industry for more than 27 years. After his study of economics at the university in Osnabrück and a trainee programme at a subsidiary of the Deutsche Bahn, he got part in...
Associate Director, Wintech
Clyde Abela is an Associate Director and Façade Engineer at Wintech Ltd, one of Europe’s largest Façade Engineering Consultancies. Clyde supplemented his background as an Architect & Civil Engineer in Malta with an M.Sc. in Façade Engineering from the University...
Head of Global Design, Merck Window Technologies
Bruce is an architect with a passion for glass and glass technologies. He spent time within the glass industry, learning about glass production and processing, and had a global role for Eckelt Glas looking after such iconic glass projects as...
Director - Façade Engineering, BuroHappold
After completing a degree in Architectural Engineering Anna joined the Façade Engineering team at BuroHappold in 2007. Anna is currently an Director responsible for leading both façade specific and multi-disciplinary projects as well as managing the façade team resources. Anna...
Associate Director - Fire Engineering, Arup
Judith Schulz is an Associate Director of Arup and a Chartered Fire Engineer with the Institute of Fire Engineers. She leads the 20+ fire engineering and accessible environments team in London. Judith has degrees from NZ (fire engineering from Canterbury...
Director, Atelier Ten
Meredith leads UK Environmental Design Practice and building engineering teams. He has led projects with an emphasis on high-performance design, energy efficiency and sustainability across a broad section of built environment and at varying project values including refurbishments of listed...
General Manager, Schüco Digital
Christian has been working in the software industry for more than 30 years. After his study of information technology at the University of Transportation in Dresden and a first job as research associate at the Central Research Institute of Transportation...
Design Director, Thornton Tomasetti
Claudia Farabegoli has more than 20 years of international façade design and consulting experience. Her design credits encompass a wide range of project types, including transportation and aviation, residential and commercial, retail, mixed-use, and sports and cultural facilities. She has...
Partner, BIG Group
Kai-Uwe Bergmann is a Partner at BIG who brings his expertise to proposals around the globe, including work in North America, Europe, Asia and the Middle East. KaiUwe heads up BIG’s business development which currently has the office working in...
Regional Commercial Manager, Guardian Europe
Max was awarded his professional degree in Architecture at the Technical University of Berlin. Right after, he moved to Barcelona and worked with Picharchitects for several years. Within the office he started as project manager and was later responsible for the...
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...
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...
Head of Regulatory Affairs - Fire, Kingspan
Roy Weghorst is Head of Regulatory affairs at the Kingspan Group. During the time in this role he has developed extensive knowledge of construction products in relation to building fire safety and fire safety regulations. Not only the compliance and...
Head of Ductal® Europe, Ductal® by LafargeHolcim
Carlos Piles is the Europe Director at Ductal®, a member of LafargeHolcim. Before joining Ductal®, he had an extended and international experience in the construction industry. As an Architect, he worked for well-known offices such as Zaha Hadid Architects, Skidmore...
Head of Façades - Europe, LendLease
John Downes is the Head of Facades for Lend Lease in Europe. He has 30 years’ experience in the construction industry with 25 years being directly in the façade industry. John holds an MSc Façade Engineering from the University of...
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...
Head of Façades, Mace
Phil Sedge started in the façade industry in August 1988 working for a façade installation company working for the main façade companies in London, from the age of 17 Phil was running projects or taking a lead role. Phil learnt...
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...
Building Specialists Divisional Director, Ramboll
“As Head of the UK Building Specialist Division, I am responsible for a team of 50 engineers, including Acoustics, Façades, Fire, Vertical Transport, Simulation and Computational Designers across the UK. I joined Ramboll in 2006 as a structural engineer after...
Marketing Manager - EMEA, High Performance Building Solutions, Dow Performance Silicones
Markus Plettau is Marketing Manager – EMEA, High Performance Building Solutions at Dow Performance Silicones. He is based in Wiesbaden, Germany. Markus leads the marketing activities for High Performance Building Solutions in Europe which look at developing and implementing silicone and silicone based...
Conference Agenda
  • Weaving tomorrow delivers deep insights into the collaborative nature of the creative part of an engineers work, which helps delivering unique international landmark projects from concept to construction
  • Materials of the future
  • Projects for a better future
  • Projects from a better past for a better future
  • In the desert? – Shouldn’t we build a cave?
  • This is going to get hot!
  • Let’s take the challenge!
  • Façade design as part of an overall fire protection and natural ventilation strategy, and also of the acoustic and thermal building performance
  • Traditional versus unitised systems to achieve a reliable performance of joints and interfaces
  • How can we extend existing capabilities and what future potential is there?
  • How tools can help decide what the façade should be
  • Communicating design
  • Tracking what is going on
  • Additive fabrication and its potential
  • Manage projects complexity and dynamic digitally
  • Improve efficiency from seamlessly integrated digital processes
  • Stay on the top of the project and save time, reducing risk and stress!
  • Exploring forces that shape our cities and buildings and their envelopes with case studies of projects through the scorching heat of the Arabian Desert to the unforgiving chill of the Finnish tundra
  • Exploring how design solutions are shaped by their cultural and climatic contexts to unlock the immense possibilities of adaptive architecture
  • Mitigating the climatic extremes for hospitable human life, while finding solutions that can be both economically and environmentally profitable
  • I-Façades: is Artificial intelligence in façades the new go-to thing for better performance
  • Streamlining complex façade designs through BIM: Benefits and challenges
  • Augmenting 3D printing for smart, well insulated and sustainable façades
  • Delivering complex façades in post digital era: Ticking durability, adaptability, maintainability, upgradability and recyclability boxes right

Mark Pniewski

  • How do we link an ever specialising world to true design intent?
  • Archineer or Engitect? Varying roles within a single discipline
  • How can collaborative engineering and interlinked models unlock design potential?
  • Changing the face of world cities enabled by silicone
  • Advances in non-glass panel bonding
  • Improving energy performance with silicones
  • Principles of acoustic damping in glass, different PVB interlayers and their benefits
  • Examples of building application with laminated acoustic glazing and their advantages over regular glazing types
  • Structural interlayer offer both post breakage performance and thinner glass construction
  • Safe glazing: Balancing between delicate material and complex architecture designs
  • How are glass innovations helping in dynamic architecture?
  • What next in the future of glass?
  • Large-glass panes and the challenges for creating transparent building envelopes

Saverio Pasetto

  • Charting the development of this innovative building
  • From challenge, to research, to concept, to prototype, to building, to place
  • Creating a 21st century warehouse for work
  • A very innovative take on the traditional bay window for Grosvenor Square
  • Modern tools to evaluate condensation risk for the new Lambeth Library
  • Complementing an Edwardian building along Oxford Street with a new glass block extension - Holden House
  • Different evacuation strategies and what they that mean for your façade fire performance
  • Façade fire risks
  • What does this mean for those who design façades?
  • Why system testing is important
  • Intermediate scale testing for extended applications
  • Assessing the performance of the full build up
  • Material: Do non combustible façades limit the choice of materials?
  • Cost vs Performance: Is it worth risking devaluating building assets?
  • Testing: Knitting effective testing regime and product traceability through “fire resistance” and “reaction to fire”
  • Responsibility: Stakeholder collaboration for the honest implementation of recommendations

Phil Sedge

  • A journey into our work with integration of light
  • Thoughts on thin glass
  • Gravity – A test case
  • Associated risks related to Interstitial and Surface Condensation Formation
  • Technical requirements for mitigation of internal, interstitial and external condensation formation
  • Methods for assessment of condensation risk: standard and best practices and their limitations
  • Robust façade construction systems
  • Envelope optimisation
  • Face performance
  • Realising design whilst delivering high performance façades
  • How new demands for low energy buildings require innovative façade solutions
  • What are the future solutions for today’s architectural demands and the ever evolving performance requirements
  • Developing safety prerequisites to buildings and how they can be achieved in an energy efficient way
  • Current solar shading on façades
  • Trends in glass design
  • A future with dynamic glass
  • How are solar shading technologies evolving to adapt to a changing climate and increased focus on building performance?
  • Balancing sunlight and daylight penetration for improved health and wellbeing
  • Designing for users: Do they need control?
  • Dynamic glazing: Is smart glass the new game changer?

David Barker

  • Design & engineering
  • Large format glass properties
  • Logistics of large glass sizes
  • Operations: Licensing, quality control and production
  • Regulations: Complying with codes & sustainable construction
  • Creating a professional ecosystem and developing solutions
  • Slim insulation for thinner walls and more space
  • New systems for rain-screen-façades and façade elements
  • Non-combustible for real fire protection on new-build and refurbishment
  • International Procurement: Procuring bespoke façades suiting local requirements
  • Is the supply-only-contracts new go-to method?
  • Challenging the status quo: How are new players changing the façade delivery norms
  • Pre-Construction Services Appointments
  • Delivering Improved Construction Partnering "Trust, Quality & Value"

Stephen Tanno

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