61st Edition – Zak World of Façades United Kingdom

This was the 61st global edition and the 3rd edition in UK, the conference discussed the latest innovations and challenges in the construction industry pertaining to the building envelope and the latest technological solutions.

Speakers and Panelists
Director Pre-Construction Services, Schüco International
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...
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...
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...
Global Partnerships Director, Siderise
Sreenivas Narayan is Technical and Compliance Director for India, the Middle East, and South Asia Pacific at Siderise Group and is responsible for developing and delivering the technical strategy for the business in the region. His experience in the passive...
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, FMDC
Duncan Richards is a founding Director of FMDC, after working for Arup for 25 years, leaving as Leader of their Façade Engineering group.  He has extensive experience in many sectors, such as commercial, residential, arts, transport, retail and public buildings. ...
Director, HawkinsBrown
Roland is HawkinsBrown’s Technical Director, he has a background in venue design, façades, major projects and multi-disciplinary working. Roland’s role at joined HawkinsBrown is to enhance the practice’s technical and project delivery capability across all sectors but with a specific...
Façade & Building Performance Specialist, Halio International
Tanguy joined AGC Glass R&D team in 2012 as specialist in building envelope performances, indoor environment quality and daylight management. With AGC, he has provided expertise on the development and integration of advanced glazing solution on facades. Tanguy is currently...
R&D Head of Building Sciences, Saint-Gobain Glass Europe
Ariane Schumacher has a Master in Engineering, specialized in Heat Transfer and Fluid Mechanics. She joined Saint-Gobain in 2008 as R&D Engineer in Building Physics. She has developed an expertise on thermal comfort in buildings in contact with an academic...
Architectural Project Manager, Schüco International
Jeff Upton, Architectural Project Manager for Schueco has over 30 years’ experience of working in glass systems and architectural façades He has worked for Schueco UK Limited since 2017. Prior to this role Jeff worked for Proteus Facades, Glassolutions and...
Senior Associate, AFL Architects
Marcel Ridyard is currently the Lead Sports Architect on the delivery and the precinct overlay design of Lusail Stadium in Qatar as part of the 2022 FIFA World Cup. He also oversaw production of Turkey’s bid to host UEFA Euro...
Head of Engineering, Schüco UK & IE
Stefan has over ten years of experience in the façade industry and holds a PhD in Structural Engineering from his native Bulgaria. He has worked on an array of challenging projects across Europe and the Middle East. Stefan specialises in complex façade...
Technical Manager, Novum Membranes
Mathias Noatzsch is the General Manager – Technical of Novum Membranes GmbH. His role is multifaceted and encompasses Engineering, Research & Development, Sales Support and the improvement of equipment, processes and plant efficiency of our advanced membrane production facility. Mathias...
Partner, Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios
Simon is a Group Leader in our Bath office, having gained his Partnership in 2007.  Simon works across a number of sectors, however his focus has been on the Higher Education sector, which he heads up for us.  Simon led...
Specification Manager - UK & Ireland, AkzoNobel
Naveen oversees the development of architectural activity for AkzoNobel, manufacturers of the market leading brand of powder coatings; Interpon. For over 8 years, he has collaborated with architects, façade consultants, main contractors, cladding sub-contractors and approved powder applicators on a...
Associate Director - Project & Design Management, BuroHappold
Rachel has extensive experience in the implementation of complex multidisciplinary projects, firstly for 15years as part of BuroHappold’s Façade Engineering team and now as part of the Project Design Management team. Rachel joined BuroHappold as a graduate after completing a...
Associate, Arup
Sandra has been with Arup for 14 years in the Façades Team and is now based in Manchester. She combines structural engineering skills and detailed knowledge of façades to provide multidisciplinary coordination and solutions meeting both the architectural intent and...
Technical Director - Façade Engineering, WSP
John Williams is a Technical Director within the WSP Façade Engineering team, based in Manchester. John has 27 years’ experience within façade industry, ranging from hands-on installation to project and design management across Specialist Contractor, Principal Contractor / Developer and...
Regional Director, AHR
Robert Hopkins is a Regional Director at AHR, passionate about health and wellbeing in design. With over twenty years’ experience in award-winning design, Robert applies his knowledge and experience across multiple sectors, as well as pioneering research, to optimise the...
Principal, BDP
Ged’s work is primarily focused upon Healthcare. He has extensive knowledge and experience of leading the design and delivery of major and complex projects in that sector in both the UK and abroad from initial concept stage through to completion....
Director, Ian Ritchie Architects
Ian Ritchie is director of Ian Ritchie Architects, poet, artist, Royal Academician, member of the Akademie der Künste, Fellow Society of Façade Engineering and Honorary Fellow of the American Institute of Architects, Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland and The...
Founding Partner, SimpsonHaugh Architects
United by the shared belief that high quality design has the power to transform cities, Ian Simpson co-founded SimpsonHaugh with Rachel Haugh in 1987. Ian has played an integral role in building the practice’s reputation as leading urban and civic...
Head of Façades - EMIA, AECOM
As Head of Façades Will has led consultancy team for these services at AECOM since 2013 and has been involved in façade design and delivery for past 26 years. In his current role, Will is involved with fully integrating many...
Associate, WSP
Kate is a Principal Engineer at WSP. She is experienced in all areas of environmentally sustainability in the built environment, specialising in providing sustainable solutions for buildings and managing their integration throughout the design and construction process. Kate has experience...
Partner, Sheppard Robson
Neal joined Sheppard Robson in 2006 and is involved with leading teams engaged in front-end design studies, brief taking, client interaction, scheme design, planning and production information with an emphasis on Commercial Offices. He has delivered several high profile developments...
Associate Partner, Sheppard Robson
Alex joined Sheppard Robson in 2006 and was made an Associate Partner in 2018. He has worked on a range of schemes from commercial projects to master planning. His particular expertise lies within the higher education sector where he has...
Research Leader, OFR Consultants
Dr Michael Spearpoint is the research leader at OFR consultants, having previously held the position of Associate Professor at the University of Canterbury in New Zealand. He obtained a BSc (Hons) in Physics from the University of Nottingham, an MSc...
Head of Architecture, HS2
Laura is a chartered architect with over twenty years specialising in station and rail architecture. She has played a part in the successful delivery of several of the most recent prestigious main line rail and underground station projects, including the...
Technical Director, Inhabit Group
Neil is a chartered civil engineer and internationally respected facade specialist with a particular focus on delivering challenging designs. With over 25 years of experience working in the UK, Europe, Asia and Australia, delivering major projects and iconic buildings with...
Market Field Manager, Sika UK
Jeff Richards is Sika Limited’s Market Field Manager for the Façade and Fenestration team and provides technical support for Sika’s structural adhesives and sealants. He joined Sika in 2004 and has over 40 years’ experience. With this experience and expertise...
Strategy & Business Development Director, Effisus
Pedro Carvalho is Effisus’ head of Strategy and Business Development department, supporting the business with his skill set and his experience in the international building construction industry. His career evolved from sales, product research and development, business development, and ultimately...
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...
Director - Façade Engineering, Eckersley O'Callaghan
Damian established Eckersley O’Callaghan’s facade engineering group in 2012 and today leads a team of 30 engineers in London while supporting offices in the US, Hong Kong and Sydney. EOC has built a reputation for design and innovation across structures...
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...
Engineering Director, Thorp Precast
Passionate about developing beautiful, sustainable and safe buildings, Mark is a Chartered Engineer with over 17 years in the Building Industry including 15 in engineering consulting. He is responsible for the delivery of high-quality building systems, ensuring alignment between design,...
Conference Agenda
  • Transparency and opacity
  • Unitisation and pre fabrication
  • Elegance and practicality
  • Reconciling cost sensitivity and architectural ambition
  • Accommodating construction speed & logistics with safety & performance
  • Unlocking creativity & value with a rationalised set of local & global components
  • Architecture, BIM and rendering
  • Glass façade computer generated images
  • Designing with GlassPro app and GlassPro live
  • Research in spatial neuroscience
  • Neurodesign applied to the Sainsbury Wellcome Centre for Neural Circuits and Behaviour
  • Musical space - The Royal Academy of Music’s new theatre and recital hall
  • Slim insulation for thinner walls and more space
  • Excellent passive fire protection in the insulation for new buildings and retrofit
  • New systems for rain-screen-façades and façade elements
  • Appropriate forms of construction
  • Thermal, fire and acoustic performance
  • Integrating natural ventilation and balconies
  • Realising highly bespoke designs by maximising the use of off-site production of façade elements
  • Performance criteria such as air/water tightness, ventilation and durability
  • Architectural detailing, integrating design features and different materials such as brick fascia, ceramic, etc
  • Build-ability and slick on-site installation
  • Influence of technological advancements on façade construction: How is the horizon changing?
  • State-of-the-art trends in contemporary façade designs & aesthetics for North England projects
  • Culminating complexity of design with safety and sustainability features of the façade
  • Realising complex façade designs through BIM: Benefits and challenges

Neil Kendrick

  • The use of complex modelling to develop biophilic patterns in architecture
  • Using the WELL standard to influence the fabric of a building
  • Collaborating with the supply chain to Integrate natural materials in the façade of a building
  • Factors that make up the costs of the façade
  • Risk in the costs and field of expertise in the industry
  • Tender comparison study
  • Why are things heating up inside our buildings and what are the consequences?
  • What tools should we be using to measure the risk of overheating?
  • How can good design keep temperatures down?
  • The rise of superdurable finishes; Stone, GRC, Anodising, Coreten and Copper effects
  • Best practice for specifying special effect finishes
  • Case studies in Manchester and beyond
  • Benefits of structural bonding in façades
  • Specialist structural glazing applications
  • How to ensure the long term performance of your project
  • Dynamic glazing to provide solar management and comfort
  • Control strategy to deliver promised performances
  • System architecture to make it flexible and widely accessible
  • Exploring a façades collective skin
  • Additive and subtractive façades
  • Façades collective sustainability
  • Evaluating design solutions
  • Communication and collaboration
  • Progress tracking and monitoring
  • Formulating database structure
  • Identification of relevant incidents
  • Interrogating database and application to machine learning
  • 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
  • A review of the fundamental requirements from first principals
  • Highlight the critical interface between the floor slab and the façade system
  • Development of best practice to control external and internal vertical fire spread
  • Where does technology stands today when it comes to combining façade weatherproofing and fire protection?
  • Consulting - The key element for modern façade industry
  • Partnership - The art of business relationship
  • Selection drivers – what matters?
  • Unitised curtain walling – why and when?
  • Precast construction – why and when?
  • Worked project example comparison & analysis
  • Less structure – More sky with pillows over 100m long
  • Illuminate and inform - Using pillows as a canvas
  • Durability, longevity and safety
  • Façade deliveries, understanding and mitigating risk
  • The need for FPM
  • Implementation - Players involved and their roles
  • Possible pitfalls and their avoidance
  • Effect on the bottom line

Stephen Tanno

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