70th Edition – Zak World of Façades United Kingdom

This was the 70th global edition and 4th 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
Technical Director, Allies and Morrison
Mark Taylor is Director at Allies and Morrison, responsible for technical quality; providing knowledge transfer, research and support on construction, sustainability, materials and process. He has particular expertise in building envelope technology, holding a Master’s degree in façade engineering. Mark...
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 - Materials, FMDC
Darren Anderson is a founding director of FMDC with over 20 years of industry experience working as a stone consultant in the construction industry. He started his career in Hong Kong where he worked as an engineering geologist on tunneling...
Divisional Director, Stride Treglown
Gareth is a Divisional Director for Stride Treglown with a leading role in their London and Bristol offices. As head of retail and mixed-use sectors, Gareth is excited by a market-driven shift of focus towards the end user. It is...
Façade Technical Director, Maffeis Engineering
Silvia Prandelli is Façade Technical Director at Maffeis Engineering, a leading international consulting firm headquartered in Italy. Her experience lies in finding the best solutions on high-end projects where she has been part of several award-winning project teams. Her involvement...
International Architectural Manager, Vitro Architectural Glass
The curving, high performance glass façade for The Jewel Changi Singapore Airport is just one of the impressive projects that Flickinger has helped define. A double-skinned Cleveland Clinic in Abu Dhabi to large, bent glass windows at the Waldorf Astoria...
Senior Innovation Manager, Schüco International
Oliver is an Senior Innovation Manager at Schüco, one of the leading international suppliers of high-quality window, door and façade systems and has over 25 years of experience in buildings and façades.   After an apprenticeship as a carpenter and...
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...
General Manager, Efectis
Dr. Eric Guillaume works in the fire sciences since 1998. He formerly led the fire behaviour department of SNCF (French Railway), then changed company in 2005 to join LNE (The French National Laboratory for Testing and Metrology) as head of...
Head of Façade Engineering, Sir Robert McAlpine
Simone Starnini is a Civil Engineer from the University of Bologna (Italy) and PennState University (USA). His career includes seven years with curtain walling specialist contractor Focchi, during which time he occupied senior positions and delivered a number of large...
General Manager - EME, Halio International
Benoit Domercq, PhD, is General Manager for Europe and Middle East region at HALIO INTERNATIONAL. Previously, he was in charge of the New Business Development department for the AGC European Building Division. His role was to find new revenue streams...
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...
Partner, Alinea Cost Consulting
Steve Mudie is a Partner at London based cost consultants alinea, having amassed over forty years experience in the industry, twenty of which have been in consultancy. Steve heads up a dedicated façade specialist team that provides unique façade cost,...
Director - Leader Façade UK, Arup
Russell is the leader of Arup’s façade business in the UK. and is viewed as a leader in façade engineering and sustainable building design. He has a background in façade and structural engineering and specialises in the design, assessment and...
Managing Partner, AESG
Scott Coombes is the co-founder and Managing Partner of AESG, an award-winning, Specialist Consultancy, Engineering, and Advisory firm headquartered in London and Dubai, working throughout the Middle East, Europe, and Asia.   He holds an honors degree in Architecture from...
Business Development Manager, Kingspan Façades
Nick Jenkins has over 20 years’ experience working on diverse envelope related projects in the construction industry. A graduate of The University of Glasgow and Glasgow School of Art with a BEng(Hons) in Product Design Engineering. His breadth of experience...
Director, WilkinsonEyre
Giles Martin joined WilkinsonEyre in 2004 and has since led a number of the practice’s high-profile projects. Giles has extensive experience within commercial, transport and urban design sectors, working as design team leader on several large city centre projects in...
Partner – Sustainability, Cundall
Simon leads Cundall’s building physics, health, wellbeing and sustainability team. Simon is on the CIBSE Knowledge Management Committee, the UK Green Building Council’s members advisory Committee and the BCO’s Environment, Social & Governance Group (ESG) where he helps lead the...
Head of Construction Design, Ballymore
Adam Jenkins is the Head of Construction Design at of one of the leading residential developers – Ballymore. He works closely with The Technical Director to provide for technical leadership to all Ballymore projects in all stages of design and...
Director, Design Fire Consultants
Neal has 20+ years experience as a fire engineer. He was Technical Director for fire engineering at Buro Happold before moving to Arup where he was the Associate Director responsible for fire engineering skills strategy, development and training for a...
Head of the Building Performance Group, WSP
Mark is an Architectural Environment Engineer who leads WSP’s Building Performance Group, a specialist team with expertise in all aspects of design and performance, from Building Physics to Health and Wellbeing, Parametric Modelling to Passivhaus, and BREEAM to specialist M&E...
Head of Design Innovation & Product Solutions, Landsec
Neil Pennell is Head of Design Innovation and Property Solutions at Landsec, one of the UK’s leading property companies. He is responsible for the creation of a clear and compelling vision for the Company’s long-term strategy with respect to the...
Director, Allies & Morrison
Mark trained at the Canterbury School of Architecture and the University of Westminster. He joined Allies and Morrison in 2005 and became a Director to the practice in 2015. Mark has worked on a series of large-scale projects with a...
Founding Partner, Inkling
Susie Diamond co-founded Inkling, a building physics consultancy in 2011. Prior to that she studied physics at university, and worked for Fulcrum Consulting and then Mott MacDonald running building simulation teams. Her core building physics skills are in using dynamic...
Business Development Manager - Building Envelope, Proctor Group
Adam Taylor joined the A. Proctor Group in 2016 as National Business Development Manager – Building Envelope. Adam has many years of experience in the high rise and offsite sector, focusing on façade design, regulation compliance and innovation. By advocating...
Head of Sustainability, Levitt Bernstein
As Head of Sustainability at Levitt Bernstein, Clare champions for new buildings to be sustainably designed using a holistic approach. She oversees all projects from concept through to implementation and post-occupancy, including the development of the practice’s sustainability policy and...
Head of Research & Development, Hilson Moran
Ben is Head of Research & Development responsible for leading a team of specialist consultants to deliver all R&D activity – as both external commissions and to improve our own working practices. With over 15 years experience in the building...
Head of Façades, Multiplex
Neil has over 15 years’ experience in the façade industry including 13 years delivering major façade projects in London for main contractors. Neil studied construction management and subsequently an MSc in Façade Engineering and has worked on many iconic buildings...
Founding Director, Cast Consultancy
Neil has 19 years of experience delivering cost and commercial management consultancy for major UK property projects. Prior to forming Cast, Neil was a Partner in the EC Harris/Arcadis London property team. Neil specialises in residential and residential led mixed...
Head of Façades, Wates Construction
With over 30 years of experience within the façade industry, including 15 years at director level, Neville has an in depth, practical knowledge of a wide range of façade treatments ranging from bolted glass systems, through to unitised systems, via...
Partner, Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios
Alex Whitbread joined Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios’ London office in 1998 and was made a Partner in 2007. Alex works across a range of projects in the practice, focusing on urban design and large-scale city centre buildings. Working in this...
Technical Manager - Envelope, Bouygues UK
Anna Rozek leads the Building Envelope team for Bouygues UK. Beginning her career in international procurement, Anna’s knowledge of façade is backed up by a true understanding of the envelope market and production constraints. She has successfully assisted architects and...
Associate Director, Thornton Tomasetti
Leigh Easden, Associate Director at Thornton Tomasetti, is a Façade Engineer with over 17 years’ experience in the construction industry. During this time he has been involved with a diverse assortment of building types in various locations, from residential, hotels,...
Director & Head of Façade Consultancy, CBRE
Tudor is a Director at CBRE and Head of the Façade Consultancy Department, a specialist service line part of the Building Consultancy team. He is a specialist in all aspects of facade engineering, based in the City of London office....
Partner, PDP London
Marion is a Partner at PDP London, a 100 strong architect’s practice. She qualified in Paris ENSAPB, in London at UCL Bartlett and UEL with an MA Sustainability and Design. She manages large residential and office projects in central London...
Managing Director, MACH Acoustics
Ze Nunes, founder of MACH Group, started his career as head of acoustics at Dyson and founded the acoustics group at Buro Happold. In 2003 MACH Acoustic was created by Ze. At MACH Ze Nunes specialises in the acoustics design...
Head of Design (Construction), HB Reavis
Ian is Head of Design for HB Reavis Construction in the UK with over 20 years’ experience as a Designer, Design and Development Project Manager. His cladding experience includes completed jobs such as N07 (team GB accommodation) for Athletes Village,...
Managing Principal, Perkins+Wills
John has worked at a high level in architectural companies for nearly thirty years, and formed Pringle Brandon Drew with Jack Pringle and Chris Brandon in 2010. Since that time, he has pursued his design obsessions of buildings designed for...
Associate Principal, Adjaye Associates
Lucy Tilley, Associate Principal, joined the practice at its inception and has worked closely with Sir David Adjaye for over 20 years. Leading the Adjaye Associates’ London studio, she directs a large number of prestigious commissions including major cultural, commercial...
Associate Director, Hoare Lea
Tom leads the Sustainability team within Hoare Lea’s London office, and has over 12 years’ experience working as an environmental engineer in the UK and internationally. He specialises in building performance simulation and environmental assessments, on a diverse range of...
Head of Sustainability, AHMM
Craig Robertson is an architect, researcher and teacher with expertise in environmental design and engineering. Prior to joining AHMM, Craig led architectural projects in the education, commercial and housing sectors before moving into academia. He completed his PhD at the...
Partner, Max Fordham
Hero Bennett is a Partner and the Principal Sustainability Consultant at Max Fordham. She has experience on projects across all sectors and scales. Some of her award-winning projects include LSE Centre Buildings, Central Bank of Iraq, Southbank Centre Refurbishment, and...
Engineering Manager, Novum Structures
Before joining the company in 2008, Brian served for nine years with MERO-SCHMIDLIN UK PLC which culminated as being Head of Design for UK operations. Prior to this Brian has been employed within the UK construction industry since 1982 with...
Partner, UNStudio
Astrid Piber is Partner at UNStudio and responsible for design, quality and knowledge management. As architect in charge of several large-scale design projects at various geographic locations, she has been working closely with Ben van Berkel for two decades. Since...
Sustainability Director, Saint-Gobain
Pascal Eveillard holds a Master in Management degree from the French business school ESCP-Europe and a post-master degree in Communications. He started his career in the consumer goods sector in Germany and then gathered nine years of experience in business...
Regional Façade Manager, Sir Robert McAlpine
Robert has built and leads the London Façade team at Sir Robert McAlpine. With more than twenty years curtain wall and cladding experience he has delivered some of the UK’s most prestigious landmark buildings. Robert has worked for some of...
Director - Europe & Middle East, SageGlass
Olivier Gareil is leading the smart glass business of Saint-Gobain in Europe & the Middle East. A physicist by training, he has been in the glass industry for 10 years, in France, Malaysia and Switzerland. Saint-Gobain is the leader in...
Market Manager UK & Ireland, Kuraray - Trosifol® World of Interlayers
Allan Gibson is based in Oxford and for the past 18 years, Allan has managed the supply and specification of specialist materials used in the construction industry in the UK and Middle East. Now responsible for the Trosifol PVB and...
Global Façade Engineering & Architectural Design Engineer - High Performance Building, Dow
Valérie Hayez holds a PhD in Applied Sciences from the University of Brussels, Belgium. She is Global Façade Engineering & Architectural Design Engineer for High Performance Building at Dow, Belgium. In her current role, she provides technical service to the...
Partner, HawkinsBrown
Harbinder is a Partner and Head of infrastructure at HawkinsBrown Architects. He is the principle Architect leading the designs for three of the central section Crossrail stations as well as the design for the central section of the Thames Tideway...
Head of Building Performance Engineering, WindowMaster International
Jannick Roth is the Head of Building Performance Engineering at WindowMaster International with a 10+ years of experience. Jannick Roth has a Master’s Degree in Civil Engineering from the Technical University of Denmark (DTU) specializing in indoor climate, optimal ventilation...
Founding Partner, PLP Architecture
Karen Cook, a Founding Partner of PLP Architecture, leads the design of 22 Bishopsgate, the City of London’s tallest tower, for Lipton Rogers Developments and AXA-IMRA. 22 Bishopsgate, designed to support the individual and contribute to the public realm, offer...
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...
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...
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.  David lectures extensively on the subject of building physics, glass and...
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...
Director, Arup
Graham Dodd is an engineer who has worked with glass since 1988, designing facades, structural glass assemblies and sculptural installations around the world. He now leads Arup’s team of materials experts and as an Arup Fellow, promotes excellence in design...
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...
Technical Facade Lead - Integrated Solutions Europe, Lendlease
Neesha Gopal joined Lendlease in January 2020 as the Technical Façade Lead and is based in London. She chartered as an Architect and following several years as a Project and Site-based Architect, she specialised in Façade Engineering joining whitbybird in...
Conference Agenda
  • From small acorns…
  • The commercial rules
  • Collaborative design development
  • Developer vision: With the occupier in mind
  • Architectural vision: Communicating and expressing glass façades
  • Team collaboration: Architect, developer, cost manager, façade engineering, manufacturer
  • Make it happen: Processes
  • Evolution in design
  • Digitalisation and façades
  • Smart skins
  • Aishti Foundation, Beirut: Integrated façades - A response to environment & typology
  • Hackney Morning Lane Arches, London: Animated façades - A response to innovation and community
  • 130 William, New York: Crafted façades - A response to place and identity
  • How building façades control our interface with the good and the bad in the external environment, as well as having their own impact on the environment and the globe
  • Many aspects of the space we occupy will influence our comfort, contentment and overall well-being – so when developing façades of the future what should they be doing?
  • Can our building envelopes impact productivity, wellness, human happiness and move us closer to achieving the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals?
  • Good for people: Comfort & well-being
  • Good for the planet: Energy efficiency, reduced carbon footprint & circularity
  • Innovation & collaboration
  • Performative building envelopes with smart modules, less energy and pioneering production
  • Case study on the Hanwha Headquarters remodelling
  • 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

Dr. Craig Robertson

  • Historical references and the use of material particular to specific context and place
  • Glazed ceramic in the practice’s residential, education and workplace buildings
  • Case studies with focus on designs development and approach to façades
  • Choosing stone - Technical and visual considerations
  • Selected fixing methods and examples of what goes wrong
  • Examples of iconic projects
  • Managing and monitoring humidity in glazed cavities
  • Benefits of manged systems
  • Research and development challenges
  • Crystal clear silicone flexible spacers for insulating glass
  • Room temperature lamination for decorative glazing
  • 3D printable clear silicones
  • 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
  • How does glass procurement influence capacity of delivering innovation?
  • Strategies needed to improve the prospects of innovation
  • Procuring glass under the different performance specification
  • Future trends of glass procurement as an essential process

Simone Starnini

  • The guidance void
  • Risks and opportunities in balcony design
  • Trajectory of the new British Standard
  • Different level of detail for different phases
  • The procurement routes that benefit the design team
  • Producing a package able to prevent failures on site
  • Industry Bodies Collaborative Approach
  • Impact of Amended Regulations
  • Industry response and future works
  • Grenfell disaster analysis
  • Modelling Grenfell fire then testing some hypotheses of changes in façade materials
  • Assessment of interactions between façade and apartments during the fire
  • 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
  • Two years since Grenfell, why is the clarity on regulations still elusive?
  • Impact of building codes on current and upcoming projects
  • Hackett Review Fallout: How will this impact the cladding industry in the near future?
  • Way forward and industry suggestions on future of cladding

Simon Lay

  • Design for manufacturing and assembly for façades
  • Constructing façades in constrained sites
  • Achieving efficiencies in GRFC design
  • Advanced mathematical modelling is used to visualize and enhance the acoustic design of vented, solar controlled, low carbon envelopes
  • Automated, time adaptive façades adjusting both their acoustics and solar performance offering improved user comfort
  • Case study of continental and UK vented façades overcoming the clashes between acoustics and natural/low carbon buildings
  • How noise levels within our urban areas is increasing and evidence has proven this is having a mental and physical effect on our health
  • A sizeable proportion of the UK population is currently exposed to noise levels above the World Health Organisation (WHO) recommendations
  • The qualities of acoustic glazing, its benefit and contribution to noise control
  • Highly energy efficient
  • Connected for occupant comfort
  • Maximizing building value
  • Using novel technology for low carbon designs in new and existing buildings
  • Automating windows and blinds to improve building comfort, workings environments and reduce energy consumption
  • Cases from the UK and US with smart façades and intelligent window automation
  • Chalking out design methodology for the assessment of overheating risk in buildings
  • How can façade help in meeting overheating standards in the building
  • Orientation challenges of maximising daylight while minimising overheating through façades
  • Creating ventilated commercial spaces while reigning in the overheating challenges

Tom Spurrier

  • Productivity measurement and data
  • Planning and programme controls
  • Service excellence - Defect or outstanding work after PC
  • The general solution for panel geometry in grid shell design
  • Panel materials - Size and scale
  • Automation of production - From model to fabrication
  • Approach to façade design that offers a safer and simplified system
  • Energy efficiency improvements from airtightness modelling can improve the built up wall design
  • Unique market leading technology that is being welcomed into the façade industry and by warranty providers
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