34th Edition – Zak World of Façades United Kingdom

This was the 34th edition globally and 1st edition in the 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...
Commercial Director, Berkeley Homes (South East London)
Tony has been part of the construction industry for over 25 years starting with Medium sized regional main contractors with a combination of studying and practical experience that resulted in Tony achieving full membership of the CIOB at 23 with...
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...
Associate Partner, SimpsonHaugh
James is an experienced designer with an excellent eye for detail who works to high standards. He enjoys early project stages and rigorously refining project ideas. When delivering projects, he grasps strategic sequencing and shows clarity of thought. As a...
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...
UK Director, Renson
Mike Reeves is Building Design Director for Renson UK and Worldwide with a focus on bespoke facade engineering. Mike is a chartered Construction Manager who has spent 30 years in Construction focused on providing solutions for facades. Mike has a...
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...
Partner, Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners
Stephen joined the practice in 1992, was made an Associate in 2011 and a Partner in 2016. His extensive technical expertise means he provides the practice with key advice, in particular on cladding and construction systems as well as off-site...
National Architectural Manager, Schüco UK
Danny has over 30 years experience working in the Aluminium Systems and Facades industry. After studying engineering Danny originally settled into the design of electrical power supply components before moving into construction steelwork. He later joined the Reynolds Metals Company,...
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...
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 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,...
Head of Façades, Multiplex
Eilis has worked in the construction industry for over 25 years and has worked in facades for the majority of that time. She studied Civil Engineering at Queens University Belfast and subsequently MSc in Façade Engineering. She established one of...
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. ...
Managing Director, Technoform Holding Germany
Mathias is responsible for the operative management of the Technoform Bautec business in Germany and he is a member of the Global Management Team for the Bautec business in all markets. He is an active member of the employers association...
Head of Corporate Building Excellence, Schüco International
Winfried Heusler has worked with GARTNER, a façade construction company in Germany, from 1981 to 1998. Afterwards, he has been associated with Schüco International as Technical Director for Aluminium and CTO (Chief Technical Officer). As Sr. VP-Engineering, he oversaw international...
Group CEO, Priedemann Façade Experts
Lars Anders is the CEO of Priedemann Façade Experts and Façade-Lab Research & Development Center, which accomplishes tasks relating to the façade or building envelope. In this role, He manages and leads along with his managing partners, a team providing...
Technical Officer - Construction Acoustics, Siderise Group
Mike Carrick is the Head of Acoustics at Siderise. Mike has worked for the Siderise Group for over 27 years. He is one of three qualified acoustic engineers within the group and is a member of the Institute of Acoustics...
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...
Director of 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...
Prater Sales Director, Lindner Group
Kevin Smith is a Board Director for the UK’s leading envelope specialist,Prater Ltd, a Lindner Group company. Now approaching 20 years working within the construction industry, he began his career with Prater in 2006 as an Estimator, and has gained...
Manager - Global Technical Consultancy, Kuraray Europe
Ingo Stelzer is the leader of the global technical consultancy group / Kuraray Company, PVB Division. With nearly 20 years of professional experience in the glass and facade industry he has been involved into the realization of many projects and...
Founder & Director, Glass & Façade Technology Research Group, University of Cambridge
Mauro Overend founded and leads the Glass & Façade Technology Research Group at the University of Cambridge where he is also is a senior Lecturer in Building Engineering Design at the Department of Engineering and a Fellow at Christ’s College....
Principal, Kohn Pedersen Fox
John Bushell is a Principal at Kohn Pedersen Fox with over 27 years of experience. As an integral part of KPF’s global practice since joining the London office in 1994, he has achieved international critical acclaim and won numerous awards...
Director, PLP Architecture
Wayne McKiernan is a Director at PLP Architecture, where he has worked since its inception in 2009, and for 10 years prior to that at KPF in London. His experience encompasses schemes as diverse as office buildings for end user...
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...
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...
Principal Engineer, BRE
Michael Swainson PhD. is principal engineer in BRE’s HVAC Engineering and Building Diagnostics team. Over 20 years experience designing and undertaking practical investigations into the performance of heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems within buildings, both laboratory based and on...
Senior Director, Eckersley O'Callaghan
James O’Callaghan is a structural engineer with over 20 years of experience. He co-founded engineering design practice Eckersley O’Callaghan with Brian Eckersley in 2004. The practice is based in London, with offices in New York, San Francisco, Paris and Shanghai....
Associate Director, WilkinsonEyre
Ed Daines is an architect skilled at handling large, high-profile and complex projects both in the UK and overseas. During the last 13 years at WilkinsonEyre, he has worked on many of the practice’s award winning schemes including the Guangzhou...
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...
Senior Principal & Director of Façade Engineering, Thornton Tomasetti
Sergio De Gaetano, Dott. Ing., CEng, MICE, FSFE Senior Principal, UK Director & Façade Engineering Practice Leader Sergio De Gaetano is the global leader of the Façade Engineering practice with 16 years of international experience and extensive working knowledge of...
Director, Arup Architecture
Nick Jackson is the Director within Arup’s architecture group with a focus on commercial property and workplace sectors. He has led teams on many successful major projects over the last two decades including office, mixed use, and residential developments, as...
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...
Partner, Make Architects
Frank is an award-winning architect with 30 years of international experience. He joined Make in 2004 and has led a wide range of prestigious projects for the practice, from the restoration and refurbishment of famous sites to the delivery of...
Director and Fellow of Building Engineering UK, AECOM
Ant is recognised as one of the UK’s most influential building services engineers with considerable experience in low and zero carbon systems, façade engineering and green measurement tools. Ant Graduated in Building Engineering from the University of Bath in 1979...
Principal, Zaha Hadid Architects
Patrik Schumacher is principal of Zaha Hadid Architects and is leading the firm since Zaha Hadid’s passing in April 2016. He joined Zaha Hadid in 1988, has been a co-author on most projects and was seminal in developing Zaha Hadid...
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...
Group Director - Façade Engineering, BuroHappold
Kenneth has a keen interest in engineering design, detailing of façades and particularly in advancing the field of façade computational design. He has extensive experience in façade testing and site monitoring, working on a number of projects in the UK...
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...
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...
General Manager, Elval Colour
Yannis Angelis is a Mechanical Engineer and is for the last seven years the General Manager of Elval Colour. Yannis is a board member of European Coil Coating Association (ECCA), Co-chairman of European Aluminium Association (EAA) Building Group and member...
Conference Agenda
  • Façades have not seen major changes in technology since curtain walls in the 1950s, point support glazing in the 1980s and ETFE in 1990s, only improvements of materials and systems
  • Change is constant and appears to be accelerating - but not so quickly in the construction industry
  • Will materials, methods and design drivers emerge that will disrupt the status quo?
  • Increases in computational power has unlocked the potential for individually manufactured cladding panels and digital fabrication. What analysis and systems are available to adopt the complex more routinely and cost effectively?
  • Increases in complexity and cost effectiveness means that we can not longer rely on worst case designs for analysis. How can we further automate algorithms for structural analysis to help solve this problem?
  • As regulations for energy use are becoming more stringent, ever more detail of the building envelope needs to be designed to perform thermally. How can we inform early stage design of non-repeating geometry, to optimise the building envelope?
  • Optimizing health and safety
  • Minimizing CO2-emissions
  • Playing the digital transformation
  • The instrumentality of appearance
  • Information – rich environments
  • The need for aesthetic revolutions
  • Digital Influence on façade construction: How is the horizon changing?
  • State-of-the-art trends in contemporary façade designs & aesthetics for European projects
  • Culminating complexity of design with safety and sustainability features of the façade
  • Latest materials on the block being used for contemporary façade designs coupled with enhanced safety features

John Downes

  • The Sustainability Triangle: let us make the difference
  • The Cradle-to-Cradle concept and certification
  • Cradle-to-Cradle for the construction industry
  • Natural light management
  • Smart-tinting façades… to create comfortable spaces
  • Outstanding aesthetics & design
  • Acoustic terminology & sound transmission paths
  • Compliance and testing
  • Performance limiting factors & acoustic enhancing products
  • Multi-layered envelopes: Novel approaches with multi-layered glazed façade execution
  • Refurbishing with structural glass: Taking aesthetics and value addition together
  • Glazing with large glass panes: Strategies to steer clear with challenges of their application
  • Curved laminated glass: Structural behaviour and performance of cold bending

Saverio Pasetto

  • Reducing the dependency of glass
  • A new aesthetic of solidity
  • The challenge of natural ventilation
  • Innovating with ultra high performance concrete – Taking bridge technology to façades
  • Advanced simulation and computational design
  • On the frontier of complex and new best practice – going beyond the code
  • Production capability & façade quality
  • Attributes of the façade & fire safety
  • The façade supply chain
  • Regulations above and below 18m
  • Routes to compliance with regulations above 18m
  • Tips for successful specification
  • Evolution of building design and ventilation
  • Requirements for need to ventilate for IAQ and IEQ
  • Natural ventilation - design considerations
  • Low air infiltration rates, with controlled ventilation for fresh air
  • Combating weather through envelope insulation, and balance natural ventilation
  • Assessing the sustainability of such structures vis-à-vis building guidelines
  • Evaluation of mixed mode ventilation and cooling strategy
  • Consideration of acoustics in relation to ventilation

Ant Wilson

  • The latest landmark projects in structural glass
  • Emerging innovations and their potential applications
  • The challenge of managing energy performance
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