2nd Oct 2018, Hilton on Park Lane, London

About the Event


Zak World of Façades is an International conference series on the subject of façade design & engineering. The conference now takes place in Asia (Singapore, India, Sri Lanka, Indonesia, Thailand, Malaysia, Philippines and Hong Kong), Middle East (United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and Kuwait), Africa (Kenya, Morocco and South Africa), Europe (United Kingdom and France) and Australasia (Australia and New Zealand) and the United States of America.

Now in it’s 50th edition globally and the 2nd edition in UK, the conference will discuss the latest innovations and challenges in the construction industry pertaining to the building envelope and will showcase the latest technological solutions.

Speakers and Panelists

Conference Agenda

50th Edition - Zak World of Façades United Kingdom, 2nd Oct 2018, Hilton on Park Lane, London

Session - 1(09.30 - 10.35)

08.00 - 08.50

Delegate Registration & Networking

Event Convenor

Stephen Tanno, Director - Pre Construction, Schüco International

08.50 - 08.55

Welcome Address


08.55 - 09.20

Weaving tomorrow

  • 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
Knut Stockhusen, Partner, Schlaich Bergermann Partner

09.20 - 09.45

The Narrative of Shelter

  • Representation
  • Layers
  • Craft
Alex Wraight, Partner, Allies & Morrison

09.45 - 10.05

“La casa del desierto” – A glass house in the desert!

  • In the desert? – Shouldn’t we build a cave?
  • This is going to get hot!
  • Let’s take the challenge!
Max Radt, Regional Commercial Manager, Guardian Europe

10.05 - 10.25

Façades - Towards a holistic approach

  • 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?
Paul Kalkhoven, Senior Partner & Head of Technical Design, Foster + Partners

10.25 - 10.45


Session - 2(11.00 - 13.00)

10.45 - 11.10

Façade design, fabrication and construction in a digital world

  • How tools can help decide what the façade should be
  • Communicating design
  • Tracking what is going on
  • Additive fabrication and its potential
Russell Cole, Director - Leader Façade UK, Arup

11.10 - 11.35

Digitalisation from BIM to final construction

  • 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!
Christian Glatte, General Manager, Schüco Digital

11.35 - 12.05

From hot to cold

  • 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
Kai-Uwe Bergmann, Partner, BIG Group

12.05 - 12.50

PANEL DISCUSSION: From Digital engineering to digital fabrication: How is the future of building skin design and construction changing?

  • 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, Director - Special Services & Buildings, Ramboll


Myles Taylor, Director, Squire & Partners Lukas Romanczin, Director, Murphy Façade Studio Hans Jansen, Lead Concept Designer - Cladding, Scheldebouw Cobus Bothma, Director - Applied Research, KPF Andrew Pryke, Director of Design, BAM Construct Colin Westpfel, Head of Design, Balfour Beatty

12.50 - 13.40

Networking Lunch Break

Session - 3(13.50 - 15.40)

Track A

Session Chair

Ron Hull, Marketing Manager - EMEA & America, Kuraray

13.40 - 14.00

Glass and the evolution of high-rise living

  • Glass and where we live
  • Glass and how we live
  • Glass and why it matters
Martin Liepmann, Associate Director, SOM Phil Obayda, Associate Director, SOM

14.00 - 14.20

The façade engineer bridging specialist engineering to make a vision viable

  • 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?
Anna Wendt, Associate Director, BuroHappold

14.20 - 14.40

Architecture with steel - Façade profiles for ambitious architecture projects

  • Transparency and freedom of design
  • Aesthetics, precision and variety of form
  • Energy efficiency, economy and sustainability
Veronica Muffatti, Business Development for Architectural Applications, Siderval Klaus Hedding, Head of Business Development & Market Communication, Hoesch Schwerter Extruded Profiles

14.40 - 15.00

Silicone technologies for high performance façades

  • Changing the face of world cities enabled by silicone
  • Advances in non-glass panel bonding
  • Improving energy performance with silicones
Markus Plettau, Marketing Manager EMEA, High Performance Building, Dow Performance Silicones

15.00 - 15.20

Advanced interlayer offer additional value for laminated safety glazing

  • 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
Christoph Troska, Manager - Global Architecture Segment, Trosifol® World of Interlayers

15.20 - 15.50

PANEL DISCUSSION: Architectural Glass 2.0: Transparent designing of future buildings

  • 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, Façade Technical Director, Skanska


Gordon Talbot, Projects Director, Ian Ritchie Architects Graham Coult, Technical Director, Eckersley O'Callaghan Mark Bax, Architect Director, BDP David Metcalfe, Director, Centre for Window and Cladding Technology

Track B

13.40 - 14.00

White Collar Factory: The journey of an ide

  • 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
Stephen Taylor, Associate Director, Allford Hall Monaghan Morris

14.00 - 14.20

Looking back - Moving forward: Where history inspires innovation

  • 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
Claudia Farabegoli, Vice President, Thornton Tomasetti

14.20 - 14.40

Total fire safety considerations for façade design

  • 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?
Judith Schulz, Associate Director - Fire Engineering, Arup Darren Kent, Associate Director - Façades, Arup

14.40 - 15.00

ACP: Everything you wanted to know but were afraid to ask

  • Value proposition
  • Quality
  • Fire safety
Adrian Brown, Fire Service Advisor, General Directorate of Dubai Civil Defense

15.00 - 15.20

Fire safety and façades - What are the challenges? Part 2

  • Why system testing is important
  • Intermediate scale testing for extended applications
  • Assessing the performance of the full build up
Roy Weghorst, Head of Regulatory Affairs - Fire, Kingspan

15.20 - 15.50

PANEL DISCUSSION: Fire safety regulations for buildings: Changing dynamics of façade materials in UK

  • 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, Head of Façades, Mace


Simon Lay, Director, Olsson Fire & Risk Steve Bosi, Head of Façade Engineering, WSP Aaron Caffrey, Technical Director, Ballymore Group Colman Billings, Managing Director, Billings Design Associates

Track C

Session Chair

Sandeep Kashyap, Head of Global Sales, Merck Window Technologies

13.40 - 14.00

Less material – More presence

  • A journey into our work with integration of light
  • Thoughts on thin glass
  • Gravity – A test case
Luke Lowings, Director, Carpenter | Lowings Architecture & Design

14.00 - 14.20

Improved façade U-values and associated risks related to interstitial and surface condensation formation

  • 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
Clyde Abela, Associate Director, Wintech

14.20 - 14.40

Form vs Function: Envelope optimisation of design and performance

  • Envelope optimisation
  • Face performance
  • Realising design whilst delivering high performance façades
Meredith Davey, Director, Atelier Ten

14.40 - 15.00

Façade design for future building envelopes

  • 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
Thomas Henriksen, Technical Director, Kingspan Façades

15.00 - 15.20

To shade or not to shade? That is the question

  • Current solar shading on façades
  • Trends in glass design
  • A future with dynamic glass
Bruce Nicol, Head of Global Design, Merck Window Technologies

15.20 - 15.50

PANEL DISCUSSION: Solar shading and daylighting for smart buildings

  • 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, Associate Principal – Environment & Sustainability, Elementa Consulting


James Ford, Partner, Hoare Lea Chris Cummings, Technical Director - Environmental and Sustainability, ChapmanBDSP Gary Clark, Head of Sustainability, WilkinsonEyre Simone Pagani, Senior Partner, GIA Louisa Bowles, Partner, HawkinsBrown  

15.50 - 16.10

Networking Tea/Coffee Break

Session - 4(16.00 - 17.45)

16.20 - 16.40

The potential of high-end all-glass structures

  • Design & engineering
  • Large format glass properties
  • Logistics of large glass sizes
Thomas Spitzer, Managing Director, Seele UK

16.40 - 17.00

Ductal: Unveiling an innovative material

  • Operations: Licensing, quality control and production
  • Regulations: Complying with codes & sustainable construction
  • Creating a professional ecosystem and developing solutions
Pascal Pinet, Project Manager, Ductal® by LafargeHolcim Carlos Piles, Head of Ductal® Europe, Ductal® by LafargeHolcim

17.05 - 17.12

PechaKucha 20x20: Safe, slim and sustainable: CALOSTAT® - the non-combustible high-performance insulation material for façades

  • 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
Dr. Bettina-Gerharz-Kalte, Vice President Thermal Insulation, Evonik Resource Efficiency

17.12 - 17.57

PANEL DISCUSSION: Façade Landscape Evolution: Continued improvisation of the industrial best practices

  • 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, Director - Pre Construction, Schüco International


Sean Butler, Commercial Director - Metal Construction, Schueco UK John Downes, Head of Façades - Europe, LendLease Peter Runacres, Senior Project Director, Argent Daryl Roots, Strategic Procurement Manager, Sir Robert McAlpine João Simões, Managing Director, Martifer Sam Potter, Partner, Make Architects

17.57 - 18.00

Vote of Thanks & End of the Conference

18.00 - 19.30

Networking Reception (by invite only)

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