Zak World of Façades MIDDLE EAST,

21st Mar 2017, The Conrad, Dubai

About the Event

Zak World of Facades Middle East is the region’s largest conference series on Facade design & engineering. Now in it’s 26th edition globally and 6th edition in the Middle East, the conference has become a specialized forum in region to discuss the latest innovations and challenges in the construction industry pertaining to the building envelope and showcases the latest technological solutions.

Speakers and Panelists

Conference Agenda

26th Edition - Zak World of Façades Middle East, 21st Mar 2017, The Conrad, Dubai

Session - 1(09.30 - 10.35)

08.00 - 08.50

Delegate Registration

Event Host & Convenor

Andy Dean, Head of Facades - Middle East, WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff

08.50 - 09.00

Welcome Address

Syed Ahad Ahmed, Director, Zak Group

09.00 - 09.30


Evolution of façades envelope design: Precise parametric design and advanced BIM strategies

  • Understanding BIM and parametric design - the requirements and differences
  • What are the benefits and costs with respect to implementing BIM and parametric processes for facades
  • Implementing BIM and parametric procedures into the design process
Robert Stephens, Executive Director, Inhabit Group

09.30 - 10.00


Facade meets function

  • Case studies on how a concept translates to exterior expression
Yahya Jan, President & Design Director, NORR

10.00 - 10.20

Powder coatings technologies supporting façades design

  • Global specification standards (AAMA and Qualicoat)
  • Powder coatings technologies being complied with global durability standards
  • What are the new color trends and how do those support the contemporary facade design?
Maria Malo, Business Development Manager - MEA, Akzonobel

10.20 - 10.40


Session - 2(11.00 - 13.00)

10.40 - 11.00

Façade engineering on Mars

  • What would be the challenges of building Earth technology buildings on Mars?
  • How does the climate and environment influence decisions in façade system design?
  • What is possible today, where does the industry trend point?
Agnes Koltay, Director, Koltay Façades

11.00 - 11.25

City of the future - Impact of the building envelope

  • Comfort as driver - the user rules?
  • How does urban planning, climatic conditions and regulations impact the design of building envelopes?
  • What are and will be key trends and technologies to be considered?
Prof. Dr.-Ing. Werner Jager, Founder & Head of Operations, ai3 (Presentation sponsored by TECHNAL ®)

11.25 - 11.55

Special Keynote

The Royal Atlantis - Crafting an Icon

  • Defining geometries for a multi-scale visual experience
  • Designing the rules for controlled randomness
  • Creating depth, visual layering, and material texture for tactility and shading
Elie Gamburg, Director, Kohn Pedersen Fox

11.55 - 12.40

Vision and Adaptation of Effective Façades Project Management: Converging 2020 Urban Plan

  • Utilising façades planning to expedite completion of project
  • Project cost optimization through façades for overall commercial success
  • Communication driven project management: Establishing effective channels between project stakeholders
  • Diverse approaches being implied to deliver world class infrastructure projects showcasing UAE


Alex Dantziguian, Managing Director, Technoform Middle East


Belen Nemi, Associate, Gensler Abdullah Sulaiman, Executive Director, Lacasa Kenneth Turner, Director, Callison RTKL Ewa Juszczyk, Associate Director, Benoy

12.40 - 13.40

Networking Lunch Break

Session - 3(13.50 - 15.40)

13.40 - 14.00

Modern Façades challenges - An Intellectual approach

  • Importance of knowledge upgrade for value addition
  • A weighed fusion of theory, technology and practicality
  • How to react on reduced TLC?
Micha Pawelka, Managing Director, Priedeman Middle East

14.00 - 14.20

Tensile fabric Façades - Architectural functions and benefits

  • Thermal comfort & solar protection
  • Visual comfort & glare control
  • Dynamic Façades with day/night effect
Sanjoe Rodrigues, Regional Manager - Middle East, Serge Ferrari

14.20 - 14.40

Design optimization: Benefits of value engineering

  • Real life examples (anchoring, cast-in, firestop, etc)
  • Compliance with codes & regulations
Tatiana Masalska, Segment Manager - Façade, Hilti Middle East Nabeel Zabad, Regional Business Developer - Façade, Hilti Middle East

14.40 - 15.00

Taking an airport terminal building envelope from concept through to completion

  • Key façade design issues with terminal buildings
  • Interdisciplinary coordination factors
  • Control of fabrication and installation quality
Stuart Clarke, Associate Director - Middle East Façade Engineering Leader, Arup

15.00 - 15.20

Imagination on façades

  • Architectural 3D designs on façades
  • Key techniques of realization
  • Case studies
Efthimios Zizos, Projects Manager, Elval Colour

15.20 - 15.40

Perimeter barrier firestop systems for curtain walls

  • Functional requirements of perimeter barrier firestop systems
  • Fire resistance testing for curtain walling and perimeter barriers
  • Routes to UAE Code Compliance, highlighting the importance of quality of workmanship, need for inspection & reporting
Steve Swales, Director, Siderise Group

15.40 - 16.00

Networking & Coffee Break

Session - 4(16.00 - 17.45)

16.00 - 16.20

Protection with glass

  • Fire protective glazing: How it’s made
  • The new UAE Fire & Life Safety Code 2017: What it means to your architecture
  • Secure architecture: How its possible
Imran Manasawala, Director, Future Architectural Glass

16.20 - 16.40

Crystal clear bonding in modern glass designs

  • High strength and crystal clear silicone film for point connection in exterior façade
  • Structural area lamination for interior e.g. glass stairways, glass beams, etc
  • Case studies
Markus Plettau, Regional Market Manager - EMEA, Dow Performance Silicones

16.40 - 17.25

Innovations in Façade Construction for Modern Architecture

  • Digital Influence on façade construction: How is the horizon changing?
  • State-of-the-art trends in contemporary façade designs & aesthetics for Middle East
  • 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


Benjamin Beer, Technical Director, Meinhardt Façade


Arif Mehmood, Director RMJM Prabhanjan Kambadur, Director, RSP Osama Abbas, Director, IBECE Steven Dietrich, Head of Architecture, ObermeyerThyer Al Khubaisi Chris Jones, partner - Europe and Middle East, 10 Design Deepak Dinesh Prabakaran, Managing Director, PNC Architects

17.25 - 17.30

Vote of Thanks & End of the Conference

17.30 - 19.00

Post Event VIP Session + Networking (by invite only)

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