24th Oct 2017, Hyatt Regency Olaya, Riyadh

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 South Asia (India & Sri Lanka), South East Asia (Singapore & Indonesia), Greater China (Hong Kong), Middle East (United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and Kuwait), Africa (Kenya) and the United Kingdom.

Now in it’s 35th edition globally, 7th edition in the GCC and the 1st edition in Saudi Arabia, the conference has become a specialised forum 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

35th Edition - Zak World of Façades Middle East, 24th Oct 2017, Hyatt Regency Olaya, Riyadh

Session - 1(09.30 - 10.35)

08.00 - 08.50

Delegate Registration

08.50 - 09.00

Welcome Address


09.00 - 09.30

Unveiling the value of façade consultancy

  • A rationale look on benefit of reliable guidance from concept to as-built
  • A case study of availing vs. not availing a competent service team
  • An intellectual approach
Micha Pawelka, Managing Director, Priedemann Middle East

09.30 - 09.50

The 4 P's of high performance building envelope design

  • Price
  • Prefabrication
  • Performance
  • Post-erection
Meshal Al Buthie, Architect, Omrania

09.50 - 10.10

Tensile fabric façade - 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

10.10 - 10.30


Session - 2(11.00 - 13.00)

10.30 - 10.50

Natural stone façades – Back ventilated rainscreen cladding

  • Beautiful, natural, complex
  • Design requirements
  • Fixing Methods
Alexander Wagner, Engineering Manager Façade, Meinhardt Façade Technology

10.50 - 11.10

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, Director Technology & Marketing - DACH Markets, Hydro Building Systems

11.10 - 11.40

Modular architecture and affordable housing

  • Modular architecture
  • Use of modular architecture in affordable housing
  • Trendy façades for budget housing
Hussam Abdelghany, Principal, HAG Architects

11.40 - 12.30

PANEL DISCUSSION: Energy codes, ratings & guidelines for façades

  • Sustainable façades for the region
  • Understanding the role of building envelopes to meet local Green Building regulations
  • Rating standards and stakeholder coordination for façades
  • Thermal performance in curtain wall & fenestration
  • Dynamic shading techniques


Alex Dantziguian, Managing Director, Technoform Middle East


Mahmoud Abughazal, Head of Architecture, Omrania Maher Al Hamwi, Senior Architect, ABV Rock Group Francesco Clemente, Technical Manager, Proger Abdullah Quadri, Senior Architect, TypsaUsman Ashraf, Head - Quantity Surveying Department, Saudi Consulting Services

12.30 - 13.30

Networking Lunch Break

Session - 3(13.50 - 15.40)

13.30 - 13.50

Rammed earth wall envelope - The adaptability and flexibility as part of modern mud architecture

  • Mud Architecture; part of our ancient and modern life
  • Rammed wall’s benefits
  • Rammed wall envelope
  • Projects around the world
Dr Ayman Melouk, Head of Architecture, NKY Architects & Engineers

13.50 - 14.10

Innovative ideas for glass – Glare + Shading

  • Problems with glare and high sunlight in the Middle East
  • Introducing ecoTHERM (IGU) with Solera®?- 'the Real Daylighting Solution'
  • Bespoke façades with MESHDECO Sefar®?Architecture Vision
Firoz Kachwala, Director, Future Architectural Glass

14.10 - 14.30

Towards a high performance façade design

  • The future trends of façade design
  • The challenges facing high performance building enclosure
  • How to add value by design
  • Metrics of success
  • Case study “Hotel with Complex Façade”
Ramy Mosa, Lead Design Architect, Zuhair Fayez Partnership

14.30 - 14.50

Thermal break systems - The solution for saving energy, the environment and money

  • Defining thermal break systems
  • Advantages
  • Evolution
Alex Dantziguian, Managing Director, Technoform Middle East

14.50 - 15.10

Understanding fire resistant glass

  • Overview of fire rated glass
  • Integration of fire rated glass in a system
  • Correct specification of fire rated glass
Imran Manasawala, Director, Future Architectural Glass

15.10 - 15.15

Vote of Thanks

15.15 - 16.00

Networking & End of the Conference

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