12th Jun 2018, HKCEC, Hong Kong

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 43rd edition globally and 2nd edition in the Greater China region, 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

43rd Edition - Zak World of Façades Greater China, 12th Jun 2018, HKCEC, Hong Kong

Session - 1(09.30 - 10.35)

08.00 - 08.50

Delegate Registration

Event Convenor

08.50 - 08.55

Welcome Address

Sammy Hui, Vice President, Hong Kong Façade Association

08.55 - 09.20

Façade design in high density environment

  • Constraints and innovation
  • Environmental performance and façade design
  • Case studies
Carolin Fong, Director, DLN Architects

09.20 - 09.40

Textile Façade - A New Style of Architecture

  • Thermal comfort & solar protection
  • Visual comfort & glare control
  • Dynamic façades with day/night effect
Eddy Huang, General Manager - Greater China, Serge Ferrari

09.40 - 10.00

High performance, lightweight, long span building envelopes with ETFE

  • An introduction to projects, details, technology & advantages for ETFE façades & roofs
  • Fire, thermal, llght and wind load performance with ETFE
  • Case study on the 20,000m2 ETFE moving roof of the Singapore National Stadium
Matthew Penrose, Vice President - Sales, Vector Foiltec

10.00 - 10.25

Application of digital tools in BIM

  • Current methods of designing and storing data
  • Platforms for procurement and fabrication
  • Future of digital: Beyond BIM
Jeff Tsai, Associate Director, Arup

10.25 - 10.50


Session - 2(11.00 - 13.00)

10.50 - 11.15

The future of glass – A retrospective

  • What did ‘now’ look like then?
  • Technology of the present
  • Our vision of the future
Ian Langham, Associate Director, Eckersley O'Callaghan

11.15 - 11.35

Material to its limits

  • Demanding architecture in steel and glass
  • From concept to reality
  • Innovations in design and fabrication
Diemo Schillack, COO, Seele Hong Kong

11.35 - 12.05

Case study on the Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg, Germany

  • Glass and glazing’s
  • Expressions & appearances
  • Developments and processes
Stefan Goeddertz, Associate, Herzog & de Meuron

12.05 - 12.50

PANEL DISCUSSION: 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 Asian 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


Dr Benny Chow, Director of Sustainability, Aedas


Axel Funke, Project Director, Lead 8 Steffen Kleinert, Senior Associate Principal, KPF Dom Lew, Associate Director, LWK Garett Hwang, Associate Director, UNStudio Simon Yu, Senior Associate, Zaha Hadid Architects Charis Cosmas, Senior Façade Engineer, BuroHappold Engineering

12.50 - 13.40

Networking Lunch Break

Session - 3(13.50 - 15.40)

13.40 - 14.00

Rethinking the competitive bid framework

  • The pre-construction service agreement
  • The process
  • The benefits
Peter Cooper, Group Tender Manager, Craft Holdings

14.00 - 14.20

Natural ventilation & solar shading for high-rise buildings

  • Need for ventilation in high-rise buildings
  • Need for external shading in high-rise buildings
  • Solutions for the same
Frank Goudman, Sales Manager - Export, Renson

14.20 - 14.40

Case study on the Ocean terminal and Façade lighting

  • Engineering challenges behind this panoramic waterfront experience
  • Latest façade lighting technology
  • Impact of façade lighting design
Ben Lüder, Principal Lighting Design, Inhabit Group Kevin Law, Associate, Inhabit Group

14.40 - 15.00

Bringing IT media into real estate

  • Creating real estate wealth in new ways
  • Turning architectural buildings into powerful storytelling medias
  • 4th generation of media façade - bestowing building scale story telling capability to architecture without destroying real estate value
Sungmin Hong, Managing Director, G-Smatt Global

15.00 - 15.20

Trends in use of high performance architectural glass

  • Innovative crystal clear bonding technologies
  • Transparent structural silicone adhesive (TSSA)
  • Designs with transparent structural silicone laminates (TSSL)
  • Transparent structural sealant 2400
Jerry Ma, Senior Technical Manager, Dow High Performance Building Solutions

15.20 - 15.40

Structural analysis of laminated glass

  • Viscoealstic behaviour of interlayers
  • Analysis approach in SUG -2018 and comparison with other country standards
  • Analysis for laminated glass fins
Malvinder Singh Rooprai, Technical Consultant, Kuraray

15.40 - 16.00

Networking Tea/Coffee Break

Session - 4(16.00 - 17.45)

16.00 - 16.20

Designing vertical hubs

  • Façades and context
  • Repetition and differentiation
  • Voids and atria
Viviana Muscettola, Associate Director, Zaha Hadid Architects

16.20 - 16.40

Coating technologies supporting façade design

  • Importance of a proper coating specification
  • Trend and new technologies
  • Supporting tools for the specifier
Annie Gao, Regional Marketing Manager - Greater China, AkzoNobel

16.40 - 17.00

Innovation in architectural metal coating systems

  • Understanding coil and extrusion coatings and end uses
  • Sustainable coating options for architects
  • Innovation in color and aesthetics
Chrissa Bales, Group Project Leader - Extrusion Coatings, Valspar

16.40 - 17.25

PANEL DISCUSSION: Façade contract matrix of large scale projects: Understanding whys and hows of the legal framework better

  • Pre & Post award contract management: Viable and appropriate approaches for improved construction partnering
  • Best industry practices for contract management and bidding techniques for better project outcomes
  • Mitigating risk elements through complex contract in high value projects
  • Designing succession and continuity plan while devising contingency strategies


Andreas Hiersemenzel, Managing Director, HS+A


Abdulla Jawhari, Associate Director – Buildings (Façade), Arcadis Simon Chan, Technical Director, Far East Aluminium Anthony Cheung, Director, Ronald Lu & Partners Robert-Jan van Santen, Partner, VS-A

17.25 - 17.30

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