24th Apr 2018, The Hilton, Doha

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 41st edition globally and 9th edition in the GCC and the 3rd edition in Doha, 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

41st Edition - Zak World of Façades Middle East, 24th Apr 2018, The Hilton, Doha

Session - 1(09.30 - 10.35)

08.00 - 08.50

Delegate Registration

Event Convenor

08.50 - 09.00

Welcome Address


09.00 - 09.25

Exhaust 2.0 - An active skin façade for the Middle East

  • The challenge of transparency, insulation and glare control
  • How we activated one layer
  • Innovation realized - A project reference
Micha Pawelka, Managing Director, Priedemann Middle East

09.25 - 09.45

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

09.45 - 10.05

When façades go wrong - Case studies on common defects, their consequences and options for remediation

  • Case studies on common defects, their consequences and options for remediation
  • Mould in buildings
  • Challenges in glass procurement
  • Failures of aluminium and timber cladding panels, skylights with DGU
  • Let’s talk fire
Maged (Max) Ahmed, Lead Façade Engineer - Middle East, BG&E Façades

10.05 - 10.30

Tectonics, Technic and aesthetics of the skin

  • Gottfried Semper's 'Bekleidung' theory - Theory of dressing has been influential in theorizing design especially with the essential element of contemporary architecture: The curtain wall. The presentation, through examples from across the globe will delve into issues of design decision making, tectonics and technology
Murat Tabanlioglu, Partner, Tabanlioglu Architects

10.30 - 10.45


Session - 2(11.00 - 13.00)

10.50 - 11.20

Skin and bones

  • Engineering insights into the development of intelligent building envelopes
Knut Stockhusen, Partner, Schlaich Bergermann Partner

11.20 - 11.40

City of the future – Impact of the building envelope

  • Energy Autonomy – When climate matters
  • Vortex Design – high rise and wind load design of curtain walls
  • Slim slide – Opening with a view
  • Digitalization – What BIM can do
Dr Werner Jager, Director Technology & Marketing - DACH Markets, Hydro Building Systems

11.40 - 12.10

From concept to craft

  • Technological Paradigm shifts
  • Cultural Affinities
  • Working with Nature
Michel Mossessian, Design Principal, Mossessian Architecture

12.10 - 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 Middle Eastern 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


Arvind Kumar, Manager - Architectural Advisory, Technal Middle East


Dr. Ahmed Helal, Head of Architecture, CEG International Kas Oosterhuis, Professor, Qatar University Ulderico Amarao, Design Director, Hill International Jasbir Singh Bhamra, Design Manager, Arcadis

12.50 - 13.40

Networking Lunch Break

Session - 3(13.50 - 15.40)

13.40 - 14.00

Parametric approach to façades and ultralight tensile structures

  • Form finding in tensile structures
  • Advanced studies on tension rings in stadia
  • Parametric and numerical approach in façade designs and calculations
Massimo Maffeis, CEO and Founder, Maffeis Engineering

14.00 - 14.20

Challenges and developments in façades

  • New trends in architectural façade designs
  • Durability and sustainability
  • Developments with special coatings
Efthimios Zizos, Projects Manager, Elval Colour

14.20 - 14.40

Architectural trends in powder coating finishes

  • Heat reflective powder coatings
  • Texture/Wood finish powder coatings
  • The growth of fluoropolymer powder coatings
Monesh Aidasani, Regional Specifications Manager - Middle East, India & Africa, Jotun Powder Coatings

14.40 - 15.00

Structural and acoustic performance interlayers for façade and window safety glass

  • Newly adopted laminated safety glass elements incorporating structural PVB and Ionoplast interlayers yielding in outstanding glazing design features for complex façade constructions with larger spans
  • Besides decorative and UV control function, acoustic comfort is possible by choosing specific acoustic damping PVB interlayers close to noise zones in global high urban density areas
  • Selecting the right interlayer choice to reduce the risk of delamination in open edge applications
Ron Hull, Marketing Manager - EMEA & America, Kuraray

15.00 - 15.20

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
Justin Nieuwoudt, Façade Engineer, Inhabit Group

15.20 - 15.40

Ventilated façades with sintered stone

  • What is sintered stone?
  • Types of ventilated façades
  • Types of fixing systems
Alvaro Palencia, Architectural Project Manager, TheSize Surfaces

15.40 - 16.00

Key factors in Aluminium Extrusions

  • Anodizing: Anodizing process control (Automatic mode to ensure repeated color and quality)
  • Press: Achieving high precision tolerance in aluminium extrusion
  • Powder: Sea side quality of powder coatings in aluminium profiles
Yousef Al Yacoub, General Manager, Qalex

16.00 - 16.40

PANEL DISCUSSION: Façade Engineering matrix for desired project delivery targets

  • Impact of early determination of value, commercial success and project risk on Return on Investment per project
  • Systemised risk management: Pre and post construction evaluation vis-à-vis conformity with changing regulations
  • Optimising value engineering from the planning and until implementation stage
  • Bridging the coordination gap for design and delivery strategy


Micha Pawelka, Managing Director, Priedemann Middle East


Hani Awni Al Hawamdeh, Chief Technical Officer, Arab Engineering Bureau Jack Ghantous, Senior Projects Director, Midmac Contracting George Triantafyllou, Business Development Director, Salfo and Associates Dr. Houssam Tlemat, Senior Manager - Civil/Structural Engineering, Astad Wissam G Mansour, Managing Principal, Focus Design Partners

16.40 - 16.45

Vote of Thanks & End of the Conference

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