20th Mar 2018, The Conrad, Dubai

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, Malaysia & Thailand), Greater China (Hong Kong), Middle East (United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and Kuwait), Africa (Kenya & South Africa), Australia and the United Kingdom.

Now in it’s 39th edition globally and 8th edition in the GCC and the 4th edition in UAE, 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

39th Edition - Zak World of Façades Middle East, 20th Mar 2018, The Conrad, Dubai

Session - 1(09.30 - 10.35)

08.00 - 08.50

Delegate Registration

Event Convenor

Benjamin Beer, Technical Director, Meinhardt Façade Technology

08.50 - 09.00

Welcome Address


09.00 - 09.30

Disruptive technologies in façades

  • New paradigms in the façade design techniques
  • Speed engineering of façades
  • New and emerging façade materials
Mathieu Meur, Director - Technical, DP Architects

09.30 - 09.50

Architectural tends 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

09.50 - 10.20

Future proofing façades: A journey on innovation, materials and systemic thinking

  • Designing for people, a human centric perspective on design and innovation
  • Thinking smart from advance modelling to fabrication
  • Embracing change, responsive façade design
Filippo Lodi, Head of Innovation and Knowledge Management, UNStudio

10.20 - 10.27

PechaKucha: An idea warmer - 400 seconds for a new high-performance insulation that really works

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

10.27 - 10.47


Session - 2(11.00 - 13.00)

10.47 - 11.07

Normal performance façades

  • The impact of thermal bridging
  • The ‘minimum required performance’
  • The effect of poor air tightness
Jason Pardesi, General Manager, Wintech Middle East

11.07 - 11.27

City of the future - Impact of the building envelope

  • Comfort and security for users
  • Fire scenarios and solutions build
  • Fire-Smoke-Ventilation – What really matters!
Dr Werner Jager, Director Technology & Marketing - DACH Markets, Hydro Building Systems

11.27 - 11.34

PechaKucha 20x20 : Exhaust 2.0 – 400 seconds on an active skin façade

Micha Pawelka, Managing Director, Priedemann Middle East

11.34 - 12.04

Linking operational, functional and creative performance - AJN design philosophy and inspiration

  • Case studies on current, recently finished or under construction projects in the Middle East, France, the US and Brazil
Stacy Eisenberg, Project Manager, Ateliers Jean Nouvel

12.04 - 12.50

PANEL DISCUSSION: Digital impact on modern façade design and construction

  • Streamlining complex façade designs through BIM: Benefits and challenges
  • Digital fabrication: Integration of advanced technologies aiming towards performative designs
  • Multi-dimensional and complex façade geometries in the post-digital era
  • Augmenting 3D printing for smart, well insulated and sustainable façades


Sarah Coogan, Associate, Inhabit Group


Richard Fenne, Principal, Woods Bagot John C. Kim, Design Director, AE7 David Daniels, Director of Architecture, SSH Armin Buchbinder, Head of Design, BSBG Benjamin Beer, Technical Director, Meinhardt Façade Technology

12.50 - 13.40

Networking Lunch Break

Session - 3(13.50 - 15.40)

13.40 - 14.00

Advanced façade design technology – How to deliver a smart façade design

  • Possibilities of visualising and designing conceptual façade design WITH FUN
  • How to integrate architectural design, façade details and fabrication data together
  • Technologies to capable all as-built façade information in a BIM model
Douglas Sum, Façade Services Group Leader, Aurecon

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

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
Uygar Arica, Sales & Business Development Manager - MENA, Calvi Network Extrusion Business Unit Meinolf Wortmann, Head of Research & Development, Hoesch Schwerter Extruded Profiles

14.40 - 15.00

Key principles for design/manufacturing of curved glass

  • Benefits and drawbacks
  • Visual acceptance
  • Applicability of current standards
Naoki Woodward, Associate, Koltay Façades

15.00 - 15.20

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
Jan Scheers, Sales and Market Development Manager, Kuraray Europe

15.20 - 15.40

Bringing design and durability to incredible heights

  • Enabling design freedom and building functionality with advanced technologies
  • Optimizing safety and security of high rise construction
  • The proven contribution of silicone materials to façade quality and longevity
Enrico Cutri, Senior Building Project Specification Manager - EMEAI, Dow Chemical Company

15.40 - 16.13

Networking Tea/Coffee Break

Session - 4(16.00 - 17.45)

16.13 - 16.20

PechaKucha: Hybrid pre-fabricated façades

Eugene Korch, Technical Director, FAT Façades

16.20 - 16.40

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

16.40 - 17.25

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


Jason Pomeroy, Founding Principal, Pomeroy Studio


Lindsay Mellum, Associate- Façades, WSP Nigel Eckersall, Director Design & Development, VX Studio Christopher Owen, Associate Principal, AECOM Avinash Kumar, Associate Partner, Godwin Austen Johnson Dr. Belarmino Cordero, Division Manager - Façades, AESG

17.25 - 17.30

Vote of Thanks & End of the Conference

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