20th Jul 2018, ITC Gardenia, Bengaluru

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 45th edition globally and 6th edition in Bengaluru, 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

45th Edition - Zak World of Façades India, 20th Jul 2018, ITC Gardenia, Bengaluru

Session - 1(09.30 - 10.35)

08.50 - 09.30

Delegate Registration

Event Convenor

KR Suresh, Regional Director, Axis Façades Suhel Kachwala, Managing Director, FG Glass

09.30 - 09.40

Welcome Address


09.40 - 10.00

Façades & Identities

  • Façades as sculptural fronts to buildings showcasing interiority
  • Façades masquerading an alternate identity to the buildings
  • Façade identities spawning varied emotions in the building occupants
Smaran Mallesh, Principal Architect, Cadence Design

10.00 - 10.30

Design Trends in Stadia Facades

  • Rigid and flexible materials
  • Tensile membrane
  • Cable systems
Richard MacDonald, Regional Director, Maffeis Engineering

10.30 - 10.50

Sun shading – Passive architectural solution using High Pressure Laminates

  • Significance of passive architecture
  • Energy efficiency benefits of sun shading using High Pressure Laminates
  • Social aspects of improving performance of built spaces
Prameena Karunairaj, Business Development Manager - Sun Shading Façade, FunderMax India

10.50 - 11.10


Session - 2(11.00 - 13.00)

11.10 - 11.30

Tensile membrane façade - Lightweight + durable

  • Thermal comfort & solar protection
  • Visual comfort & glare control
  • Dynamic facades with day/night effect
Nitin Govila, Director - APAC & MEA, Serge Ferrari

11.30 - 11.55

Innovations in Façade Technology & Trends

  • Technical implementation of parametrically developed constructions
  • Challenges of geometry
Mic Patterson, Director of Strategic Development, Schüco USA

11.55 - 12.25

The design legacy

  • Case Studies India - Bangalore T2; Carmichael Road; DLF Tower, Chennai
  • Case Studies USA - NYC Manhattan West N/E Tower; Moynihan Station; CCLD: Airforce Academy
Christoph Timm, Associate Director, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill

12.25 - 13.10

PANEL DISCUSSION: Innovations for high performance functional facades

  • Digital Influence on façade construction: How is the horizon changing?
  • Multi layered envelopes - a way to high performance
  • Heat Island effect and design innovations to minimise the same
  • Culminating complexity of design with safety and sustainability features of the façade


KR Suresh, Regional Director, Axis Façades


Mahesh Arumugam, Regional Director, Meinhardt Façade Technology Giuseppe Morando, Design Head, Space Matrix Kamlesh Choudhari, Director, Glass Wall Systems Akshay Heranjal, Principal Architect, The Purple Ink Studio Ramyo Dey, General Manager - Planning & Design, Bangalore International Airport Ltd. Gautam Shetty, Design Head, Baghmane

13.10 - 14.00

Networking Lunch Break

Session - 3(13.50 - 15.40)

14.00 - 14.20

Effective Project Management Techniques Pertaining To The Building Envelope

  • Dedicated Resource Allocation for Building Envelope works
  • Scheduling and Sequencing of Building Envelope works
  • Constant monitoring of On Site Quality Control through Inspections, (ex: Activity Checklists and Material Test reports)
  • Building Enclosure Commissioning and Handover Documentation.
  • Challenges faced during design / planning & construction of building envelope for a steel building compared to a RCC building
AV Antao, Chief Operating Officer, Synergy Property Development

14.20 - 14.40

Kinship of fire and façade

  • Safety - Importance of fire severance
  • Secured - Importance of smoke seal
  • Suppression - Importance of fire stop
Mahesh Arumugam, Regional Director, Meinhardt Façade Technology

14.40 - 15.00

Future of Glass Façade

  • Evolution of glass façade
  • Converting rendering into reality
  • Solutions from SunGuard
Sourabh Kankar, Regional Manager, Gujarat Guardian

15.00 - 15.20

Evolving laminated safety glass

  • Influence of interlayer properties
  • Indian standard regulations
  • Analysis of glass fins
Malvinder Singh Rooprai, Technical Consultant - Asia Pacific Region, Kuraray

15.20 - 15.40

Emerging trends & technologies for building façade

  • Services for the industry from Dow
  • Innovations from Dow
Jean-Paul Hautekeer, Global Strategic Marketing Director, The Dow Chemical Company

15.40 - 16.00

New trends of façade for residential projects

  • Evolution of façade, from conventional system to unitized glazing system
  • Reasons to have the latest elements in residential facades
  • Integrated solution provided in the unitised glazing system
Rahul Miskeen, VP-Design & Planning, Glass Wall Systems

16.20 - 16.40

Networking Tea/Coffee Break

Session - 4(16.00 - 17.45)

16.20 - 16.30

Rigour Skin

Ravindra Kumar, Director, Venkatramanan Associates

16.30 - 16.50

Durable powders for a new tomorrow

  • Why powder coatings (Liquid Paint vs Powder)
  • Warranty grade powder coatings
  • Product series (D1000, D2000, D3000)
PV Narsimha Rao, National Sales Head - India Sri Lanka & Bangladesh, Akzonobel India

16.50 - 17.35

Challenges in Façade Execution

  • Façade deliveries, understanding and mitigating risk
  • Desinging for safety
  • Engineered system facades and how to use them to benefit seamless facade execution
  • On site logistics and execution challenges
  • Possible pitfalls and their avoidance


Antony John, Technical Director, Schueco India


Anil Mutalik, Vice President - Projects, Bhartiya City Eshan Hemrajani, Director, Glass Wall Systems Balaji Chandran, Head - Speciality Business, FunderMax India Siva Senathipathy, Director, Gleeds Hoolooman Senoj Alexander V, Vice President & Head, Karle Infra Sharath Ravindran, Project Director, Atelier D’Arts & Architecture Sagar Muthappa, Senior Vice President - Projects, Vaishnavi Group

17.35 - 17.45

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