25th Jul 2019, Marriott Hotel City Centre, Shanghai

About the Event


Zak World of Façades is an International conference series on façade design & engineering having attracted over 20,766 delegates across its 61 completed editions. The conference is currently being organised in 25 countries in the Middle East (UAE, Qatar, Kuwait & Saudi Arabia), South Asia (India & Sri Lanka), South East Asia (Singapore, Thailand, Malaysia, Philippines, Vietnam & Indonesia), East Asia (South Korea & China), Africa (Kenya, Egypt, Morocco & South Africa), Europe (United Kingdom, France, Germany & Sweden), Australasia (Australia & New Zealand) and the United States of America.

This is the 65th edition globally and the 3rd edition in China. It will witness the latest innovations and challenges in the construction industry pertaining to building envelopes and will also showcase latest technological solutions.

Speakers and Panelists

Conference Agenda

65th Edition - Zak World of Façades China, 25th Jul 2019, Marriott Hotel City Centre, Shanghai

Session - 1(09.30 - 10.35)

08.00 - 08.55

Delegate Registration

Event Convenor

08.55 - 09.00

Welcome Address

Jiaming Cao, Architectural Society of Shanghai China (ASSC)

09.00 - 09.25

Practices in Building Envelopes

  • Structural glass
  • Freeform envelope
  • Inside out untised façade
Yu Hui, Director, RFR Asia

09.25 - 09.50

Creation of New City Identity

  • Advanced façades accomplishing milestone city projects
  • Case studies on XJH Center in Shanghai and International Finance Centre in Hong Kong - Quick introduction
Gregg Jones, Principal, Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects

09.50 - 10.10

Tensile Façade - A New Style of Architecture

  • Freedom of shape
  • Thermal comfort & energy saving
  • Visual comfort & glare control
Huang Yong, Export Sales Director, Renson

10.10 - 10.30

Coating Technologies Supporting Façade Design

  • Importance of a proper coating specification
  • Trends and new technologies
  • Supporting tools for specifiers
Annie Gao, Regional Marketing Manager - Asia Pacific, AkzoNobel

10.30 - 10.50


Session - 2(11.00 - 13.00)

10.50 - 11.10

Structurally Advanced Building Envelopes - Technical Achievements and Future Developments

  • Technical achievements and application to projects in China
  • Hudson Yards, New York: Challenging building envelope contributing to international high-profile projects
  • Ongoing technical developments / materiality
David Sommer, Associate Director, Schlaich Bergermann Partner

11.10 - 11.30

Digital Manufacturing and Assembly in Architecture for Parametric Design & Complex Geometry Buildings

  • Digital manufacturing with high-end technology
  • Construction method that uses digital manufacturing
  • Effort for clean and safe future construction environment
Kim Sung-Jin, CEO, Withworks

11.30 - 11.50

The World of Doors & Windows

  • State-of-the-art trends in doors & windows
  • Innovation and development trend
  • Window wall system application
Angel Yang, Technical Director, Orville

11.50 - 12.20

Inside - Out

  • Getting under the skin of our cultural buildings, moving from surface to content
  • There is always an out-side to every in-side, and an interior to every exterior, as such each of our buildings is a unique expression of the interaction between content and context
  • Behind the skin deep façade we can discover some of the stories that have given form to our buildings
Robert Greenwood, Partner and Managing Director, Snøhetta

12.20 - 13.05

PANEL DISCUSSION : Digital Innovations in Façade Construction for Modern Architecture

  • Influence of technological advancements on façade construction: How is the horizon changing?
  • State-of-the-art trends in contemporary façade designs & aesthetics for projects in China
  • Culminating complexity of design with safety and sustainability features of the façade
  • Realising complex façade designs through BIM: Benefits and challenges


Meng Gen Bao Li Gao, Technical Director, Yuanda


Evan Gu, Technical Director, Gensler Michael ShenJun, Technical Director, Gartner Ping Jie Du, General Manager, Shanghai Hejia Curtain Wall Design Consulting Bing Shen, Vice President, URS China Zheng Zhang, Tongji Design Institute Zhu Chuanhai, Technical Director, Greenland Group

13.05 - 13.50

Networking Lunch Break

Session - 3(13.50 - 15.40)

13.50 - 14.10

Telling Tales

  • Every building has a story to tell, but not all buildings tells a story
  • Creating architecture is like spinning a story. When the work is completed, it becomes part of the community, the story of a place
  • The journey to realize the desired result forms the narrative of the tale
Ken Wai, Global Design Principal, Aedas

14.10 - 14.30

Façade Design and Construction on Large Scale Steel Structures - Introduction to Xi An Silk Road Conference Centre Façade Systems

  • Large span steel framed curtain wall system
  • Free standing glass fin system
  • Pre-assembled metal cladding
Xuekun Qian, Director - Shanghai, Inhabit Group

14.30 - 14.50

SentryGlas® - 20 Years of Transforming Glass Façades

  • Initially developed for the hurricane market, how SentryGlas® has become recognized as a high performance structural interlayer
  • Showcasing the exceptional structural properties of SentryGlas® that have enabled architects and designers to push the boundaries of glass
  • How 20 years of proven performance has provided confidence about long term durability
Jennifer Schneider, Structural and Security Glazing Market Manager, Kuraray America

14.50 - 15.10

DOWSIL Silicone Technologies Enabling Architectural Design Trends - High Transparency & More Energy Saving

  • Transparent Structural Silicone Adhesive (TSSA) bonding to replace bolted glass
  • Silicone crystal clear spacer for IGU
  • 3364 warm edge IG sealant
Jerry Ma, Senior Application Engineering Technical Manager - Asia Pacific, Dow Chemical

15.10 - 15.30

Performance and Aesthetics: Innovative Coating Options for Building Façades

  • Understanding high-performance coating options and application methods
  • Exploring limitless aesthetic options for 70% PVDF coating systems
  • How 70% PVDF coatings have enhanced monumental projects across the globe
Channing Beaudry, Global Technical Director, Sherwin-Williams Coil Coatings

15.30 - 15.50

Fastening Ventilated Façades – The Key to Modern Façade Aesthetics

  • How smart structural design can make things possible
  • How new cladding material opens new possibilities in façade design
  • How big size ceramics for cladding can help realizing architectural visions
Jochen Burbach, Global Business Unit Head Façade Systems ACT, Fischer

15.50 - 16.10

Networking Tea/Coffee Break

Session - 4(16.00 - 17.45)

16.10 - 16.30

Current and Future Technical Situation of Shanghai Architectural Façades

  • New material, new technology, new regulation
  • New structure type and system
  • Inteligent and comfortable solutions
Michael Chen, Design Director of Architectural Creation Center, ECADI

16.30 - 16.50

Optimizing Structural Thermal Barrier System in Façades

  • Importance of energy efficiency
  • Efficient thermal barrier system
Liang Zhou, Director of Business Development, Azon Jerry Schwabauer, VP - Sales and Marketing, Azon

16.50 - 17.10

The Selection of Glass for Curtain Wall

  • The trend of curtain wall glass
  • The selection of glass for curtain wall
  • Project case studies
Jianjun Yang,, CTO, Xinyi Glass

17.10 - 17.55

PANEL DISCUSSION : Understanding Façade Process Management - FPM

  • Façade deliveries, understanding and mitigating risk
  • The need for FPM
  • Implementation - Players involved and their roles
  • Possible pitfalls and their avoidance
  • Effect on the bottom line


Hongxu Ma, Design and Operations Director, CCGTECH


Ping Qian, Vice President - Design, CCDI Haiyun Zhuang, Façade Design Manager , SOHO China Xuemeng Bian, International Department Operation Director, Zhongnan Curtain Wall Zhining Wang, Associate Chief Engineer, Jangho Nan Li, Senior Associate Principal, KPF Ke Xiong, Vice President, Ulcont®UHPC

17.55 - 18.00

Vote of Thanks & End of the Conference

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