31st Mar 2020, Intercontinental The City, Doha [POSTPONED]

About the Event


Zak World of Façades, an international conference series on façade design & engineering, has attracted over 25,000+ delegates across its 75 completed editions as of date. This one day conference is currently being organised in over 30 countries around the globe such as 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, Greater China & Japan), Africa (Kenya, Egypt, Morocco & South Africa), Europe (United Kingdom, France, Germany, Poland, Turkey, Ireland, Denmark & Sweden), Australasia (Australia & New Zealand) and North America (USA & Canada).

This is the 77th global edition and 15th edition in the GCC and the 4th edition in Doha. It will highlight the latest innovations and challenges in the construction industry pertaining to building envelopes and will also showcase latest technological solutions.

For registration visit www.facades.qa

Speakers and Panelists

Conference Agenda

77th Edition - Zak World of Façades Middle East, 31st Mar 2020, Intercontinental The City, Doha [POSTPONED]

Session - 1(09.30 - 10.35)

08.00 - 08.50

Delegate Registration

Event Convenor

08.50 - 09.00

Welcome Address


09.00 - 09.25

Disruptive Technologies in Façades

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

09.25 - 09.50

Invisible Forces Shaping Stadia Design

  • Comfort
  • Performance
  • Cooling
Luke Harrison, Associate Director, Pattern Design

09.50 - 10.10

Bringing Façade Design and Performance Together

  • Design freedom & façade performance at the forefront
  • Taking no shortcuts on fire safety
  • Comprehensive approach to the project
Hafed Hmudda, Business Development Manager, Trimo

10.10 - 10.30

When Façades Go Wrong (Episode 2)

  • Case studies on common defects and their consequences
  • Stone façade failures
  • Water Leakages in façades
  • Mixed issues such as sandwich panel blistering, WPC composites failure and façades zone coordination
Maged (Max) Ahmed, Lead Façade Engineer - Middle East, BG&E Façades

10.30 - 10.55


Session - 2(11.00 - 13.00)

10.55 - 11.15

Art Glass In Buildings

  • Historical review
  • Surface treated glass
  • Glazed domes & skylight
Fawzi Ismail, General Manager/Director of Structural Department, MZ & Partners

11.15 - 11.35

Laminated Glass: Which Interlayer for Which Application?

  • Types of interlayers: Standard PVB vs Structural Interlayers
  • Different properties of interlayers: Security, UV protection & Acoustic
  • Application examples
Jan Scheers, Sales and Market Development Manager - Middle East, Kuraray Europe

11.35 - 11.55

Sustainability in the Façade Life Cycle - Let’s Dig into this Trend!

  • Is it really something new?
  • The disconnection between a sustainable design and the execution
  • Case studies of projects in execution stage
Lars Anders, CEO, Priedemann Façade Experts

11.55 - 12.15

System-Based Custom Solutions and Innovations

  • “Cherry picking” the right façade system for the right application
  • The secret to designing a sword façade
  • Digitalisation: Your daily fix
Thomas Fruhmann, Director Pre-Construction Services, Schüco Middle East

12.15 - 12.45

Façade Design…. Translating Vision into Reality

  • Vision at both macro and micro planning level
  • Eloquence in the language of architecture
  • Façade as a reflection of building identity
  • Evolvement of façade design in the local architecture
Hani Awni Al Hawamdeh, Chief Technical Officer, Arab Engineering Bureau

12.45 - 13.40

Networking Lunch Break

Session - 3(13.50 - 15.40)

13.40 - 14.00

Innovation in Façade Designing

  • Architectural insights into the development of sustainable building envelopes
Osama Ahmed Elfar, Design Director & Partner, Unii Design

14.00 - 14.20

Precise Parametrics and Buildings Information Modelling

  • Understanding BIM and parametric design – the requirements and differences
  • What are the benefits and costs with respect to implementing BIM and parametric processes for façades
  • Implementing BIM and parametric procedures into the design process
Ashley Byard-Bellis, Regional Manager - Qatar, Inhabit Group

14.20 - 14.40

Curtainwall and Perimeter Containment for Building Envelopes

  • Functional requirements of perimeter barrier firestop systems and cavity barriers
  • Fire resistance testing for curtain walling and perimeter barriers and a transatlantic comparison of testing approach, criteria and experiences
  • The criticality of workmanship quality and the need for installation inspection & reporting
Mayank Sharma, Technical Specification Manager, Siderise Insulation

14.40 - 15.00

Precise + Surface Treated Aluminium Extrusion Profiles

  • How achieving tight tolerance in extrusion by applying strict operation condition including billet quality, temperature, die temperature, exit temperature, cooling, etc… help in the precion of the profile
  • Different types surface finishing for aluminium profiles including powder coating, PVDF, anodizing & wood finish
  • Specification standards of Qualicoat & Qualinod for anodizing and powder coating
Yousef Al Yacoub, General Manager, Qatar Aluminium Extrusion Co (QALEX)

15.00 - 15.20

Powder Coating Solutions for Façades

  • Global irradiation on the planet
  • Classification of powder coating by climate
  • Digital approaches for façade
Efkan Keles, Architectural Marketing Manager, Pulver Powder Coatings

15.20 - 16.05

PANEL DISCUSSION : Façade Value Engineering: Managing the Process and Limiting the Risk

  • Integrating the right assessment models for getting the most value out of façades
  • Value engineering versus value extortion: Is it cost reduction for diminished value?
  • Continuing the process improvisations for best practices
  • Value engineering for bespoke façade procurement to suit local Qatari requirements


Thomas Fruhmann, Director Pre-Construction Services, Schüco Middle East


Christopher Tiltman, Senior Architect, White Young Qatar John Douglas, Pre-Construction Director, Alutec Siddharth Aldangady, Chief Architect, HBK Contracting Company Bassem Mardini, Senior Manager - Architecture, Qatari Diar

16.05 - 16.10

Vote of Thanks & End of the Conference

16.10 - 16.30

Networking & End of the Event

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