22nd Sep 2020, Conrad, Dubai [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 91st global edition and the 6th edition in UAE which will showcase sustainable innovations and challenges in the construction industry pertaining to the building envelope and will also display latest technological solutions.

For registration visit www.facades.ae

Speakers and Panelists

Conference Agenda

90th Edition - Zak World of Façades Middle East, 22nd Sep 2020, Conrad, Dubai [POSTPONED]

Session - 1(09.30 - 10.35)

08.00 - 08.50

Delegate Registration

Event Convenor

08.50 - 08.55

Welcome Address

08.55 - 09.00

Influence of Urbanization on the Construction Industry in the Future

Ammar Alul, Managing Director, Schüco Middle East

09.00 - 09.25

Life after Expo

  • Innovations that made an impact
  • Trends in sustainability, reusability, building performance
  • Future disruptors in the industry
Belarmino Cordero, Technical Director - Head of Façade Engineering, AESG

09.25 - 09.50

Beauty Should Be More Than Skin Deep: Ciel, the Tallest Hotel Tower in the World

  • How the concept for this tower is a result of design Integration and the symbiotic relationship between form, structure and façade
  • Parametrically modeled for optimization, the façade of this tower responds to changes in geometry
  • Sculpted in glass, the shaping of this tower is based on wind tunnel and computational fluid dynamic modeling
Yahya Jan, President and Design Director, Norr

09.50 - 10.10

Dynamic Glass as an IoT Building Element

  • Contributing to the connectivity of a building with dynamic glass
  • Increasing the occupant’s comfort and well-being
  • Case studies: Dynamic façades in the UAE
Alain Garnier, Manager Sales & Business Development - Middle East, Saint-Gobain SageGlass

10.10 - 10.55

Networking Tea / Coffee Break

Session - 2(11.00 - 13.00)

10.55 - 11.15

Cultural Expressions

  • The impression of the envelope
  • The substance of the façade
  • A narrative of context culture and content
Mark Powell Kyffin, Architecture Head, Department of Culture and Tourism Abu Dhabi

11.15 - 11.35

Remarkable Building Identity: How Ready Are We?

  • Challenges of the changing world
  • Back to the future: Reviewing existing & new technologies
  • Major design considerations for sustainable building envelopes
Nikolay Kolomiychenko, Business Development Manager, AGC Middle East & Africa

11.35 - 11.55

The Real Issues in Construction - A Façade Engineer's View

  • New local, regional and worldwide trends in construction consulting methodology
  • Changing demands for facade consultancy businesses locally, regionally and worldwide
  • Predicting the future of construction, the utter importance of sustainable approach
Agnes Koltay, CEO, Koltay Façades

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
Alastair Common, Technical Director, Schüco Middle East

12.15 - 12.45

Sustainable and Adaptable Façade Design for Healthy Environments

  • How can we answer the need for comfort and well-being in the skin of buildings
  • How do we control the rationality of providing that well-being
  • Are we able to transform the city’s existing envelopes and make them more sustainable?
Frans van Vuure, Director, UNStudio

12.45 - 13.40

Networking Lunch Break

Session - 3(13.50 - 15.40)

13.40 - 14.00

Why Do They Wear That?

  • Façade through history
  • The relationship between the building Façade, the urban fabric & the society
  • The future of façade & beyond
Joe Tabet, Managing Director, JT + Partners

14.00 - 14.20

Future Proofing Façades

  • Learning from the past
  • Climate changes
  • Designing for the future
Michelle Bacellar, Technical Director, Meinhardt Façade Technology

14.20 - 14.40

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
Markus Plettau, Marketing Manager - EMEA, Dow Performance Silicones

14.40 - 15.00

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
  • The façade design of the new DEWA Headquarter Dubai
Micha Pawelka, Managing Director, Priedemann Façade Experts

15.00 - 15.20

Fire Safety in Façades with A2 Class Fire Rated Weatherproofing Membranes

  • What are A2 class fire rated weatherproofing membranes?
  • Bespoke solutions for façade weatherproofing
Paulo Carvalho, Commercial & Corporate Relations Director, Effisus

15.20 - 15.40

Key Materials for High Performance Architectural Coatings

  • Not only ultra weatherable but also eco-friendly and sustainable coatings
  • Not only sustainable but also broad design options for beautiful architecture
  • Increasing examples of global projects
Ben Runhaar, Product & Marketing Manager, AGC Chemicals Europe

15.40 - 16.00

Networking Tea/Coffee Break

Session - 4(16.00 - 17.45)

16.00 - 16.20

Human-Centric Façade Engineering – Focus on Building Occupants

  • Sick building syndrome and the influence of modern façades
  • Human centric optimized façades seen from a historical perspective
  • Design options for thermal comfort and occupants wellbeing
  • Optimized spectral transmittance and colour temperature of low-emissivity coated glass façades
Benjamin Beer, Head of Façades, Ramboll Middle East

16.20 - 16.40

Size Matters

  • Creating that first impression
  • Building a 7m tall revolving door
  • Case study on the Museum of the Future in Dubai, the region's largest all glass revolving doors
Paul Haslam, Partner, Bauporte Group

16.30 - 17.15

Panel Discussion: Merging Sustainability Goals with Cost Efficiency for the Architectural Future

  • Making sustainable façade design and construction viable
  • Circular economy: Smart façades through responsible consumption, production and recycling
  • How stringent are the ways paved for creating environmentally friendly infrastructure
  • Greener buildings for enhanced well-being and healthier environments inside and outside


Benjamin Beer, Head of Façades, Ramboll Middle East


Yoshiyuki Uchiyama, Design Director, Nikken Sekkei Mercedes Gargallo, Associate - Façade Engineering, Arup Gonzalo A. Seminario, Design Manager, Abu Dhabi Future Energy Company (Masdar City) Kourosh Salehi, Design Director, LWK + PARTNERS Farah Naz, Sustainability Team Leader, BuroHappold Engineering Matthew Engele, Principal, Woods Bagot

17.25 - 17.30

Vote of Thanks & End of the Conference

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