27th Jun 2019, Trademark Hotel, Nairobi

About the Event


Zak World of Façades is an International conference series on façade design & engineering having attracted over 21,144 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 & Greater 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 63rd edition globally and the 3rd edition in the African region. It will witness 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.africa

Speakers and Panelists

Conference Agenda

63rd Edition - Zak World of Façades East Africa, 27th Jun 2019, Trademark Hotel, Nairobi

Session - 1(09.30 - 10.35)

08.30 - 09.20

Delegate Registration

Event Convenor

09.20 - 09.25

Welcome Address


09.25 - 09.30

Pre-Construction Services and its Benefits in Supporting the African Architectural Community

Andreas Brockschmidt, Sales Director - Africa, Schüco International

09.30 - 10.00

Reflection of Possibility: Façades Fascinations in Africa

  • City Façades: Bent coastlines and escaped animals
  • Political Needles: ‘Africa’s Tallest Tower’ over and over and over
  • Pragmatic Façades: What is actually possible
Henning Rasmuss, Director, Paragon Group

10.00 - 10.25

Inspired Façade with Adaptive Technology

  • Inspiration need not be a brand or a latest technology, it can be a age old technology
  • Client’s perspective of a iconic building with respect to the environment
  • Systems and materials which could be considered while designing the façade
  • Involvement of local skilled personnel and benefits of training and awareness
KR Suresh, Regional Director, Axis Façades

10.25 - 10.45

World of Façades

  • Evolution
  • Innovation
  • Challenges
  • Sustainability
Navin Keswani, Chairman & Managing Director, Aluplex

10.45 - 11.15


Session - 2(11.00 - 13.00)

11.15 - 11.35

Façades Follow Regulation - How Regulations Influence Façades

  • Building regulations in Kenya
  • Façades apace with regulations
  • Façades outpacing regulations
Mutua Mutuku, Managing Director, Symbion

13.35 - 11.55

Global Experience and Local Presence

  • Case study on the Al Fattan Crystal Towers, Dubai
  • How the design evolved from stick to unitised curtain wall system
  • Simplifying complex façade geometry
  • Digitalization: Your daily fix!
Alastair Common, Technical Director, Schüco Middle East

11.55 - 12.15

Façade Elements

  • Pre-engineering before installation: Challenges, benefits & case study
  • Windows, doors & curtain walls: Local systems v/s imported systems
  • Price comparisons: Local systems v/s imported systems
Devendra Ladha, Director, Prime Aluminium

12.15 - 12.45

Importance of Façades in Architecture

  • Use of glass in high-rise tower
  • Sustainable/dynamic façades
  • Case study of 96 Legends Square, Colombo, Sri Lanka
Reza Kabul, President, Ark Studio Inc, Mumbai-Pune-San Francisco

12.45 - 13.40

Networking Lunch Break

Session - 3(13.50 - 15.40)

13.40 - 14.00

Façade as Culture and Identity: Conceiving a Performative and Relevant Façade for the Proposed New GoDown Arts Centre in Nairobi

  • Building identity of an evolving industrial neighbourhood
  • Balancing motif and sustainability
  • Symbolism in façade mural
Henry Musangi, Director of Design, Planning Systems

14.00 - 14.20

Quality Lies in the Details: The ACP Case

  • Characteristics of Aluminium
  • Core composition and fire classification
  • Coating systems
Angelos Zografos, Technical Sales Engineer, Elval Colour

14.20 - 14.40

How Glass Adds Value to Fire Safety and Architectural Design

  • Glass use for creating fire safe façade compartment and escape routes
  • The new revolution of digitally printed glass for architecture
Suresh Aiyer, Head - International Sales, FG Glass

14.40 - 15.00

The Building Façade

  • Aesthetics
  • Importance of Environment
  • Structural considerations
Sujesh Patel, Sr. Architect, Triad Architects

15.00 - 15.20

Energy Efficiency of Low-E Glass Products for Buildings

  • Limitation of g-value or SC
  • Total solar IR transmittance
  • Application considerations
Dr. Chengde Huang, Technical Director, China Southern Glass

15.20 - 16.00

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 requirements


Suhel Kachwala, Managing Director, FG Glass


Keshavji Ladha, Managing Director, Prime Aluminium Simon Johnson, Director, DMJ Architects Gregory Chekata, Associate Director, Mace YMR John Mulatya, Sr. Project Manager, Turner & Townsend Emma Miloyo, Partner, Design Source George Arabbu Ndege, Vice Chairperson, Architects Chamber (AAK)

16.00 - 16.10

Vote of Thanks

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Presenting Partner

Associate Partners

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