103rd Edition – Zak World of Façades United Kingdom

This will be the 103rd edition globally and the 7th edition in UK which will showcase sustainable innovations and challenges in the construction industry pertaining to the building envelope and will also display latest technological solutions.

Speakers and Panelists
Senior Architect, AHMM
Laura is an architect with extensive experience delivering high profile projects in both UK and Europe. Since joining AHMM in 2014, she has worked on a range of residential and commercial projects, leading the design up to construction. She is...
Regional Director UK and Senior Façade Engineer, Maffeis Engineering
Giovanni is the Regional Director UK and Senior Façade Engineer at Maffeis Engineering. He is responsible for the London office and UK market, overseeing UK projects and Business Development. He has several years of experience in the engineering design, management,...
International Buliding Project Manager - UK & I, AGC Glass Europe
Stephen has worked within the glass industry since 2011, engaging with key stakeholders including glass processors, specialist sub-contractors, architects and engineers. Working at AGC Glass Europe, a world-leading glass manufacturer, he believes that glass continues to play a fundamental role...
Senior Façade Engineer, Lendlease
Andrew Morris is a senior façade engineer at Lendlease and works across a range of projects and sectors, including commercial and residential buildings, both for Lendlease and their external clients. Andrew has an MSc in façade engineering from the University...
Pre-Construction Services Director, Schüco International
Andreas is a director for Pre-Construction Services at Schüco International KG in London, where he brings his expertise in architectural design and engineering, to bridge the gap in design intent, buildability, and cost control in the early stages of projects...
Project Director, Mace
Daniel Anglin has led design functions for over 20 years working for tier one main contractors and for the last nine years with Mace. His current role is design director and strategic digital engineering lead within our mace tech business...
Chief Technical Officer, Siderise Group
Tony Ryan, recently appointed Chief Technical Officer at Siderise Group is an established technical leader in the construction industry and passive fire protection field. Tony heads a global team of Technical experts who provide detailed passive fire specification guidance and...
Senior Passivhaus Consultant, Henriksen Studio
Megan is an Architect and certified Passivhaus Designer with over 10 years experience working on large, high-rise and complex multi-use projects in infrastructure and commercial. She has worked extensively within Contractor and Client teams focusing on stakeholder engagement and assurance...
Head of Development, Urbanest
Angus Kearin is the founding Member of Urbanest UK, leading development projects and responsible for creation and evolution of the Urbanest specification. He is also the founding member of Hive Student accommodation, leading development projects and responsible for creation of...
Development Director, Argent
Mark Swinburne is a Development Director at Related Argent and joined the business in April 2013 to work as part of the team responsible for delivering the new European headquarters for Google. Over the past nine years he has led...
Associate Director, AHMM
Since joining AHMM in 2007, Jack has been involved in a variety of projects in both the UK and USA. Jack’s strong visual communication skills combine with his consistent eye for detail to bring clarity to complex ideas. He was...
Development Manager, Argent
Dr. Kemi Ayodele is a senior leader within the built environment sector with over 16 years’ experience of leading diverse and highly motivated teams to deliver exemplary results at every stage of the development lifecycle. She has led delivery of...
Director | London, OFR Consultants
Sam is one of OFR’s founding directors responsible for the delivery of some of the world’s largest projects over the last 15 years. He has grown and managed teams of up to 100 engineers across multiple countries. Sam has gained...
Associate | Façade Consultant, Buro Happold
Teni Ladipo is a chartered senior façade consultant in the façade engineering group at Buro Happold in London, UK. She is experienced in the consulting engineering sector for both new and existing building construction primarily based in the UK but...
Built Environment Lead, Climate Champions Team
Will leads the Built Environment work at the Climate Champions Team, supporting the UN Climate Change High-Level Champions in accelerating real-world momentum towards the goals of the Paris Agreement. Will was instrumental in positioning the Built Environment in the COP28...
Senior Partner and Deputy Head of Studio, Foster + Partners
Jonathan Parr is a joint deputy head of studio, graduating from Newcastle University in 1987 with first-class honours and joined Foster + Partners in 1992. He was based in the Hong Kong office for many years and has worked extensively...
Specification Advisor, OBEX Protection
Dan Norman serves as the lead specification advisor at OBEX, where he acts as a guiding hand for architects, designers, and industry leaders, ensuring compliant façades. His passion for construction is deeply rooted in his past as a tradesperson, giving...
Director, MVRDV
Director and Architect Gideon Maasland (NL) joined MVRDV in 2016. With extensive experience acquired over a 15-year career at several high profile Dutch offices, Maasland leads MVRDV’s Studio 8, which is responsible for large-scale, complex buildings. Renowned for his detailed...
Sales Director, Montanstahl
Mr. Dell’Orto has more than 15 years’ experience in the field of both standard and tailored sections in steel and stainless steel. His expertise ranges from sections with highly technological demanding requirements such as for applications for the nuclear business...
Senior Principal, Populous
Francois is a Senior Principal at Populous and leads Business Development for the Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) region, based in the firm’s London office. François is experienced in all phases and all types of sports architecture including stadium,...
Architect, Populous
Andrea is an Architect at Populous based in the firm’s London Office. Andrea undertook his undergraduate studies in Italy before moving to the UK to complete a master’s degree at the Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL. Before joining Populus, he...
Partner, Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios
Amanda co-leads FCBStudios workplace sector, reviewing future trends and principles of good design. She is a member of the NLA expert panel on Wellbeing and was awarded BCO Next Gen Inspirational Leader in 2019. Amanda leads a number of high-profile...
Associate, Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios
Alina is an Associate at FCBStudios, working principally on residential, commercial workplaces and school projects. Alina has a passion for environmental design of beautiful, considered architecture. She is an accomplished designer and experienced in the delivery of projects on-site. Her...
Principal, Hopkins Architects
Mike worked for Giancarlo De Carlo in Milan before joining Hopkins Architects in 1992 where he has been the creative lead on numerous award winning projects. Mike’s pursuit of architectural refinement, together with his appreciation of geometry and a constant...
Director, Allies & Morrison
Angie is a Director at Allies and Morrison with over twenty years’ experience working on residential developments, hotels, commercial and retail projects, leading teams from feasibility through to construction. She is currently Design Lead on several housing and regeneration schemes...
Founding Partner, Fletcher Priest Architects
Keith Priest is a Partner at Fletcher Priest Architects our work covers Urban Design, Architecture, Interiors and Research. (www.fletcherpriest.com) Keith is based in our London studio. Fletcher Priest projects relevant to the presentation include Piccadilly Circus, Brunel Building, Buckingham Green,...
Head of Façades, AECOM
Zara is the Façade team leader for AECOM, London and is an elected Board Member on the Society of Façade Engineers. She began her journey in Façade Consultancy over 13 years ago, having originally pursued Architecture. In 2011 she completed...
Director, Interface Façade Engineering
Will is a founder member of interface facade engineering, a dedicated façade engineering practice. Trained as an architect, Will moved into façade engineering after working on the facades of notable UK landmarks (including the Royal Opera House and Waterloo International...
Principal | Europe Practice Leader, SOM
Peter is the practice leader for SOM’s work in Europe and contributes to industry-wide dialogue through his work with the ULI in Europe and as former chair of the RIBA’s Large Practice Expert Group. He enjoys solving complex problems with...
Associate Principal, Grimshaw
Max has led Grimshaw’s Architectural design team for the HS2 Phase 1 Birmingham Curzon Street station since 2018. With WSP, he has taken the project forward to successful completion of scheme design stage and award of planning consent by Birmingham...
Associate Director, ACME London
Mark Broom is an Associate Director at ACME. Over the last 10 years, he has led a wide range of award-winning ACME projects including £135m Copr Bay Phase One – Swansea Bridge, Swansea Arena and the 1.1 acre Copr Bay...
Associate | Project leader, Heatherwick Studio
Since joining Heatherwick Studio in 2014, Kyriakos’ contribution has spanned across the design and delivery stages of the studio’s projects. Kyriakos has been instrumental in the design of Google’s Bay View Headquarters, a 1.1M sq.ft combined office and event space...
Project Manager, Lendlease
Kate is a Project Manager with Lendlease with over ten years experience in both Australia and the UK, currently based in London. Kate has a degree in Civil Engineering and was the Project Lead on International Quarter London (IQL) Pavilion...
Associate - Façade Engineering, WSP
David is the Façade Engineering lead at WSP for HS2 Curzon Street station. He has been working closely with Grimshaw Architects and other disciplines since 2018 to develop the building envelope and other façade related items for the project. His...
Associate Director, WilkinsonEyre
Ayman is an Associate Director at Wilkinson Eyre, specialising in Environmental Design and jointly leading WilkinsonEyre’s Sustainability Team which has set ambitious standards for incremental improvement across the practice portfolio. Ayman has over fifteen years of experience in architecture covering...
Pre Construction Director - Façades, McLaren
Claire is fifteen years into her career in the construction industry, starting as a quantity surveyor, she has spent the last half of her career working in a pre-construction role focused on the design and procurement of major projects in...
Associate Director - Façades, Arup
Jonathan Wilson, an Associate Director at Arup, has extensive knowledge and experience of façade design and materials gained over many years of successful work on high end projects and mixed use developments. He is respected for his commercial and technical...
Group Managing Director, SE Controls
Will Perkins is the Group Managing Director of smoke and natural ventilation specialists SE Controls. The Group which operates in the UK, Europe, Middle East, Africa, India and Asia has been developing innovative automation solutions with the façade industry for...
Head of Major Projects, Saint-Gobain Glass
As a prominent figure in the London façade community, David brings over 28 years of experience to his role as Director of Major Projects at Saint-Gobain Glass. Having developed his expertise with specialist façade contractors and as a consultant for...
UK Head of Specification, Effisus
Miguel Silva has a relevant past experience of more than 20 years in the construction industry covering a wide range of façade systems in the weatherproofing thematic as well as special refurbishment, recladding and remedial works. With over 100 major...
Associate Director | Façade Engineering, Meinhardt Façade Technology
Aibi Osunde-Ogbebor is an Associate at Meinhardt UK, London office. With a background in Architecture, she completed a Masters in Façade Engineering at the University ofBath in 2007. She has since spent the last 13 years working in Façade Engineering...
Director Pre-Construction Services, Schüco International
Stephen Tanno graduated from The University of Southampton in 1987 and worked as a Consulting Engineer for the next 16 years, including 5 years with Ove Arup in Sydney and 8 years as Group Director with Buro Happold, where he...
Senior Design Manager, Tech Company in Cupertino
Adrian works at the Design and Innovation team of a known technology company in Cupertino, CA, where he oversees the design and innovation of their recognized storefronts worldwide. He also develops new materials and systems, with a stronger focus on...
Head of Façades, Skanska UK
Saverio is Head of Façades at Skanska U.K., a leading construction company and developer. He provides building envelope technical leadership while overseeing and coordinating the façade package management on all projects. As an experienced cladding specialist, Saverio manages all façade-related...
Director, Henriksen Studio
Thomas has a high level of experience in structural and facade engineering across a wide range of buildings and infrastructure projects. Previous roles include Global Facade Leader at Mott MacDonald Ltd, Technical Director at Waagner-Biro Stahlbau AG, Technical Director at...
Director, FMDC
Duncan Richards is a founding Director of FMDC, after working for Arup for 25 years, leaving as Leader of their Façade Engineering group.  He has extensive experience in many sectors, such as commercial, residential, arts, transport, retail and public buildings. ...
High Performance Product Manager - Northern Europe, Kuraray
Allan Gibson is based in Oxford and for the past 18 years, Allan has managed the supply and specification of specialist materials used in the construction industry in the UK and Middle East. Now responsible for the Trosifol PVB and...
Head of Building Performance Engineering, WindowMaster International
Jannick Roth is the Head of Building Performance Engineering at WindowMaster International with a 10+ years of experience. Jannick Roth has a Master’s Degree in Civil Engineering from the Technical University of Denmark (DTU) specializing in indoor climate, optimal ventilation...
Director, Centre for Window and Cladding Technology
David Metcalfe is a physics graduate with a Master’s degree in Façade Engineering. As Director of CWCT he is responsible for all of the Centre’s technical and training output. He lectures extensively on the subject of building physics, glass and...
Partner, Buro Happold
After completing a degree in Architectural Engineering Anna joined the Façade Engineering team at BuroHappold in 2007. Anna is a Partner and Global Discipline Director of Façade Engineering at Buro Happold and a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Building...
Director of Façade Engineering, Eckersley O’Callaghan
Damian established Eckersley O’Callaghan’s facade engineering group in 2012 and today leads a team of 30 engineers in London while supporting offices in the US, Hong Kong and Sydney. EOC has built a reputation for design and innovation across structures...
Design Principal, KPF
John Bushell, as Design Principal at Kohn Pedersen Fox, has achieved critical acclaim for his innovative and distinctive commercial and mixed-use buildings around the world. Drawing on KPF’s global expertise, John has incorporated the tenets of mixed-use design into high-profile...
Global Head - Façade Supply Chain, Lendlease
John Downes is the Global Head of Facades for Lendlease . He has 30 + years’ experience in the façade, construction and real estate development industry. John holds an MSc Façade Engineering from the University of Bath and is a...
Principal - Façade Engineering, Thornton Tomasetti
Kenneth Zammit, is a director in Thornton Tomasetti’s Façade Engineering practice responsible for accelerating the team’s growth in the U.K. and the European region. He leads the innovation drive for the façade engineering team globally and is part of the...
Conference Agenda
  • Embracing the tenets of circular design, through the creative reuse of the original Portland stone façade
  • Reducing operational carbon with a high-performance envelope
  • Transforming the workplace by increasing access to daylight and the introduction of mixed-mode ventilation
  • Transforming materials into delightful outcomes
  • The role of forming partnerships to develop innovation
  • Quality as a key element of the design
  • Porocity
  • Valley
  • Crystal Houses
  • Maximising development area by form finding collaborative approach at the earliest stage of the project and arranging the massing around lean component building blocks to develop conceptually efficient form
  • With the early focus of carbon reduction, a ‘total architecture’ approach with the use of innovative software and façade technology, a smart active façade making it UK’s tallest BREEAM Outstand building with façade playing key part
  • Utilising a lean façade system that adapts to the solar conditions, overshadowing from current and future buildings, limiting solar gains to high performance LETI requirements and maximise daylighting and views out of the building ensuring occupant comfort and wellness
  • The lean design, with a mission statement of ‘less is more’ in terms of material within the façade was only possible with the selection of an optimised smart active system
  • The importance of reducing embodied carbon
  • Development of a design tool for embodied carbon analysis for facades
  • Case studies to show how early analysis can assist in embodied carbon reduction decision making
  • Sustainability as a parameter for selecting the right solution incl. energy, embodied carbon, economic etc.
  • Smart and intelligent vent control allowing for flexible and robust building design
  • Case studies showing how smart control and intelligent window automation fits into the sustainable agenda
  • What were the key decisions and milestones in the realisation for the vision of the regeneration of Kings Cross?
  • What was the development brief for individual buildings with key aspirations, drivers and expectations?
  • Insight on the architectural response to the brief and how has it been successful
  • How construction industry expectations and aspirations are changing fast and would the brief and response be different if these buildings were conceived in 2022?

Duncan Richards

  • System revolution - Chareau's Maison de Verre
  • New possibilities - SOM's Lever House
  • What next? - SOM's JTI, Sustainable Hybrid Timber Office Building, and the future
  • Designing the optimum environment to invent ideas: under the lightweight canopies, two levels of flexible workspace, amenities and courtyards benefit from optimal daylighting that arrives in the heart of the building through clerestory windows
  • Draped between columns, the tent-like roof shape has been optimised for structural performance, daylight penetration and rainwater harvesting
  • The first-of-its kind dragonscale solar skin: clad with 50,000 seamlessly integrated solar panels, specifically designed for the project, the roof has the capacity to generate 40% of the building’s annual energy needs, positioning the scheme for LEED v4 Platinum certification
  • Challenges to overcome
  • Material selection
  • Robust details and fixing
  • How the landmark Building Safety Act received Royal Assent and became law in England earlier this year and what this means for product specifications and how this affects occupant safety
  • Digitalisation of fire safety products – clients’ needs, the Golden Thread and BS8644
  • Product performance validation, competence and live compliance; how technology can provide improve safety and reduce operating costs
  • Breather & AVCL membranes & systems
  • Overview on solutions fully tested and approved, since 2011 covering 100% of UK façade applications
  • The importance of weatherproofing design with case studies
  • A project discussion on the Palmerston Court Passivhaus project in Battersea, London. The diverse panel will present their different perspectives and experiences across the project covering the Client, Contractor, Façade Engineer, Architect and Passivhaus Consultant roles. The panel will discuss the challenges, innovations and successes of the project and how each approached achieving Passivhaus on a large, complex multi-use building.

Thomas Henriksen

  • Looking at the role of the façade in the evolution of architecture through the ages
  • Observing the impact of new technologies and how these have generated new types of building envelope
  • Picking out trends and anticipating where the next steps in this journey will take us
  • What it takes to make a great building
  • Sustainable design based on a circular economy and how the design for the renovation of La Meinau Stadium reuses 4000sqm of upcycled aeroplane fuselages sections from decommissioned aircraft to bring comfort into a brand-new hospitality area
  • Adaptable modular connections and how the design team have linked together geometrically inconsistent elements into an integrated, engineered system
  • The challenge of making an upcycling process economically affordable while rethinking the typical envelope construction workflow, standardisation, logistics and optimisations
  • Sharp corner profiles
  • Sharp corner profiles
  • Hot extruded façade profiles
  • Carbon footprint of interlayers for laminated glass
  • Solutions engineered into the façade
  • Embodied carbon reduction is achievable
  • Initial design: Designing for a new city
  • Developed design: Materiality and system design responses
  • Implementation: Realizing a complex cold bent façade at scale and speed
  • Façade types and how their function affects the performance requirements for cavity barriers
  • Evolving regulatory landscape, latest guidance, and increased focus on third party verification
  • How passive fire product manufacturers can help to support a safer built environment
  • Designing low carbon façades to build green infrastructure for the years to come
  • Blending sustainability, aesthetics, and durability while shortlisting the materials for building envelope
  • Taking a holistic approach to achieve zero targets and how big a role façades can play in this
  • Creating a framework of measuring the progress of all the steps taken towards achieving sustainability in our buildings

John Downes

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