26th Apr 2019, ITC Maratha, Mumbai

About the Event


Zak World of Façades is an International conference series on façade design & engineering having attracted over 18,000 delegates across its 54 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 (Hong Kong, 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 60th global edition and 7th edition in Mumbai. 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

60th Edition - Zak World of Façades India, 26th Apr 2019, ITC Maratha, Mumbai

Session - 1(09.30 - 10.35)

08.10 - 09.15

Delegate Registration

Event Convenor

Rajeev Antony, Managing Director, Schüco India

09.15 - 09.20

Welcome Address


09.20 - 09.45

Façade as an Interface of Public Realm

  • Innovation & client identity
  • Socio-Economic context
  • Environmental impact
Ashish Lahoti, Associate, Nikken Sekkei

09.45 - 10 .10

Empirical Approach for Parametric vs Manual Complex Geometry

  • Rationalizing geometry
  • Computer aid vs manual complex geometry
  • Simplifying fabrication and installation
  • Case study on the TCS Tower in Siruseri, Chennai featuring a complicated 17m cantilever with 5 different geometry and tested for 9Kpa wind load
Mahesh Arumugam, Regional Director - South Asia, Meinhardt Façade Technology

10.10 - 10.30

Powder Coating Technologies Supporting Façade Design

  • How new technologies can support façade design
  • Powder coating and sustainability
  • Digital support tools for designers and specifiers
Jean-Paul Moonen, Global Segment Manager - Architecture, Akzonobel

10.30 - 10.50

High Performance, Lightweight, Long Span Building Envelopes with ETFE

  • An introduction to projects, details, technology & advantages for ETFE façades & roofs
  • Fire, thermal, light and wind load performance with ETFE
  • Case study on the ETFE and steel structure at Project Jewel, Changi Airport in Singapore
Matthew Penrose, Vice President, Vector Foiltec

10.50 - 11.10


Session - 2(11.00 - 13.00)

11.10 - 11.30

State of Building Construction Tolerances - Spoiler of Façade Works

  • Reality of current state and impact on façades
  • Is anyone checking construction tolerances?
  • Message to stakeholders on how to manage and improve
Rajan Govind, Director, BES Consultants

11.30 - 11.50

The Worlds of Reality & Fantasy – How Finished Buildings Measure-up Against Expectation

  • Short fall of the final product vis-à-vis the initial design and how to avoid it
  • Avoiding over design to meet time lines
  • Case studies with controlled designs and construction process to achieve exemplary results
Stephen Tanno, Director - Pre Construction, Schüco International

11.50 - 12.15

Pragmatic Formalism

  • Form-making: Our process for shaping buildings and developing their 'identity'
  • Designing 'inside out vs outside in'
  • Dialogue vs single vision
Jonas Upton-Hansen, Managing Director, UHA London

12.15 - 13.00

PANEL DISCUSSION : Challenges in Designing High-Rise Buildings with Glazed Curtain Wall

  • How do we incorporate balconies and operable windows for ventilation and that comply with the building codes?
  • Is operable sliding window in glazed curtain wall a viable option? What are the other options?
  • Pros and cons of using high performance glass in a residential high rise without central air conditioning system?
  • How do you control security and privacy in such buildings?


KR Suresh, Regional Director, Axis Façades


Ananya Gandotra, Head - Design, Birla Estate Rahul Kulkarni, Director, HOK India Anuja Sawant, Principal, SSA Architects Saurabh Chatterjee, Director, Skyline Architects Hitesha Thakur, VP - Estimation, Glass Wall Systems

13.00 - 13.50

Networking Lunch Break

Session - 3(13.50 - 15.40)

13.50 - 14.20

Form Follows Function Follows Form

  • Case study on the the design of Akshay Urja Bhawan, New Delhi (HQ of The Ministry of Renewable Energy) - An attempt to go beyond net zero & create an energy positive building
  • Case study on the design of the HQ for Montecarlo, Ahmedabad - Featuring an interesting & complicated façade with various innovations
Ravi Sarangan, Director, Edifice Consultants

14.20 - 14.40

Cladding High-Rise Buildings, a High Pressure Laminate (HPL) Perspective

  • Benefits of cladding a high-rise
  • How to design cladding for high-rise
  • Case studies
Prameena Karunairaj, Business Development Manager - Sun Shading Façade, FunderMax India

14.40 - 15.00


  • Propagation of fire on façade
  • Codes around the world
  • Testing facilities
Devesh Kumar, Technical Head, Aludecor

15.00 - 15.20

Possibilities with Silicone for High Performance Buildings

  • A journey through high performance in modern façade designs
  • Service for management of project timing and quality
  • Latest innovations in the high performance segment
Jean-Paul Hautekeer, Global Strategic Market Director - High Performance Building, Dow Consumer Solutions

15.20 - 15.40

What’s Inside Laminated Glass

  • Safety & beyond: Enhancing functionality with right interlayer selection
  • Acoustic & strucural interlayers
  • Case study on the usage of acoustic interlayer
Dr. Bernd Koll, Technical Marketing Manager, Kuraray Europe

15.40 - 16.00

New Materials in Façades

  • New cladding materials in the market
  • Designing and executing building Crowns & Atriums
  • Examples with case studies on the Wipro Campus, Gulita, Indiabulls Blu and more
Kamlesh Choudhari, Director, Glass Wall Systems

16.00 - 16.20

Networking Tea/Coffee Break

Session - 4(16.00 - 17.45)

16.20 - 16.40

Wind Engineering for Façade Pressures in High-Rise Towers

  • Wind effects on façades and the structure
  • Challenges with unconventional buildings
  • Wind tunnel testing processes and best practices
Bhami Ilyas, Regional Business Manager, CPP Wind Engineering & Air Quality Consultants

16.40 - 17.00

Build with Light

  • GGL go to solution provider
  • Evolution of glass façades for better occupant comfort
  • Innovations in glass
Sourabh Kankar, Regional Manager, Gujarat Guardian

17.00 - 17.45

PANEL DISCUSSION : Early Façade Contractor Involvement (EFCI)

  • EFCI, its awareness and benefits in the construction industry in India
  • Pros and cons of traditional methods vis-a-vis EFCI
  • Risk assessment, money saving, maximum collaboration and timely delievery of projects with EFCI
  • Can India move towards the design & build model of working?


Stephen Tanno, Director - Pre Construction, Schüco International


Sudipta Ray, Sr. Vice President - Projects, K Raheja Corp Sandip De, General Manager - Design & Build, Shapoorji Pallonji Kirtisagar Bollar, Associate Architect, Architect Hafeez Contractor Sushant Shah Deo, VP & Head - Special Initiatives, Larsen & Toubro Aditya Thota Srinivas, Head - Sales, FunderMax India Siddharth Shirur, Co Founder & Partner, Vistaar Architects & PlannersCapt. Edwin Saldanha, Managing Director, Doors & Doors System

17.45 - 17.50

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