85th Edition – Zak World of Façades UAE

This will be the 85th edition globally and the 7th 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.

Speakers and Panelists
Associate - Fire Engineering, Arup
Damien works with Arup in Dubai where he leads their fire team in the Middle East. He is a Chartered Fire Engineer with over 16 years’ experience and is a Professional Member of the Society of Fire Protection Engineers (SFPE)....
Project Manager, Lanaro
Marco Bellomi is an experienced and highly skilled engineer with more than seven years of experience in construction and project management, with a focus on Expo, starting in Milan 2015. Marco’s expertise and knowledge result in his world-class and multi-awarded...
Director, i-Mesh Textile Architecture
Alberto has a background in education and training as technical Engineer of Yacht and Boat Design. He has spent thirty years in yachting as a multifaceted career made of software, machine tools, design objects, sailing boats, textiles and various materials...
Program Director - Expo 2020 Programme Management Consultant, Jacobs
Jason is a Programme/Project management and construction delivery professional with extensive and diverse experience covering complex mega-programmes over the full project life cycle. Jason has been involved in the delivery of the Olympic Park for London 2012, World Cup 2022...
Director - Architecture & Project Management, Werner Sobek Stuttgart
Marc offers more than 20 years international working experience in the EMEA region for com-plex large scale projects on a fast track delivery stream. While utilizing his ability to foresee complex design correlations at a projects inception stage he promotes...
Associate Principal, Skidmore, Owings & Merill (SOM)
Brian is a licensed architect who has spent the last 17 years with SOM working in New York City, India, Bahrain and the UAE. Over the last decade he has played an integral role in ensuring SOM’s success in projects...
Founder & Principal, Naga Architects & Chairman, DHB Group
Prof. Shams Naga is an academic, an entrepreneur and an avid investor in real estate. Prof. Naga earned three Masters degrees in the fields of architecture, design and planning from Alexandria University, Rutgers University and University of Pennsylvania. He then...
Specifications Manager - EMEA, Axalta Coating Systems
Mercè Berengueras joined Axalta in 1998 and with wide experience in technical, productive and commercial areas around the powder business. Since 2015 she is leading the European & middle east specifications team and has a very close link to Architects...
Head of Concept Design, Lacasa
Ihab Nayal is a graduate from the renowned Rhode Island School of Design, and has over 26 years of professional experience in architectural design ranging from mixed use, commercial, hospitality, and residential design. Having joined Lacasa in 2006, Ihab started...
Chief Design Officer, Dewan Architects & Engineers
Mohammed Adib serves as the Chief Design Officer at Dewan Architects + Engineers, having joined the firm in 2018. He holds a degree in architectural studies from the AA School of Architecture in London and pursued interior architecture studies at...
International Account Manager, A. Proctor Group
Jeff Dibdin joined the A. Proctor Group in 2010. Jeff has many years of experience in the construction industry, focusing on modular construction, product development and innovation. By advocating a systems-based approach to airtightness the Proctor Group have simplified the...
Senior International Project Manager, D+H Mechatronic
Frederik Kiehn is the Head of Sales Middle East & Senior International Project Manager at the D+H Mechatronic AG. He holds a university degree in business administration and has a wide technical and mechanical background. Joining D+H in 2013, Frederik...
Regional Director - Middle East & India, Cosentino
A Mechanical Engineer by vocation with over two decades of experience, Eddy started his career in Lebanon heading commercial roles for manufacturers in the Power generation and HVAC sectors. 2006 saw a change of base to the UAE to handle...
Senior Manager, Vitro Architectural Glass
Khaled Raslan joined Vitro Architectural Glass as the Senior Manager for GCC region back in September 2018. Raslan carries an MBA, and with more than 28 years’ experience in the region, he has extensive experience in the commercial construction, automotive...
Sales Consultant - Middle East and South Africa, Kuraray
Jan Scheers is a Belgium born glass professional working as a consultant for Kuraray GmbH. He was born in Belgium (°1964) and started working for the US chemical giant DuPont after finishing his Bachelor in Marketing. He worked for 14...
Director Pre-Construction Services, Schueco Middle East
Thomas Fruhmann is a senior Façade/Building Skin Specialist with a top-level experience in curtain wall construction industry. He has acquired a diversified experience in design, production, project coordination, project management, contracts management, risk management, and tender/sales management, and developed a...
Chief Operating Officer, Priedemann Façade Experts
Micha Pawelka, who has an academic qualification in Wholesale Management and Foreign Trade, gained over 20 years of experience in the Glass and Facade Industry in Europe. He was a Sales Director in the Schollglas Group in Germany before relocating...
CEO, Koltay Façades
Agnes Koltay has a Masters degree in Architecture (Hungary, USA) and in Façade Engineering (UK) and worked with award winning architects and multidisciplinary engineering companies before founding Koltay Façades, a boutique façade engineering consultancy firm, in 2011. She is the...
Managing Director, Werner Sobek Dubai
Benjamin has been working as a façade professional for 20 years with projects around the world and long-term positions in Stuttgart, London, New York and Dubai. After building up and heading the Dubai office of Werner Sobek in the position...
Managing Director, Schüco Middle East
Ammar Alul is the Managing Director of Schüco Middle East which is the regional headquarters of Schüco International KG that’s responsible for eleven countries across the Region.  He has been in the Middle East since 1996 and has held several...
Director of Design, Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture
AS+GG Design Director, Alejandro Stochetti AIA, is building an impressive body of international work in all scales and typologies. He embraces the challenges of highly prominent projects with global exposure as well as of smaller, cost-conscious projects, with their own...
International Business Development Head, Priedemann Façade Experts
Bruce Nicol, responsible for international business development at Priedemann Facade Experts, is an accomplished architect with over 30 years of experience in the glass and façade design industry. With a diploma from the Mackintosh School of Architecture, Bruce’s path had...
Design Director, AE7
As a design principal and practice leader for mixed-use developments, master planning and hospitality projects, John delivers intensity and passion for the creative process. His ability to harness innovative and strategic thinking with the architectural design process transforms the built...
General Manager - MEA, Serge Ferrari
Sanjoe Rodrigues is the General Manager of Serge Ferrari ME. He’s a civil Engineer by profession and has been associated with the field of tensile membrane architecture for over 15 years. He has been in the building industry since 2000...
Conference Agenda
  • History
  • Interface Architect - Façade Designer
  • 2D / 3D / BIM & workflow
  • Value & risk management
  • Class ‘A’ fire rated vapour barriers
  • Airtight, breathable tapes
  • Simplified airtightness in façades
  • Precast vs. Prefab
  • Façades make cities
  • Solving the podium
  • Efficient thermal comfort & solar protection
  • Visual comfort & glare control
  • Dynamic façades with day/night effect with graphic customization
  • Non-combustible façade in new constructions or renovations
  • Connectivity XYZ
  • Creating spaces for innovators
  • Expressing innovation in the skin
  • New and common ways of design enhanced safety solutions
  • Using the façade for smoke and heat exhaust ventilation & natural ventilation systems
  • Advanced maintenance and service solutions
  • Fire safety challenges associated with the trends in sustainable façade systems
  • Current knowledge around the fire safety performance of photovoltaic panels and green façades
  • Fire testing and other considerations
  • Parametric yet system! Contradiction?
  • Design freedom without boundaries
  • ‘Wrap me around your building’
  • Good façade design impact on USP
  • Good façade design impact on ROI
  • Recap of part 1 on how the idea of Dubai's newest tourist sensation was developed in collaboration with the developer, façade engineer and architect
  • Engineering challenges of designing giant glass pieces outside of a skyscraper for thrill seekers
  • Implementation, logistical challenges and installation by doing the unprecedented
  • Lessons learnt and way forward
  • Overview on safety and security glazing
  • Acoustic guidelines for effective noise reduction with laminated safety glass
  • History of ventilated façades
  • Overview on stone façades
  • Introduction to Dekton
  • Iconic regional and global projects case studies
  • Firmness: How it works
  • Commodity: Premium performance and sustainability
  • Delight: Enhancing well-being and comfort
  • Introduction to powder coatings
  • Technologies and product range
  • References & case studies
  • Addressing environmental, social and economic requirements
  • Transformation (Use/Geometry/Performance/Aesthetics)
  • Designing for disassembly
  • Reuse of façade materials
  • Façade design as response to site
  • New technologies in media façades
  • Processes in façade generation
  • What is an optical distortion?
  • What causes the reflective image distortion in IGU units?
  • How to lessen the degree of glass optical distortion?
  • Designing thematic concourse shade structure for the Expo 2020 public realm to adapt to the harsh climatical conditions
  • Using of the advances in filament placement technology to mitigate the effects of urban heating
  • Providing shade while ensuring air circulation in order to improve the microclimate by reducing the ambient air temperature by 5K
  • Reducing CO² emissions in connection to embedded grey energy and satisfying the requirements of albedo control
  • Integrating material systems, manufacturing systems and planning methods while designing and engineering
  • Design and development of a “non-tensioned”, traverse free, operable textile canopy system creating a lightweight structure without sacrificing strength

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