About The Event

Zak World of Façades is an international conference series on façade design & engineering. The event has attracted over 27,000 delegates across its 80+ completed editions as on date. It is designed as a one day conference and is currently being organised in over 30 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 & 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 edition is the 85th global edition 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 from leading solution providers.

Visit www.zakwof.com for details of the previously executed events.

Who Should Attend

The event is ideal for Architects, Developers, General/Main Contractors, Façade Consultants, Façade Contractors, Sustainability/ESD Consultants, Fire Consultants, Glass Processors, Structural Consultants, Cost Consultants, Quantity Surveyors, PMC’s and related building specifiers.


Insightful Dialogues & Networking

Hear from experts in the domain of façade design, engineering, procuring and execution on their views on constructing high-performance, safe, sustainable and long lasting façades with the latest techniques and tools available. Also, network with other industry peers and leading manufacturers & solution providers to the façade industry.


Key Numbers

85

Edition

30

Speakers and Panelist

4

Sessions

1

Day

Safety Precautions

Our host venue’s parent company Hilton Group has rolled out a global safety and hygiene program called Hilton EventReady with CleanStay which will be in action at the event. Click here to view the factsheet.

We are also incorporating measures in place to ensure a safe environment which include

  • Wearing of masks at all times
  • Maintaining the 2m social distancing guideline
  • Implementation of disinfection protocols in all areas by the Hilton housekeeping team
  • Availability of sanitisers at multiple locations
  • Counters, seats and tables in common areas are disinfected after every use
  • Individual seats are set apart at a distance equal to 2 chairs between each seat
Stay safe. We look forward to welcoming you back to our events.

Speakers

Our speakers and panelists are domain experts and will ensure that the content presented at the event is meaningful with key takeaways to ponder upon.

Agnes Koltay

Agnes Koltay

Director & CEO,
Koltay Façades

Agnes Koltay

Director & CEO, Koltay Façades

Topic: Only in Dubai ...A Glass Slide? (Part 2)

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Alberto Fiorenzi

Alberto Fiorenzi

Director,
i-Mesh Textile Architecture

Alberto Fiorenzi

Director, i-Mesh Textile Architecture

Topic: World's Longest Rectractable Glassfibre Sunshade – Creating Sustainable Outdoor Thermal Comfort for the Expo 2020 Dubai

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Alejandro Stochetti

Alejandro Stochetti

Director of Design, Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture

Alejandro Stochetti

Director of Design, Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture

Topic: Al Wasl Plaza, The Urban Room: A New Typology

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Alicja Kurzajewska

Alicja Kurzajewska

Senior Façade Consultant, AESG

Alicja Kurzajewska

Senior Façade Consultant, AESG

Topic: Adaptive Buildings - Building for Resilience

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Ammar Alul

Ammar Alul

Managing Director,
Schüco Middle East

Ammar Alul

Managing Director, Schüco Middle East

Topic: Intelligence of Façades - The New Schüco IoF System

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Benjamin Beer

Benjamin Beer

Managing Director, Werner Sobek Dubai

Benjamin Beer

Managing Director, Werner Sobek Dubai

Topic: World's Longest Rectractable Glassfibre Sunshade – Creating Sustainable Outdoor Thermal Comfort for the Expo 2020 Dubai

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Brian Kleiver

Brian Kleiver

Associate Principal,
Skidmore, Owings & Merill (SOM)

Brian Kleiver

Associate Principal, Skidmore, Owings & Merill (SOM)

Topic: Event Host & Convener

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Bruce Nicol

Bruce Nicol

Head of Design,
Eyrise

Bruce Nicol

Head of Design, Eyrise

Topic: Firmness, Commodity, Delight: The Rationale Behind Dynamic Glass in Architecture

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Damien Flynn

Damien Flynn

Associate - Fire Engineering,
Arup

Damien Flynn

Associate - Fire Engineering, Arup

Topic: Building Envelopes - Fire Safety and Sustainability

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Eddy Abou Khalil

Eddy Abou Khalil

Regional Director - MEI,
Cosentino

Eddy Abou Khalil

Regional Director - MEI, Cosentino

Topic: Ventilated Façades with Dekton

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Frederik Kiehn

Frederik Kiehn

Senior International Project Manager, D+H Mechatronic

Frederik Kiehn

Senior International Project Manager, D+H Mechatronic

Topic: Making Buildings Breathe

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Ihab Nayal

Ihab Nayal

Head of Concept Design,
Lacasa

Ihab Nayal

Head of Concept Design, Lacasa

Topic: The Innovation Hub

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Jan Scheers

Jan Scheers

Sales and Marketing Manager - Middle East, Kuraray

Jan Scheers

Sales and Marketing Manager - Middle East, Kuraray

Topic: Designing with Laminated Safety Glass Interlayers for Security & Sound Control Applications

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Jason Quick

Jason Quick

Program Director - Expo 2020 Programme Management Consultant, Jacobs

Jason Quick

Program Director - Expo 2020 Programme Management Consultant, Jacobs

Topic: World's Longest Rectractable Glassfibre Sunshade – Creating Sustainable Outdoor Thermal Comfort for the Expo 2020 Dubai

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Jeff Dibdin

Jeff Dibdin

International Account Manager,
A. Proctor Group

Jeff Dibdin

International Account Manager, A. Proctor Group

Topic: Airtight Membrane Solutions for High Rise

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John Kim

John Kim

Design Director,
AE7

John Kim

Design Director, AE7

Topic: Shape and Shadow

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Khaled Raslan

Khaled Raslan

Senior Manager,
Vitro Architectural Glass

Khaled Raslan

Senior Manager, Vitro Architectural Glass

Topic: Taking a “Look” at Glass Distortion

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Marc Gabriel

Marc Gabriel

Director - Architecture & Project Management, Werner Sobek Stuttgart

Marc Gabriel

Director - Architecture & Project Management, Werner Sobek Stuttgart

Topic: World's Longest Rectractable Glassfibre Sunshade – Creating Sustainable Outdoor Thermal Comfort for the Expo 2020 Dubai

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Marco Bellomi

Marco Bellomi

Project Manager,
Lanaro

Marco Bellomi

Project Manager, Lanaro

Topic: World's Longest Rectractable Glassfibre Sunshade – Creating Sustainable Outdoor Thermal Comfort for the Expo 2020 Dubai

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Merce Berengueras

Merce Berengueras

Specifications Leader EMEA,
Axalta

Merce Berengueras

Specifications Leader EMEA, Axalta

Topic: Powder Coatings for the Architectural Market

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Micha Pawelka

Micha Pawelka

Chief Operating Officer,
Priedemann Façade Experts

Micha Pawelka

Chief Operating Officer, Priedemann Façade Experts

Topic: Digital Façade Design - The Change

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Mohamed Adib

Mohamed Adib

Chief Design Officer, Dewan Architects + Engineers & Managing Director, Intercon

Mohamed Adib

Chief Design Officer, Dewan Architects + Engineers & Managing Director, Intercon

Topic: A Tale of Two Façades

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Sanjoe Rodrigues

Sanjoe Rodrigues

General Manager - MEA,
Serge Ferrari

Sanjoe Rodrigues

General Manager - MEA, Serge Ferrari

Topic: Tensile Fabric Façade - Architectural Functions and Benefits

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Shams Naga

Shams Naga

Founder & Principal, Naga Architects & Chairman, DHB Group

Shams Naga

Founder & Principal, Naga Architects & Chairman, DHB Group

Topic: Façades for the Future – Implementation of Intelligent Technologies

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Thomas Fruhmann

Thomas Fruhmann

Director Pre-Construction Services, Schüco Middle East

Thomas Fruhmann

Director Pre-Construction Services, Schüco Middle East

Topic: Grid2Shell

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Schedule

The event agenda is split into multiple sessions separated by networking break-out sessions.

Session 1
(08:50 - 10:30)

08.00 - 08.50
Delegate Registration & Networking
08.50 - 08.55
Welcome Address
08.55 - 09.00
Intelligence of Façades - The New Schüco IoF System

Ammar Alul
Managing Director, Schüco Middle East
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09.00 - 09.25
Digital Façade Design - The Change

History

Interface Architect - Façade Designer

2D / 3D / BIM & workflow

Value & risk management


Micha Pawelka
Chief Operating Officer, Priedemann Façade Experts
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09.25 - 09.40
Airtight Membrane Solutions for High Rise

Class ‘A’ fire rated vapour barriers

Airtight, breathable tapes

Simplified airtightness in façades


Jeff Dibdin
International Account Manager, A. Proctor Group
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09.40 - 10.05
A Tale of Two Façades

Precast vs. Prefab

Façades make cities

Solving the podium


Mohammed Adib
Chief Design Officer, Dewan Architects + Engineers & Managing Director, Intercon
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10.05 - 10.20
Tensile Fabric Façade - Architectural Functions and Benefits

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


Sanjoe Rodrigues
General Manager - MEA, Serge Ferrari
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10.20 - 10.55
Networking Tea / Coffee Break


Session 2
(10.55 - 12.45)

10.55 - 11.15
The Innovation Hub

Connectivity XYZ

Creating spaces for innovators

Expressing innovation in the skin


Ihab Nayal
Head of Concept Design, Lacasa
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11.15 - 11.30
Making Buildings Breathe

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


Frederik Kiehn
Senior International Project Manager, D+H Mechatronic
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11.30 - 11.50
Building Envelopes - Fire Safety and Sustainability

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


Damien Flynn
Associate - Fire Engineering, Arup
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11.50 - 12.15
Grid2Shell

Parametric yet system! Contradiction?

Design freedom without boundaries

‘Wrap me around your building’


Thomas Fruhmann
Director Pre-Construction Services, Schüco Middle East
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12.15 - 12.45
Al Wasl Plaza, The Urban Room: A New Typology

The vision

The making

The experience


Alejandro Stochetti
Director of Design, Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture
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12.45 - 13.40
Networking Lunch Break


Session 3
(13.40 - 15.40)

13.40 - 14.00
Shape and Shadow

Good façade design impact on USP

Good façade design impact on ROI


John Kim
Design Director, AE7
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14.00 - 14.20
Only in Dubai ...A Glass Slide? (Part 2)

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


Agnes Koltay
Director & CEO, Koltay Façades
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14.20 - 14.35
Designing with Laminated Safety Glass Interlayers for Security & Sound Control Applications

Overview on safety and security glazing

Acoustic guidelines for effective noise reduction with laminated safety glass



Jan Scheers
Sales and Marketing Manager - Middle East, Kuraray

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14.35 - 14.50
Ventilated Façades with Dekton

History of ventilated façades

Overview on stone façades

Introduction to Dekton

Iconic regional and global projects case studies


Eddy Abou Khalil
Regional Director - MEI, Cosentino
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14.50 - 15.05
Firmness, Commodity, Delight: The Rationale Behind Dynamic Glass in Architecture

Firmness: How it works

Commodity: Premium performance and sustainability

Delight: Enhancing well-being and comfort


Bruce Nicol
Head of Design, Eyrise
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15.05 - 15.20
Powder Coatings for the Architectural Market

Introduction to powder coatings

Technologies and product range

References & case studies


Merce Berengueras
Specifications Leader - EMEA, Axalta
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15.20 - 15.40
Networking Tea/Coffee Break


Session 4
(15.50 - 17.30)

15.45 - 16.05
Adaptive Buildings - Building for Resilience

Addressing environmental, social and economic requirements

Transformation (Use/Geometry/Performance/Aesthetics)

Designing for disassembly

Reuse of façade materials


Alicja Kurzajewska
Senior Façade Consultant, AESG
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16.05 - 16.25
Façades for the Future – Implementation of Intelligent Technologies

Façade design as response to site

New technologies in media façades

Processes in façade generation


Shams Naga
Founder & Principal, Naga Architects & Chairman, DHB Group
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16.25 - 16.40
Taking a “Look” at Glass Distortion

What is an optical distortion?

What causes the reflective image distortion in IGU units?

How to lessen the degree of glass optical distortion?


Khaled Raslan
Senior Manager, Vitro Architectural Glass
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16.40 - 17.25
Project Discussion: World's Longest Rectractable Glassfibre Sunshade – Creating Sustainable Outdoor Thermal Comfort for the Expo 2020 Dubai

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


Moderator
Benjamin Beer
Managing Director, Werner Sobek Dubai
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Panelist
Marc Gabriel
Director - Architecture & Project Management, Werner Sobek Stuttgart
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Panelist
Alberto Fiorenzi
Director, i-Mesh Textile Architecture
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Panelist
Marco Bellomi
Project Manager, Lanaro
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Panelist
Jason Quick
Program Director - Expo 2020 Programme Management Consultant, Jacobs
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17.25 - 17.30
Vote of Thanks & End of the Conference



The programme is correct at time of publishing. However, given the seniority of our speakers and the nature of their roles, speakers may subsequently substitute or excuse themselves from the programme. This is always regrettable, and we will always try to replace the speaker with a speaker with equivalent insight. You can find the most up-to-date programme on this website.




Partners

Meet our industry leading suppliers who play a key role in this event. Visit their booths to know more about their products & solutions and how they can help play a role in defining your projects.
Presenting Partner

Technology Partner
8 AIA LU/HSW credits

Event Registration


Registrations for this event have been closed.
For queries please contact aditi@zakconferences.com


TERMS & CONDITIONS FOR COMPLIMENTARY SEATS: Complimentary seats are reserved exclusively for Architects, Consultants, Contractors, Developers, Fabricators, Government Officials & PMC's. The organizers reserve the right to allocate these complimentary seats at their discretion.

Image Gallery

Images from a select previous global editions of Zak World of Façades


Video Gallery

Snippets from a select previous global editions of Zak World of Façades

  • Dubai 2021
  • New York 2021
  • London 2021
  • Sydney 2019
  • Shanghai 2019
  • Singapore 2019

FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions about the event.

A limited number of complimentary seats on first come first serve basis are reserved for Architects, Façade Consultants, Developers, Government Officials, Project Management Consultants, Main Contractors, Sustainability Consultants, Fire Consultants, Façade Contractors, Cost Consultants, etc. The online registration process needs to be followed to attain your entry pass for the event. Please note that the complimentary seats allocation are under the jurisdiction of the organizers. If you are a product/material supplier and intend to attend the conference, there would be a delegate fee of AED 2500 + VAT applicable per delegate.

The online registration acts as an “Interest” for attending the conference. An internal system evaluates the registrations received and issues the confirmation/entry pass accordingly. The online registration alone DOES NOT stand confirmed without a confirmation/entry pass email from the organizers.

If successfully approved, the confirmation number/pass is sent within of 3-4 working days of registration or earlier. It is advisable to check your spam/junk folders as there maybe chances of the email landing in those folders. If you have not received your confirmation within the stipulated timeframe, please write to the organisers/reply on the acknowledgment email to check on the status.

It is highly recommended that you use your company/official email id for registration to avoid any confirmation delay

No. All registrations are pre-approved online and no on-spot registrations are encouraged.

The invitation copy from the sponsors DOES NOT qualify as the entry pass. The invite mentions the registration process at the last page. All the recipients of these invitation copies are advised to follow the online registration process to attain their passes to be able to attend the event.

No. If you are not able to attend the conference after receiving your confirmation number/pass you will not be able to transfer the registration to your colleague.

The registrations start at 0800 hrs. The team at the registration desk will be fully equipped with the details of those confirmed to attend. If your registration is confirmed, you will only be asked to quote your registration number and drop your visiting cards at the registration desk to collect your badge and kit.

Post the conference, the organisers will be uploading all the presentations who's permission has been received to distribute online at this event website.

The full-day conference will include access to the conference hall, exhibit area, lunch and networking session, delegate kits and presentation copies.

If your firm is on our guest list, then a maximum of 1-4 delegates passes per firm are allocated depending on the firm size. However, the seat allocation is on first come first serve basis.

As the seats are allocated on a first come first serve basis, the registration will close once the hall seating capacity is reached.

Apart from the high standard hygiene protocols and checks from the Hilton team, we will be implementing the standard operating procedures and guidelines mandated by the local authorities to ensure a safe event. Please refer to the detailed safety precautions at the top of this page.

Yes. A few of the event elements will be hybrid. One such element will be the lectures and discussions which we will stream online for those who are unable to make it in-person. More details will be provided closer to the event.

Yes, 8 AIA HSW CEUs will be credited to the attendees. The delegate must attend in-person for the entire program and sign up at the conclusion with their current AIA membership number to receive the credits.

Venue


Kindly reach the venue on 09th March, 2022 at 8:00 am

Address

Hilton Al Habtoor City, Sheikh Zayed Rd - Dubai - United Arab Emirates

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