25 - 27 SEPTEMBER 2017
10:00 - 18:00
Halls 6, 7 & 8
Dubai World Trade Centre
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Middle East Facades Summit - FREE TO ATTEND

Agnes Koltay, Director, Koltay Facades

Arvind Kumar, Manager – Architectural Advisory, Technal Middle East

timely address looking at the current approach to fire safety in the region and what is being done to ensure the highest standards of fire safety practice are being put into place.

  • Latest updates to fire safety design and engineering
  • Introducing a holistic design perspective
  • Ensuring that practitioners aren’t just ‘ticking the boxes’ but also taking a common sense approach
  • Utilising a risk management matrix to mitigate risk

  Peter Stephenson, Associate Director, Fire Engineering, Buro Happold

Incorporating sustainability into a building’s design should not mean compromising on the bottom line, rather the focus should be on quality, value, efficiency and cost-effectiveness. 

  • Determining the ‘right’ sustainability targets for your project and building
  • Latest in LEED updates including energy efficiency, airtightness, moisture control and indoor air quality
  • Energy modeling for cost-effective sustainable design
  • Life Cycle Costing: Why a sustainable approach translates into cost savings

Jourdan Alexander-Younis, Director, Alpin Limited (Masdar City) 

A new approach to design and sustainability with improving the human experience at its core, WELL serves to complement the LEED ratings system by creating commercial and residential environments that serve to enhance and improve occupant’s health and wellbeing. A company’s biggest asset, and greatest investment, is its people.  WELL proves that it pays to keep the human factor at the heart of building design.

  •          Introduction to WELL
  •          Why WELL and why now?
  •          Easy and effective steps to implement WELL into your project design
  •          How does WELL impact façade engineering and the overall design process?
  •          What products and materials support the WELL philosophy?

Phillipa Grant, Senior Consultant, AESG

A rare and invaluable opportunity to hear the client perspective on the drivers and market dynamics shaping budgets and decision-making in today’s projects.

  •          How have client strategies changed in light of shifting market dynamics such as the global              financial crisis and the drop in oil prices?
  •          What are developers looking for in their project teams and what opportunities exist for                  smaller or medium-sized firms to win work?
  •          How are sustainability, energy efficiency and human health and wellbeing featuring in the mix          in terms of project priorities and outcomes?
  •          How are developers approaching risk management and risk mitigation?
  •          How are developers incorporating project team and value chain input into design criteria and          budgeting from concept stage?  How can this be improved or better facilitated through                    project partners?
  •          And finally, what is the vision for the future?  How will buildings evolve and how are                        developers preparing for these changes?

Moderated by: Sarah Coogan, Associate, Inhabit Asia ME


Mick Dalton, Director FM Meraas Estates Division, Meraas Holding Company
Qasim Mansoor, Director of Design, Aldar
Rami Alaileh, Project Director, Dubai World Trade Center


Hear from our panel of leading design personalities, architects and engineering experts as they share their thoughts and experiences on how rapidly advancing façade technology and innovative design are playing a critical role in changing buildings of the future. 

  •          What are the latest trends and advancements in façade systems and concepts?
  •          What new technologies are revolutionizing building envelope design and performance?
  •          How are expectations of high performance facades changing?  What defines high                            performance in today’s world?
  •          What are the main challenges facing building skin design and development in the Gulf                    region?
  •          How can designers create environmentally sustainable and contextually inspired facades with          interior spaces that enhance health and wellbeing?
  •          How will facades of the future differ from facades of today?

Moderated by: Agnes Koltay, Director, Koltay Facades


Ala Hason, Senior VP MENA Director, HKS Architects
Benjamin Piper, Partner and Design Principal, Killa Architectural Design
Matthew Engele, Regional Design Director and Associate Principal, Woods Bagot
Stuart Clarke, Associate Director & Middle East Façade Engineering Leader, Arup

Improving the digital workflow to secure quality: Facade Consultancy in the Century of Industry 4.0 and BIM


Lars Anders Priedemann

  • Determination of technical values,
  • Safety and usability 
  • Testing methods

Rolf Schnitzler, Product Manager- Windows and Facades, IFT Rosenheim, Germany


An engaging on-stage comparative analysis of three acoustic ratings methods commonly used on façade systems testing.

  •          Highlighting the differences between computational modeling, site/field testing and laboratory          acoustic ratings
  •          Understanding why each of these three methods matter
  •          Knowing when and where each testing method should be used to ensure the best possible              results
  •          How can choosing the right – or wrong – testing method significantly impact your façade                system performance?

Paul Schwarz, Partner & Principal Acoustic Engineer, Design Confidence

A fascinating study into façade innovation and how designs can address efficiency in energy consumption, advanced materials, smart technology whilst retaining visual and commercial value. 

  •          Future of façade design innovation - a look into current and future trends
  •          Bridging the gap between theoretical design and construction

Diba Salam, Principal and Founder, Studio DS

The advent of 3D modeling, BIM and parametric design have fundamentally changed the traditional approach to design and development and the architectural envelope industry.  This session will explore the latest trends in building modeling software and technology and how the ability to capture, manage and analyse large amounts of data results in more efficient, sustainable and cost-effective buildings.

  •          Overview of the latest advancements in 3D modeling, BIM and parametric processes for                façade and building envelope design and construction
  •          Understanding the key differences between the technologies and the unique benefits of each
  •          What approach is best for your project?
  •          Outlining the key benefits of BIM and 3D modeling software for façade and building envelope          design and construction
  •          Challenges: How much data is too much data?  How can you avoid information overload?

Christopher Tebb, BIM Practice Leader, Mott MacDonald

The building industry in the Gulf Region is continuously demanding higher performance and efficiency, whilst persistently aspiring for iconic stature. However, after the global financial crisis of 2008 and the significantly lower oil prices since 2015, the allocated resources per project have become increasingly tighter. Subsequently, the gap between the aspiration of clients and the industry’s ability to deliver has been growing wider.  ‘Value engineering’ is now in many cases better described as ‘false economy’ where buildings are losing quality and value due to attempts to cut down on design and construction costs. This session will look at ways to improve a building’s design quality by designing value under budget constraints and a delivery programme to offer more inspiring and sustainable solutions.

  • Embracing a holistic and balanced approach to strategic planning
  • Delivering environmentally and human-comfort considerate design, engineering, and construction under the context of cost versus value
  • Evaluating the quantitative and qualitative drivers that impact the design and delivery process and its outcome

Abdulmajid Karanouh, Director - Head of Innovation, Design, Facades & Sustainability, Ramboll

In current economic conditions, markets are tight and businesses are facing more competition than ever before, resulting in a significant downward pressure on costs.  Budgets are being squeezed and every element of a project is under scrutiny with all stakeholders affected.  This session aims to bring together representatives from key stakeholder groups involved from concept to completion in active and productive dialogue around key challenges facing project costing and working towards a collaborative approach to building commissioning.

  •          How can a focus on value over cost translate into tangible project outcomes?
  •          Taking a whole life view of project costs: Data on performance and life cycle cost-savings
  •          Reducing changes to the design and project plan and thus reducing costly delays and                      modifications
  •          Taking a collaborative approach to ensure the most efficient, sustainable cost-effective                  design and delivery from concept through commissioning and operation
  •          Preparing for the unknown: Preparing a Plan B and even Plan C and how this can benefit all            parties

Moderator: Arvind Kumar, Manager – Architectural Advisory, Technal Middle East


Abdulmajid Karanouh, Director - Head of Innovation Design, Facades & Sustainability, Ramboll
Michel Francis, Chief Architect, DEC

Filippo Sona, Director, Head of Hotels MENA Region, Colliers International

Michel Francis, Chief Architect, DEC

Quinton Clark, Director of Architecture, Architecture, Design & Construction, Middle East & Africa, Hilton

 Arch Deepak Dinesh, Managing Partner of ADDP Architects

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