Paper Reviewers Needed for the 2020 World Congress

Want to get more involved in Facade Tectonics Institute (FTI)? We are looking for volunteers to serve as paper reviewers for Facade Tectonics 2020 World Congress. As a paper reviewer, here’s what to expect:

  • Reviewers will have about a month to read and review three papers (less than 4000 words each), between about July 1 to August 1.
  • This is a blind-review process, reviewers will not know the authors names and vice versa.
  • Reviewers can also be an author who has submitted a paper. Anyone who is both an author and a reviewer will not be assigned to review their own paper.

If you would like to be a paper reviewer, please continue reading the instructions below. If you have any questions, please contact the FTI Scientific Technical Review Committee co-chair, Doug Noble at

How to Sign Up

Thank you for volunteering to being a paper reviewer for the Facade Tectonics 2020 World Congress! Your participation is greatly appreciated and will be officially noted. We will send detailed instructions later, but please complete the following steps no later than July 1.

  1. First, immediately email Doug Noble ( and say, “Yes, I would like to help review papers for FACADE TECTONICS 2020.”
  2. There are two possibilities: you already have an account, or you do not already have an account:
  3. After logging in, click My Profile. To indicate that you want to be a reviewer, you need to add “REVIEWING INTERESTS” to your profile by typing in keywords in the reviewing interest box on your profile. This is very important! At the end of this email is a list of keywords that you can choose from. These keywords will help us determine which papers to assign you to review. The authors will be using these exact same words and phrases for their paper keywords. Separate them by semi-colons. (This ; is a semi-colon.) You must spell them EXACTLY the same way they are in the list at the end of this document.
  4. Still under the My Profile section, check the box that indicates you would like to be areviewer (not a reader). On the form at the bottom in very small type, you will see the important check boxes of “Send me a confirmation email”, “Reader”, “Author”, and “Reviewer”. These should be set properly by default, but you should confirm:
    1. Check: Send me a confirmation email
    2. Uncheck: Reader
    3. Check: Author if you plan on submitting a paper
    4. Check: Reviewer if you plan on reviewing papers

Remember to click Save at the end of the page to submit your changes.

Please do this by July 1, 2019.


The bold words are the categories. Chose the non-bold words. Separate by semi-colons. Please use the exact spelling supplied.

For example, as my areas of expertise, I might choose: energy efficiency; parametric workflows; generative design; computational design; 3D printing; teaching - courses - degree programs; academic/industry partnerships

We can add other words, but these are the only ones that are searched on. Please use at least three or four of these.


  • curtainwall
  • stick curtainwall
  • unitized curtainwall
  • masonry facade
  • precast facade
  • wood facade
  • storefront facade
  • tensile or ETFE
  • rainscreen
  • double-skin
  • adaptive - kinetic - dynamic
  • innovative or unique
  • intelligent
  • ventilated
  • security


  • energy efficiency
  • carbon
  • air infiltration
  • daylighting - glare - shading
  • structure and seismic
  • component performance
  • health - comfort- IEQ performance
  • condensation - moisture - rain - vapor
  • acoustics
  • computational fluid dynamics (CFD)
  • finite element analysis (FEA)
  • thermal break
  • net zero - net plus
  • extreme environments
  • ventilation
  • thermal chimneys
  • life cycle analysis
  • physical testing - mockups
  • glass performance


  • sustainability - holistic
  • resilience
  • durability
  • adaptability
  • life cycle analysis
  • waste and recycling
  • energy and carbon
  • codes - standards - rating systems (any of them like LEED, BREEAM, Passive House, etc.)
  • health - comfort - IEQ
  • sustainability - challenges (like 2030, White House, etc.)


  • glass
  • architectural glass
  • structural glass
  • glass engineering
  • electro- or thermo-chromic glass
  • laminated glass
  • glass interlayers
  • adhesives
  • sealants
  • metal
  • stone
  • masonry
  • precast concrete
  • concrete
  • fabric - textiles
  • BIPV
  • timber
  • polymers
  • new, innovation
  • terra cotta
  • GFRC
  • ultra high performance concrete
  • aluminum
  • ETFE
  • copper
  • bimetal
  • composites
  • material science


  • case study
  • design processes
  • project delivery (like design-assist, design-build, IPD, etc.)
  • means and methods
  • building information modeling (BIM)
  • project management
  • construction management
  • cost
  • facilities management - operations
  • commissioning
  • retrofit
  • heritage conservation - preservation – restoration

Policy & Influence

  • codes - standards - rating systems
  • regulation and influence

Digital Processes

  • parametric workflows
  • generative design
  • computational design
  • advanced numerical computations
  • design optimization
  • 3D printing


  • teaching - courses - degree programs
  • academic/industry partnerships
  • history of facades
  • facade theory or philosophy


  • pre-fabrication
  • digital fabrication
  • fabrication prototypes
  • fabrication automation
  • fabrication assembly
  • fabrication installation


  • future trends
  • biomimicry
  • aesthetics
  • urban habitat and the building facade

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