Facade Tectonics 2020 World Congress – Face Time 2020: Better Buildings through Better Skins

Registered attendees will receive an activation email from events@facadetectonics.org providing access to our virtual platform.

The 2020 World Congress will take place virtually! Each Wednesday in August, we will present plenaries, peer-reviewed papers and breakout networking sessions; educational workshops will be held on Thursdays. Access to the vExpo and poster gallery will be open throughout both days. Registered attendees will be able to access the paper presentations on-demand through the end of the 2020. Check out our FAQ and get in touch with additional questions.

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The Facade Tectonics Institute's biennial World Congress gathers the built environment’s most influential players for blind, peer reviewed paper presentations, expert-led group discussions, highly curated content, poster presentations, a dedicated virtual Expo (vExpo) and exclusive networking opportunities. This year's World Congress will be presented online through a virtual platform providing a unique forum for a diverse cross section of the design and real estate communities to discuss the innovations and advancements revolutionizing the design and delivery of the building skin.

With a minimum of 10 tracks and more than 100 live and on-demand presentations, the World Congress is a must-attend event for the domestic and international building communities. The virtual platform offers sponsors and attendees an unprecedented level of educational and networking opportunities through an action-packed schedule delivered by the industry’s most influential leaders and academics.

Facade Tectonics would like to extend a special thank you our 2020 World Congress Peer Review Committee members for volunteering your knowledge and expertise.

Event Speakers

Program

Wednesday, August 5

  1. Plenary Session

  2. Session 1

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    Speakers:

    • Brock DeSmit, Belzberg Architects
    • Laura Garofalo Khan, University at Buffalo (SUNY)
    • Hugo Balderas

    Papers Presented:

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    Speakers:

    • Louis Koehl, AIA, CPHD
    • Stephen Katz, AIA, LEED BD+C
    • Eric Haas, FAIA, LEED AP BD+C

    Papers Presented:

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    Speakers:

    • E. Yagdir Celiker, MSc., Istanbul Bilgi University
    • Oguz C. Celik, PhD, Istanbul Technical University

    Papers Presented:

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    Speakers:

    • Jens Schneider, Technical University Darmstadt
    • Rigone Paolo, Polimi & UNICMI
    • Bahadir Buluk, Façade Design Factory

    Papers Presented:

  3. vExpo + Breakout Networking Sessions + Poster Gallery Presentations

  4. Session 2

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    Speakers:

    • Linda Fu, RA, LEED AP, PMP, Marx|Okubo Associates
    • Christopher Morgan, P.E., Marx|Okubo Associates
    • Viviana Nardini, Sika
    • Florian Doebbel, Sika
    • Jon Kimberlain, Dow
    • Stanley Yee, Dow
    • Adrienne Bowman-Grittini, CSSBB, Dow

    Papers Presented:

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    Speakers:

    • Andrea Zani, MEng, PhD, Eckersley O'Callaghan (EOC Engineers)
    • Carmelo Galante, Eckersley O'Callaghan (EOC Engineers)
    • Stéphane Hoffman, Morrison Hershfield
    • Stefanie Schober, Thornton Thomasetti
    • Emma Reif, Thornton Thomasetti

    Papers Presented:

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    Speakers:

    • Jason Siwek, Walter P Moore
    • Charles Knickerbocker, III, Allegion
    • Stephen Bennison, Kuraray

    Papers Presented:

  5. vExpo + Breakout Networking Sessions + Poster Gallery Presentations

  6. Session 3

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    Speakers:

    • Bjorn Beckert, Fabritecture
    • Timothy Brown, AIA, NCARB, Clemson University

    Papers Presented:

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    Speakers:

    • Patricia Camporeale, PhD
    • Brian Fraumeni, Gensler
    • Julia Ragragio-Ruiz, LEED AP BD+C, Gensler
    • Berardo Matalucci, SHoP Architects
    • Edward Palka, SHoP Architects
    • Jennifer Siqueiras, SHoP Architects

    Papers Presented:

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    Speakers:

    • Cristobal Correa, P.E., BuroHappold
    • Chris Stutzki, PhD, Stutzki Engineering
    • Jerome Engelking, Stutzki Engineering
    • John Peterson, OAA, FRAIC, LEED AP BD+C, MJMA
    • Leland Dadson, MJMA

    Papers Presented:

  7. vExpo + Breakout Networking Sessions + Poster Gallery Presentations

Wednesday, August 12

  1. Plenary Session

  2. Session 1

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    Speakers:

    • Andy Lang, Morrison Hershfield
    • Elizabeth McCormick
    • Michael Martinez, Atelier Ten
    • Asim Tahir, Atelier Ten

    Papers Presented:

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    Speakers:

    • Katrin Terstegen, AIA, Cal Poly Pomona University
    • Ajla Aksamija, University of Massachusetts Amherst
    • Zlatan Aksamija, PhD, University of Massachusetts Amherst
    • Guy Vigneau, University of Massachusetts Amherst

    Papers Presented:

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    Speakers:

    • Alberto Speroni, POLIMI
    • Thomas Auer, Transsolar, Technical University München
    • Luca Papaiz, Pellini Industrie, glassAdvisor

    Papers Presented:

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    Speakers:

    • James Halliday, Rigidized Metals Corporation
    • Fred Deuschle, Rigidized Metals Corporation
    • Antonio Luz, Vidaris, Inc.
    • Christopher Payne, AIA, LEED AP, Gensler

    Papers Presented:

  3. vExpo + Breakout Networking Sessions + Poster Gallery Presentations

  4. Session 2

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    Speakers:

    • Troy Peters, Wentworth Institute of Technology
    • Xaver Nuiding, Permasteelisa Group
    • Thomas Lorenz, Permasteelisa Group
    • Alex Cox, Permasteelisa Group
    • Timo Bühlmeier, Permasteelisa Group
    • Vera Parlac, New Jersey Institute of Technology

    Papers Presented:

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    Speakers:

    • Ned Kirschbaum, FAIA, CCCA, LEED AP BD+C, Fentress Architects
    • Alfonso Lopez, PE, Sentech Architectural Systems, LLC
    • Peter Koukos, Harmon, Inc.
    • David Olsen, AIA, Ratcliff Architects
    • Megan Leon, Ratcliff Architects
    • Roman Schieber, RS, Knippers Helbig GmbH

    Papers Presented:

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    Speakers:

    • Michelle Lee, Behnish Architekten
    • Roman Schieber, RS, Behnish Architekten
    • Qiliang Lin, Schüco USA
    • Wayne Walker, Gensler
    • Julia Ragragio-Ruiz, LEED AP BD+C, Gensler

    Papers Presented:

  5. vExpo + Breakout Networking Sessions + Poster Gallery Presentations

  6. Session 3

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    Speakers:

    • Kevin Smith, PE, CWI
    • Daniel Kelso
    • Joshua Schultz, Gonzaga University
    • Neil Katz, AIA, Gonzaga University

    Papers Presented:

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    Speakers:

    • Nathaniel Barlam, Virtual Construction Lab of Schüco
    • Aude Webanck, Virtual Construction Lab of Schüco
    • Stephan Wurster
    • Thibaut Houette, M.Arch., University of Akron
    • Brian Foresi, University of Akron
    • Petra Gruber, University of Akron

    Papers Presented:

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    Speakers:

    • Brittany Dhawan
    • David Barber, Arup
    • John Neary, AIA, LEED AP NCARB, HOK
    • Mic Patterson, PhD LEED AP+, Facade Tectonics Institute, Inc.
    • Juliet Landler, BSc, MSc, MArch, Arcadis Design & Consultancy

    Papers Presented:

Thursday, August 13

  1. vExpo + Poster Gallery Presentations

  2. Session 1

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    Speakers:

    • Richard Kaire, PE, SE, Sentech Architectural Systems
    • Ned Kirschbaum, FAIA, CCCA, LEED AP BD+C, Fentress Architects
    • Michael Ludvik, PE, M. Ludvik Consulting Engineering
    • Edward Peck, FAIA, LEED AP, Edward Peck Design
    A Practical Guide to Delivering a High-Performance Envelope | WORKSHOP – SESSION 2B Click for details

    Speakers:

    • Helen Sanders, PhD, Technoform North America
    • Stéphane Hoffman, Morrison Hershfield
    • Steve Fronek, Wausau Window & Wall Systems
    • Alejandra Menchaca, Ph.D., LEED AP, WELL AP, Thornton Thomasetti

Wednesday, August 19

  1. Plenary Session

  2. Session 1

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    Speakers:

    • Mikkel Kragh, PhD MSc(Eng) CEng MASHRAE MCIBSE FSFE, University of Southern Denmark
    • Lisa Ramming, MA(ARCH) MENG IFDC MSFE, Eckersley O’Callaghan
    • Daniel Arztmann, MEng, TH OWL

    Papers Presented:

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    Speakers:

    • Viswanath Urala, Enclos
    • Yu Hui
    • Ryan Donaghy, AIA, SHoP Architects
    • Matt Spahr, Heintges

    Papers Presented:

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    Speakers:

    • Michael Elstner
    • Reece Poth, Simpson Gumpertz & Heger
    • Conner Claus, Simpson Gumpertz & Heger
    • Stephen Morse, Michigan Tech University

    Papers Presented:

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    Speakers:

    • Brian Stern, Glumac
    • Mike Ryan, Clark Pacific
    • Thomas Spiegelhalter, Miami International University
    • Nada Tarkhan

    Papers Presented:

  3. vExpo + Breakout Networking Sessions + Poster Gallery Presentations

  4. Session 2

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    Speakers:

    • Belinda Valenti, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, STUDIOS Architecture
    • Justin Glover, AIA, LEED AP [BD+C], STUDIOS Architecture
    • Stephen Bennison, Kuraray
    • Dr. Michael Haert, Kuraray
    • Sophie Pennetier, Enclos
    • Josephine Stoddard, Enclos

    Papers Presented:

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    Speakers:

    • Timo Schmidt, University of Applied Sciences, Augsburg
    • Carmen Herrmann, University of Applied Sciences, Augsburg
    • Michael Lakatos, University of Applied Sciences, Augsburg
    • Zahuoli Yang, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP BD+C, Revery Architecture Inc.
    • Shinobu Homma, Revery Architecture Inc.
    • Jae Yong Suk, University of Texas at San Antonio
    • Doris Sung, University of Southern California

    Papers Presented:

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    Speakers:

    • Rebecca Hartwell, University of Cambridge
    • Doug Bergert, AIA, LEED AP, Perkins and Will
    • Pratibha Chauhan, Perkins and Will
    • Michael Mulhern, TriPyramid Structures

    Papers Presented:

  5. vExpo + Breakout Networking Sessions + Poster Gallery Presentations

  6. Session 3

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    Speakers:

    • Gabrielle Brainard, AIA, LEED AP, CHPC, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
    • Jim Tice, University of Oregon
    • Phillip Anzalone, New York City College of Technology
    • Amber Bartosh, New York City College of Technology

    Papers Presented:

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    Speakers:

    • Kerry Hegedus, NBBJ
    • Giovanni De Mari, Eckersley O'Callaghan (EOC Engineers)
    • Richard Kaire, PE, SE, Sentech Architectural Systems
    • David Dunham, PE, Sentech Architectural Systems

    Papers Presented:

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    Speakers:

    • Gerry Lang, OAA, AIA, TSA, FTI M.Arch (Penn, 2008), B.Arch. (hons.,Toronto, 1978, architectsAlliance Toronto
    • Mahsa Farid Mohajer, University of Massachusetts Amherst
    • Ajla Aksamija, University of Massachusetts Amherst
    • Helen Sanders, PhD, Technoform North America

    Papers Presented:

Thursday, August 20

  1. vExpo + Poster Gallery Presentations

  2. Session 1

    Pursuing Adaptive Enclosures: Design for the Changing Climate | WORKSHOP – SESSION 3A Click for details

    Speakers:

    • Mike Huhtala, Architect, Simpson Gumpertz & Heger
    • Shruti Kasarekar, LEED AP DD+C ASHRAE BEMP, BEAP, Atelier Ten
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    Speakers:

    • Michael Mulhern, TriPyramid Structures
    • Franklin Lancaster, PE, Eckersley O'Callaghan (EOC Engineers)
    • Jeffrey Anderson, TriPyramid Structures
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    Speakers:

    • Vaughn Schauss, Kuraray
    • Florian Doebbel, Sika
    • Brian Clifford, CSI, CDT, C.R. Laurence
    • Jose Quinones, CSI, CDT, C.R. Laurence

Wednesday, August 26

  1. Plenary Session

  2. Session 1

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    Speakers:

    • Uta Pottgiesser, PhD, TU Delft
    • Annalisa Andaloro, EURAC Research
    • Ulrich Knaack, TU Delft

    Papers Presented:

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    Speakers:

    • Ryan Danks, P.Eng., RWDI Inc.
    • Joel Good, M.A.Sc., P.Eng., RWDI Inc.
    • Caris Frazier-Baker, Walter P Moore
    • Sanjeev Tankha, Walter P Moore
    • Kais Al-Rawi, Walter P Moore

    Papers Presented:

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    Speakers:

    • Mahsa Minaei, University of Massachusetts Amherst
    • Jeff Montague, Radius Track
    • Vincent Ip, LEED AP BD+C, NBBJ

    Papers Presented:

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    Speakers:

    • John Souleles, Dialog Design
    • Matthew Parker, Dialog Design
    • Xsusha Flandro, FAIC, APT-RP, CANY
    • Daniel Nauman, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP, Gensler
    • Jessica Santonastaso, Gensler

    Papers Presented:

  3. vExpo + Breakout Networking Sessions + Poster Gallery Presentations

  4. Session 2

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    Speakers:

    • John Jacksonsi, Simpson Gumpertz & Heger
    • Marko Tomsic, PE, Simpson Gumpertz & Heger
    • Ilja Ajoskin, PMP, MG McGrath
    • Neil Meredith, MG McGrath
    • Lee Pepin, MG McGrath
    • Stephen Lewis, PhD PE FRSA

    Papers Presented:

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    Speakers:

    • Maria Mohammed, Structural Focus
    • David Cocke, Structural Focus
    • John Fidler, Structural Focus
    • Clifton Fordham, RA, LEED AP, Temple University

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    Speakers:

    • Alvaro Balderrama, M.Eng., LEED Green Associate, TH OWL
    • Daniel Arztmann, MEng, TH OWL

    Papers Presented:

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    Speakers:

    • Iftekhar Rahman
    • Peter Simmonds, Building and Systems Analytics
    • Nebojsa Jakica, University of Southern Denmark
    • Mikkel Kragh, PhD MSc(Eng) CEng MASHRAE MCIBSE FSFE, University of Southern Denmark
  5. vExpo + Breakout Networking Sessions + Poster Gallery Presentations

  6. Session 3

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    Speakers:

    • Ahoo Malekafzali, Sage Glass
    • John Neary, AIA, LEED AP NCARB, HOK
    • Warren Techentin, FAIA, NCARB, LEED, University of Southern California

    Papers Presented:

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    Speakers:

    • Katsuhiko Muramoto, Penn State
    • Wendy Cox, Norwich University

    Papers Presented:

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    Speakers:

    • H Scott Norville, Texas Tech University
    • Stephen Morse, Texas Tech University
    • James Soules, P.E., S.E., P.Eng., SECB, F.SEI. F.ASCE, Texas Tech University

    Papers Presented:

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    • The Glass Failure Prediction Model

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    Speakers:

    • Timothy Brown, AIA NCARB, Clemson University
    • Christine Reynolds, PE, Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates, Inc.

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Educational Workshops

Don't miss the educational workshop series!

Get inspired at FTI's Educational Workshop Series, presented virtually as part of the 2020 World Congress. Choose from nine workshops presented across three sessions to learn about the latest advancements and trends in facades from experts in the industry. Registration is now open, so claim your spot today!

Interested in attending all three sessions? Register for the series >

To register for a single workshop, follow the link below.

Workshop Session 1 | August 6, 12 - 2:00 pm EDT (UTC-4)

Workshop Session 2 | August 13, 12 - 2:00 pm EDT (UTC-4)

Workshop Session 3 | August 20, 12 - 2:00 pm EDT (UTC-4)

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