Material Acceleration: The Emergence, Evolution and Proliferation of Cladding Material

The explosion of new cladding materials could be traced to a number of causes: a trickling down of technology from other industries, the effort to do more with less, and the simple urge for novelty and innovation. As more products enter the marketplace, there's also a counterpoint, where traditional cladding materials are being manipulated and adapted for very specific needs. This session will look at emerging material developments ranging from glass to ultra-high-performance concrete. The unique design and supply chain challenges of introducing new materials and products to the facade system are also explored.


William Rieck, AIA, NCARB, LEED GA

Senior Project Architect, HOK

Thomas Bayer, AIA, NCARB, LEED GA

Technical Principal, HOK

Sheldon B. Davis, PhD

Vice President of Research, Development and Innovation, Guardian Glass, Guardian Glass

Mic Patterson, PhD, LEED AP+

Ambassador of Innovation and Collaboration, Facade Tectonics Institute