Facade Tectonics SKINS

SKINS: April 2020

Going viral: Engaging in the age of C-19

As March rolled in, we were steamrolling toward Facades Week: LA! and our third World Congress. We were excited; registrations and sponsorship were running far ahead of past events and we were expecting record-breaking participation. We had over 100 peer-reviewed papers of remarkable quality in the program queue, with authors flying worldwide to LA to present. The European Facade Network had curated a track of their own for the World Congress. There were some truly excellent tours, workshops, receptions and other Facades Week events lined up such that I couldn’t make up my mind which to attend. Then C-19 raised its ugly head and we all know the rest.

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DTLA Los Angeles skyline


Facades Week and World Congress postponed until August 3-7

FTI's industry calendar is the go-to place for status updates on all industry events. Submit your industry event information to events@facadetectonics.org.

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2020 World Congress Paper Spotlight

The Academy Museum of Motion Pictures, LA

Kicking off our ongoing spotlights on 2020 World Congress papers, authors Roman Scheiber and Florina Meier (Knippers Helbig) provide a technical description of the design and implementation of the 150’ diameter dome for the RPBW designed museum.

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Work from Home


Will C-19 force design firms to embrace working from home?

The decentralized design studio with employees working from home presents particular challenges to studio practices and workflows. Cajsa Carlson writes for Dezeen on the impact of C-19 on the design community.

Read More at Dezeen

College students


C-19 and inequality in higher education

The university environment levels the playing field for students. At academic institutions, as well as other areas of society, C-19 has laid bare the growing problem of inequality. A New York Times reporter talks with students and examines the problem.

Read More at the New York Times

Sustainable Facades book cover photo only Ajla


Summer Sessions at UMass: Sustainable, High-Performance Facades

Education is a core mission of FTI. Ajla’s program is tailored to practicing professionals creating a unique opportunity to ramp up your facade expertise. Check out Ajla’s bio and the course description, and give it some serious consideration.

Learn More and Register

Downtown LA skyline for Facades Week 2020


A practical guide to delivering a high-performance envelope

Helen Sanders of Technoform who is also FTI's president provides a sneak-peek at one of the workshops to be conducted as part of FTI’s World Congress - including thermal bridging, thermal comfort and balancing variables that impact facade performance.

Read More at USGlass Magazine

Reglazing Modernism


Reglazing Modernism: Intervention Strategies for 20th-century Icons

Case studies exploring facade intervention strategies on Modern-era buildings. Glazed facades are recognized as a defining characteristic of Modern architecture and directly linked to “poor performance and limited longevity”. Full review coming soon!

Learn More and Purchase at Amazon.com

Metals in Construction 2020 finalists


Metals in Construction "Transform a Facade" competition winner announced

The design brief involved the facade upgrade of a vintage 1960s high-rise in Manhattan. FTI leaders participated in the jury. The team of WilkinsonEyre, Eckersley O’Callaghan, Josef Gartner GmbH, MRG Studio, and Level Infrastructure carried the day.

Review the Finalists at Metals in Construction



CLF Wood Carbon Seminars: Thursdays 9-10am PST April 23 - June 11

Our friends at the Carbon Leadership Forum are conducting an online seminar series addressing the carbon impacts of wood. Learn about the nuances of biogenic carbon in wood and make carbon-smart decisions on your projects!

Register at Carbon Leadership Forum

Facade Membership Pacakge

Continuing Education

Managing risk with complex curtainwall projects

This continuing education program explores the importance of collaborative delivery strategies including design-assist, daylighting strategies and tools, and managing the process of innovation in a manner to reduce risk.

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Industry Calendar

May 5-8

Living Future '20

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October 12-13

Facade Tectonics 2022 World Congress

Los Angeles, United States

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Previously Featured


FTI World Congress Postponed Until August 5-6, 2020

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Event Recaps

2019 Year in Review

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Policy & Influence

FTI's Advocacy Committee Submits LEED v4 Proposal to Improve Facade Performance and Occupant Comfort

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Organizational Members of the Facade Tectonics Institute


Kuraray, Permasteelisa Group, seele, TriPyramid Structures


Finishing Contractors Association, HOK, Lerch Bates, Technoform North America, Valmont Structures, Vitro Architectural Glass, WRNS Studio, W&W Glass


Antamex Industries, FreMarq Innovations Inc, Heintges, MdeAS Architects, Morrison Hershfield now Stantec, Oldcastle BuildingEnvelope, Roschmann Steel & Glass Constructions, Schüco USA, Simpson Gumpertz & Heger, SOCOTEC, Inc., The Architect's Newspaper, The Façade Studio

Academics / Nonprofits

Aarhus University, Denmark, IIBEC, Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, National Fenestration Rating Council, Rainscreen Association in North America, Universidad de Concepción, University of Utah, Western Wall & Ceiling Contractors Association