Facades+ AM
The program includes three sessions to cover issues unique to the region, including innovative building skins, high performance facades, and the future face of DC. The well rounded, informed dialogue will inform and inspire.

The Facades+ conference series is a robust dialogue encompassing all things building skin—bridging the profession, industry, academia, operations, and ownership. We've distilled the best of the Facades+ 2-day event into a quick-take morning forum with a strong local flair—Facades+AM—this time tailor-made for the DC area.

Co-Chair, Mark Strauss, FXFOWLE
Co-Chair, Kevin Cannon, FXFOWLE
1. Gary Handel, Morning Keynote

2. Facades and the Environment

3. Rethinking the Face of the Office Building

The rapidly developing technology of high-performance facades has emerged as the key to building integration, and central to the realization of resilient buildings and a sustainable built environment. The building skin combines attributes of appearance and performance like nothing else in architecture. There is much to discuss. We invite you to join the conversation as we bring this novel forum into the nation's capital.
7:30 - 8:15


Sponsored by  WWGlass
8:15 - 8:25


Diana Darling (The Architect's Newspaper, Publisher)
Ivan Zuniga (YKK AP America, Architectural Services Manager)
Mark Strauss, FAIA, AICP, LEED (FXFOWLE, Senior Partner)
Kevin Cannon, AIA, LEED AP (FXFOWLE, Principal)

8:25 - 9:10


Pushing the Envelope: A Plan for Radical Energy Savings through Intelligent Facade Design at Cornell University's New Tech Residences
Advances in facade technology have given rise to highly insulated building envelopes that can be installed using off-the-shelf products. Cornell University's new residential tower on its New York City Tech Campus is being designed as the largest and tallest building in the world built to Passive House standards, and it is the intelligently-designed facade that will drive the building's performance.

Gary Handel (Handel Architects, President)

9:10 - 9:25


9:25 - 9:40


Sponsored by  WWGlass
9:40 - 10:25


This session is an exploration into how the metrics are changing for high performance building enclosures. As we move from LEED to Net Zero buildings, Passive House and beyond is changing the way we approach the design of the facade.

Presenters: Robert Moje (VMDO Architects, Principal)
Nora Wang (Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Senior Engineer / Associate Program Manager for Building Efficiency Electricity Infrastructure & Buildings Division )
Roger Frechette III (Interface Engineering, Managing Principal)

10:25 - 10:45


10:45 - 11:00


Sponsored by  WWGlass
11:00 - 11:45


The session will explore challenges and opportunities confronting the design of modern high-tech office buildings. Discussion will include new materials, new material technology, coatings, fritting, curved and formed glass.

Presenters: Duncan Lyons (Gensler, Firmwide Commercial Office Building Developers Practice Area Leader)
Bob Schofield (Akridge, Senior Vice President, Development and Director of Design and Construction)
Marc Simmons (Front Inc., Founding Partner)

11:45 - 12:05


12:05 - 12:15




Join the dialogue!



Full amount returned before 11:59 PM EST February 11, 2016. Facades+ will retain 10% of registration cost after February 11, 2016. No refunds on registration cost will be issued after 11:59 PM EST March 9, 2016.

Senior Partner
As an architect, planner, urban designer and Past President of AIA New York, Mark Strauss is an advocate for bringing a greater appreciation for architectural and urban design excellence to public policy. A key aspect of his interests and talents lies in developing strategic approaches to assist communities, institutions, and developers to redefine properties in response to urban design, economic, infrastructure, environmental and political concerns. Mark directs FXFOWLE’s efforts in the Washington DC Metro Area, and is currently leading a number of Transit Oriented Development planning efforts in the Mid-Atlantic region, totaling over ten million square feet, in addition to several planning and urban design projects with mixed-use development programs.


Kevin Cannon has over 20 years of experience as project architect leading the design on a range of projects of various scales and typologies–mixed-use, commercial, cultural, transportation–in the U.S., Canada and the Middle East. Kevin's approach is rooted in a comparative analytical process that seeks to test a variety of strategies in order to unearth the design potential and raise the aspirations of each unique project.


Managing Principal
Frechette has three decades of experience in the field of sustainable engineering and building design. His work encompasses sustainable master planning and building systems designs for some of the world’s largest and most iconic structures. His portfolio includes high performance buildings including Burj Khalifa (formerly known as Burj Dubai), “Dancing Dragons” Towers in Seoul, Korea, and Greenland Tower in Wuhan, China, soon to be amongst the tallest buildings in the world. Frechette is currently working on the design of a ‘net-zero’ headquarters in DC and a ‘net-zero’ high school in Arlington County, VA.

Founding Partner +
Managing Principal

Since starting the practice in 1994, he has overseen its growth to a firm of over 160 architects, designers, and planners around the world. Mr. Handel leads the firm’s direction by placing an emphasis on enriching the urban environment. Current work includes the largest and tallest “Passive House” building in the world, on Cornell University’s new Tech Campus in New York City; and the new Millennium Tower, under construction in Boston, which will be the tallest residential building in the city.

Firmwide Commercial Office Building Developers Practice Area Leader
Lyons also serves as Design Director for architecture in the D.C. office. In a career spanning more than three decades, he has designed award-winning buildings for a variety of institutional and commercial clients in the U.S. Mid-Atlantic region, Europe, Asia and Australia. Duncan’s passion for high-performance buildings and sustainable design has led to LEED certification for many of his projects, including three at the Platinum level. Lyons earned a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Bath in England and is a member of the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA).
A leader in K-12 design, Moje is a passionate advocate for today’s “New Learner.” He continually partners with diverse organizations to craft new resources that both expand educational planning and design and enrich communities. His 40-year tenure at VMDO Architects includes overall leadership of the K-12 practice. Moje's work cultivating designs for schools examines what is best for the growing, learning child and looks critically at what that really means. In 2012, Bob was elevated to the AIA College of Fellows specifically for his work in the K-12 educational sector.
Senior Vice President, Development Director, Design and Construction
Schofield oversees the design and construction of all development projects. His responsibilities also include project feasibility evaluation, acquisition, entitlement, and finance. With over 25 years of experience in real estate, Schofield has managed $1.95 billion of construction and development work, including over 3.5 million square feet of office space and over 1.5 million square feet of mixed-use space. Bob has a passion for architectural design as well as construction. Since joining Akridge in 2000, he has been responsible for the execution of all of Akridge’s large commercial real estate projects.
Founding Partner
Front Inc. is a design and facade engineering firm that engages in numerous aspects of the architectural design industry, including facade consulting, system design, energy analysis, procurement and project management services. Simmons is the Thomas W. Ventulett III Distinguished Chair in Architectural Design at the Georgia Institute of Technology. His specialist facade knowledge and experience in custom curtain wall and hybrid cladding system design is built upon previous work at Foster and Partners, Meinhardt Facade Technology, and the structural glass & facade consulting group at Dewhurst Macfarlane & Partners in New York.
Senior Engineer / Associate Program Manager for Building Efficiency Electricity Infrastructure & Buildings Division Wang has ten years of research experience in building energy efficiency and sustainability. She received her doctorate in architecture from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Beginning her career in architecture, Nora gained experience on international building projects and won several design competitions. Since joining PNNL in 2010, she led a variety of building research projects, such as high-performance building evaluation, daylighting enhancement, climate action plan, and energy use data aggregation for disclosure. She is currently leading the development of DOE’s Building Asset Score, Home Energy Score, and Buildings of the Future scoping study.
Architectural Services Manager
In his role, Zuniga is responsible for the sales and marketing of YKK Architectural Products in North America. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Engineering from Virginia Tech and is also a Professional Engineer. Zuniga is an active member of the Construction Specifications Institute, the American Architectural Manufacturers Association, and the Glass Association of North America, and has served on several committees and task groups to promote energy efficiency and code development. A native of Venezuela, Zuniga resides with his wife and two children in Atlanta, GA.
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YKKDriven by a desire to serve our customers, YKK AP America offers market-driven products backed by world-class technology and a dedication to be the very best at what we do. Consistent with the philosophies and principles of the global YKK Group, we combine engineering, innovative system designs, and vertically integrated manufacturing processes to provide fenestration systems at the highest level of quality and at a competitive price. Committed to protecting the environment and the communities in which we operate, the Dublin, Georgia manufacturing center has achieved ISO 14001 status recognizing our advanced environmental management systems for recycling and the conservation of natural resources.

AvenereAvenere Cladding specializes in NeaCera® solid wall Terra-cotta Rainscreen Solutions and Vizor™ Sunscreens. Featuring a superior, high strength composition and a fully engineered 2 piece support system – resulting in lower installed cost; more than 50 standard & custom colors, and a host of shapes and sizes; suitable for a wide range of trades. Backed by an industry-leading warranty of up to 30 years including Lifetime Graffiti Protection. Every project includes comprehensive shop drawings, and pre-construction and field orientations.

BVTCBoston Valley Terra Cotta is recognized as an innovative manufacturer of architectural ceramics, producing architectural terra cotta, roof tile and the only U.S. manufactured rain screen system, TerraClad™. BVTC has collaborated on numerous R&D initiatives with visiting artists, scientists, and architects, participating in construction projects from design development to completion.

CambridgeCambridge Architectural is the leading North American manufacturer of architectural mesh systems that incorporate a variety of attachment methods and metal fabric patterns. We specialize in designing, building & installing tension systems that offer many design solutions. Cambridge Architectural’s applications-based approach to our product offering allows us to focus simultaneously on aesthetics and functionality.

CE|StrongAnytime! Anywhere! You can learn! Across the country, architects are required to take continuing education courses to maintain their professional license. CE|STRONG offers the only app designed to provide architects AIA courses, specifically designed for mobile users. The CE|S app is easy-to-use, intuitive tool for architects to take courses & manage their AIA Continuing Education Units (CEUs).

CosentinoCosentino is excited to launch our newest innovation – Dekton® Ultracompact surfacing material. Dekton is produced via a state of the art production process which is resin-free and uses only inorganic materials. The result is a revolutionary engineered stone product in thin, Ultra-large format panels for use in ventilated rainscreen façade applications. The product exhibits superior performance in UV durability and graffiti resistance along with a non-combustible DNA.

KawneerKawneer offers architectural aluminum building products and systems for the commercial construction industry. From thermal efficiency and sustainability to hurricane and blast resistance, we offer a dynamic range of innovative, high-performing products/systems for renovation and new construction. Kawneer’s comprehensive product portfolio includes entrances, framing systems, windows and curtain wall systems.

KurarayKuraray Glass Laminating Solutions provide architects with safe and durable laminated glazing solutions with its polyvinyl butyral (PVB) and SentryGlas(r) ionoplast interlayers, used in a variety of applications, including glass facades, railings, skylights, canopies, and glass floors.

NBKNBK, a Hunter Douglas company, is a worldwide leader in the manufacturing of Architectural Terracotta for façade systems in both rainscreen and precast applications. Terracotta tiles and baguettes bring signature style to a building’s exterior with nearly unlimited shapes, textures, colors, and glazes, in both horizontal and vertical applications, for both new construction and recladding opportunities. For more information and to view examples of buildings clad in our product, visit www.nbkusa.com and www.hdfacades.com.

PPGPPG IdeaScapes integrates metal coatings, glass and paint to provide complete color and surface solutions that help architects design and construct more sustainable buildings. Industry-leading brands include Duranar metal coatings; Solarban solar control, low-e glasses and an exceptional range of zero- and low-VOC interior and exterior paints by PPG Paints. For more visit, www.ppgideascapes.com.

RoxulROXUL Inc. is the North American operations of ROCKWOOL International, the world’s largest stone wool manufacturer. In the spring of 2014, a 600,000 sq. ft. facility opened in Marshall County, Mississippi; approximately 30 miles south of Memphis. This facility will facilitate the growing demand for ROXUL product in the US.

SageSageGlass® is advanced dynamic glass that can be electronically tinted or cleared to optimize daylight and improve the human experience in buildings. SageGlass enables you to control sunlight and glare without shades or blinds, maintaining your view and connection to the outdoors and significantly reducing energy consumption.

SapaSapa Extrusions is North America’s leading producer of extruded aluminum. We offer the industry’s broadest product capabilities in press sizes and tonnages, alloy selection, circle sizes, and profile types. Our North American Technical Center bring unprecedented value to customers with design and technical support, mechanical and application engineering, and metallurgy.

STISpecified Technologies Inc. (STI) is a leading manufacturer of innovative firestop solutions designed to stop the spread of fire, smoke and toxic fumes. With over 1,300 UL® Classified systems, STI specializes in cutting edge perimeter fire containment systems including backpan designs, flush and reduced sill heights, and connection protection.

SwisspearlSWISSPEARL is the leading European manufacturer of cement composite facades for quality, high-end architecture. As the world leader in coloration technology and facade knowledge, our cement panels offer a wide range of products, aspects and colors specially designed to meet architects’ needs for superior rainscreen cladding applications.

ViewView Inc. is the pioneer in large-scale architectural dynamic glass. View designs and manufactures a new generation of dynamic glass that intelligently adjusts its tint levels. View Dynamic Glass enables unparalleled control over the amount of light and heat entering a building – dramatically increasing comfort while reducing building energy consumption.

WWglassW&W Glass is one of New York’s largest architectural glass and metal subcontractors, specializing in unitized curtain walls, storefronts, and interior glass and glazing. W&W is the North American distributor of the Pilkington PlanarTM structural glass system. Pilkington is renowned worldwide for its high-quality glass fabrication and fully tested warrantied systems.

AIA Baltimore + BAFFounded in 1871, the Baltimore Chapter of The American Institute of Architects is the third oldest in the country. AIABaltimore serves as the voice of the architecture profession in the Baltimore metropolitan area. The chapter consists of nearly 1,300 architects, emerging professionals, and allied industrial members united to demonstrate the value of architecture and design.

AIA DCAIA|DC advances the value of architecture for our members, our profession, and our community. Founded in 1887, the Washington Chapter of the American Institute of Architects serves the Nation's Capital, functioning as both the "local" and "state" component of the AIA for the District of Columbia. The Chapter was intimately involved in the design and planning of Washington, and continues to play an active role in city development today.

AIA DCAIA Maryland is a state component of the American Institute of Architects. Our mission is to serve our members, advance their value, and improve the quality of the built environment and the practice of architecture in Maryland through legislative and governmental action.

BEC DCBuilding Enclosure Council of Washington D.C. (BEC-DC) is an organization comprised of architects, engineers, contractors, consultants, and manufacturers who share a common interest in new and existing building enclosures. BEC-DC offers a forum for professionals in the construction industry to discuss and share valuable information relating to building enclosure design.

FXFOWLEFounded over 35 years ago, the practice of FXFOWLE Architects encompasses architecture, interior design, planning and urban development. With offices in New York and Washington, DC, the firm is committed to innovative design inspired by urbanism, technology and sustainable strategies.

nycbaNOMAnycobaNOMA is a professional design association aimed at promoting the work, contributions, and participation of minorities in the fields of design and architecture. Through our professional and educational programming, we hope to encourage dialogues and policy that will enact a larger move towards greater diversity and inclusion in the profession. Join nycobaNOMA today to contribute to the conversation, grow and enrich your professional network, and connect to the New York design community!

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2016 Conference Schedule:

Facades+AM Washington, DC March 10, 2016
Facades+ New York, April 21+22, 2016
Facades+AM Boston, June 17, 2016
Facades+AM Kansas City, September 15, 2016
Facades+ Dallas, October 13+14, 2016
Facades+AM San Francisco, December 7, 2016

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