Afternoon Workshops 4 AIA CEUs

In-depth dialog with leading architects, fabricators, developers and engineers

Facades+ workshops feature an intimate class size and hands-on learning to create an environment conductive to innovation and creative problem-solving. Learn crucial skills & tools to advance your practice.

Workshop Schedule

  • 12:30 Complimentary Lunch for Registered Workshop Attendees
  • 1:15 Afternoon Workshops Begin
  • 3:15 Networking and Refreshment Break
  • 5:00 Workshops End

Pick one of the following four afternoon sessions to best match your interests.

Lunch and coffee break are included in the workshop fee.

Sessions (Choose one from the following)


A. Designing Sustainable Building Envelopes by Thinking Outside the Box


As the built environment becomes more complex, so too are the systems are used to create them. During this afternoon’s topics we will learn from industry experts on how these systems can contribute to a sustainable building envelope, such as firestop systems that ensure occupant’s safety, self-cleaning façade panels and smart tinting glass technologies to ensure occupant comfort.

1. Understanding Perimeter Fire Barrier Systems in the Modern Age: Maintaining Integrity in Today’s Complex Backpan Designs

Instructor: Eric Lacroix, STI Firestop

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2. Benefits & Applications of Photocatalytic Ceramic Tiles

Instructor: Thomas Richardson, Agrob Butchal

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3. Daylighting Challenges: Advances in Smart-Tinting Glass Technologies

Instructor: Jeffery Glick, Halio North America

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B. Parts, Components, Assemblies: Design Automation and the Future of the Building Envelope (SOLD OUT)

Enclosure Engineering finds itself in the middle of an unprecedented upheaval of established norms, from a design as well as a delivery methodology standpoint. This comes with the advent of ever more advanced digital/computational tools, and increasingly stringent demands on building performance, energy use and carbon emissions while maintaining the highest architectural standards. To this end, this workshop aims to expand on how we may leverage strategically positioned partnerships and collaborations and specialty knowledge, in order to educate stakeholders, maintain quality of the end product, and manage risk. Four professional who together encompass architecture, engineering, applied research and fabrication – with special knowledge in building skins – will each present case studies from their respective field of expertise.

Instructor: Gustav Fagerström, Walter P Moore
Instructor: Nathan King, Autodesk
Instructor: Stan Su, Morphosis
Instructor: Kevin Miske, Building Blocks


C. High-Performance Glazing & Shading: Double-Skin Facade or Not?

This workshop will take a deep dive into high-performance glazing & shading, applicable to the local NE climate. Is it appropriate to use double-skin facade vs single-skin high-performance glazing? When and how? The case study of Dartmouth Dana Hall will examine lessons learned and strategies for designing and detailing high-performance glazing and shading building envelope.

Instructor: Kevin Bell, Leers Weinzapfel Associates
Instructor: Larry Jones, Atelier Ten
Instructor: Donald Press, Okalux North America
Instructor: Peter Stattler, Okalux North America


D. Material Approaches for Building Envelopes as Heat Exchangers

Scientists are providing greater and greater access to the design of materials at super-small scales. This workshop will look at how some of these emerging materials can be translated into the built environment. Case studies will be presented on facade prototypes that use vascular materials to actively exchange heat with natural ventilation flows. Select materials will also be demonstrated during a hands-on portion of the workshop.

Instructor: Jonathan Grinham, Harvard University Graduate School of Design
Instructor: Jack Alvarenga, Wyss Institute
Instructor: Pamela Cabrera, Transsolar

The Westin Copley Place, Boston

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The Westin Copley Place
10 Huntington Ave
Boston, MA 02116


The Westin Copley Place
10 Huntington Ave
Boston, MA 02116