October 26

The Westin Copley Place



The long-awaited Facades+ Boston conference, hosted by the Architect’s Newspaper and co-chaired by Payette, will finally take place in-person on October 26. Join us for a full day led by the best and brightest in the regional AEC community.

Three panels will convene to discuss high-performing institutional facades, the largest passive house office project, and the implementation of unique materials in mid-sized mixed-use projects. Considering the demanding thermal needs that the northern seasons require, the program will go beyond architectural design and explore the many variables that are relevant to improved performance standards, even beyond the region. Earn up to 6 AIA HSW CEUs after a morning of robust dialogue and an afternoon of tailor-made presentations from AN’s CE|Strong Live program. We look forward to seeing you there!


Andrea Love

Director of Building Science



8:00 - 8:50 AM ET

Check In

8:50 - 9:00 AM

Samuel Medina
Executive Editor
The Architect's Newspaper
Andrea Love
Director of Building Science
Jim Hammond
Architectural Sales Representative

9:00 - 10:00 AM

These projects share the uncommon use of common materials such as terra cotta, corugated metal, precast concrete, that present a new and engaging face to the city.

Eric Höweler
Höweler & Yoon
Theodore Touloukian
Touloukian Touloukian
Andrea Love
Director of Building Science

10:00 - 10:30 AM

Methods + Materials Break

10:30 - 11:30 AM

Handel Architects shares what they’ve learned in using Passive House standards in progressively larger and more complex projects, from New York’s Cornell campus and Sendero Verde, to Boston’s Winthrop Center. We’ll also hear the developer and facade engineer’s point of view.

Brad Mahoney
Director of Sustainable Development
MP Boston
Blake Middleton, FAIA LEED AP
Handel Architects
Jeffrey Abramson
Senior Associate

11:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Methods + Materials Break

12:00 - 1:00 PM

Boston universities provide a proving ground for high-tech and high performance building envelope design, integral to reaching net zero through better performance. Case studies include Amherst’s new Science Center, MIT’s Site 4 Kendall Square, Harvard University Science And Engineering Complex (SEC).

Harry Lowd
Senior Project Manager
Montgomery Forman
Director New England
Island Exterior Fabricators
Michelle Lee
Behnisch Architekten
Chris O’Hara
Founding Principal
Studio NYL

1:00 - 1:30 PM

Complimentary lunch will take place in the Expo Hall with our sponsors

Most facades and enclosures perform well in the center of the system, failures typically occur where systems meet, at penetration and projections and at geometry changes. This workshop will begin with a primer on critical detailing concerns with our group of enclosure experts and then will transition to hands and collaborative design charrette including the panelists and the Workshop participants. This represents an evolution of the successful Advanced Detailing Workshop presented at previous Facades+ to focus on more contemporary and challenging details.


Chris O Hara, Studio NYL
Bradford J. Prestbo, FAIA, Placetailor
Stan Su, Architect
Felipe Francisco, Manager

In a rapidly changing and unpredictable world, designers find themselves lodged between the pressures of economics and delivery, and the need for staying innovative and improving upon processes and methods. As building professionals, we need to not only strike a balance between these two, but ideally have them inform and augment each other. The workshop will showcase examples of applied research as experienced by the participants of the annually recurring design-to-fabrication event of the Architectural Ceramic Assemblies Workshop (ACAW). Since 2016, architects, engineers, fabricators, artists, and academics have all come together at ACAW in a collaborative fashion, with the aim of progressively transforming problem solving.

Over time the ACAW event has come to extend beyond its experimental roots and started feeding back into built projects through novel ways of executing architectural assemblies. Illustrative case studies from the organizers’ collective body of work serve as point of departure for an interactive discussion around the workshop theme and what it means to innovate in applied technology.


Gustav Fagerstrom, Walter P Moore
Erik Verboon, Walter P Moore
Graham Clegg, Studios Architects
Craig Copeland, Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects
Omar Khan, Carnegie Mellon University


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