July 22, 2021

Marriott Downtown



We are back in person!

Facades+ Dallas will be The Architect’s Newspaper’s first in-person event of 2021. The full day conference is co-chaired by Dallas-based firm Omniplan and will feature a morning of panel dialogue and presentations, and an afternoon of manufacturer led workshops. The program is curated by The Architect’s Newspaper, and strives to include a breadth of facade design topics; ranging from residential facades to the community impact of monumental projects. Stay tuned as we finalize the impressive roster of project leaders hailing from near and far.


Mark Holsinger, LEED AP

Director, Design Leader



8:00 - 8:50 AM CT - Check-in | Methods + Materials Breakfast
  • Dionne Darling
    VP, Brand Partnerships
  • Speaker
    Jamilla Walcott
    Director of Marketing and Product Management

Facades are the outward character of any project, and consequentially require a methodology that looks beyond just structural innovation. Specifically, museums and civic institutions can revitalize existing neighborhoods through the communication of tangible ideas and manifestos, and the introduction of exciting new typologies. Texas is leading the way on this vital topic, and recent case studies to be presented on this panel include Adjaye Associates and Alamo Architect's Ruby City and Diamond Schmitt Architects’ Buddy Holly Complex.

  • Speaker
    Matthew Lella, AIA, OAA
  • Speaker
    Mike McGlone, AIA
    Founding Principal
  • Moderator
    Aaron Seward
    Editor in Chief
10:00 - 10:30 AM - Methods + Materials Break

Texas is home to a storied legacy of Modernist design: the style’s clean lines and horizontal emphasis blend with the vastness of the Lone Star State’s windswept plains and inexorable rapid pace of development. This panel will highlight two projects that exhibit innovation in facade cladding according to interpretations of the Modernist ethos, all while harnessing the latest in manufacturing technology to deliver unique cladding systems that incorporate lightweight materials. Panelists will explore the processes behind the projects, and how all of the pieces came together.

  • Speaker
    Yen Ong, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP
  • Speaker
    Ron Stelmarski, AIA, LEED AP
    Principal, Design Director
  • Co-Chair
    Mark Holsinger, LEED AP
    Director, Design Leader
11:30 - 12:00 PM - Methods + Materials Break

The Coronavirus pandemic has leveled the architecture and construction industry, but, amidst the turmoil,the residential market has remained remarkably robust. However, the design and construction of such properties, especially single-family homes, remains a nail-biting affair of tight budget constraints compounded by the constraint of off-the-shelf building materials. This panel with bring together two firms in a robust discussion of material choice and project delivery, and, most importantly, how to keep the costs down!

  • Speaker
    Ryan Bollom, AIA
  • Speaker
    Michael Morrow, AIA
  • Co-Chair
    Mark Holsinger, LEED AP
    Director, Design Leader
Lunch will be provided

Credit type: 1 HSW AIA
Provider: STI Firestop

This course is designed to eliminate the confusion associated with the basics of perimeter fire containment systems. Fully understanding the role and value of tested perimeter fire barrier systems in today’s ever-changing and complex designs cannot be overstated and understanding the unique challenges of these designs present are critical in the design phase to eliminate costly changes, delays, and compromised life safety requirements prior to construction.

Learning Objectives
  • Fully understand the basics of curtain walls and how they perform in a fire
  • Understand the development of the IBC and State building codes in North America regarding the requirements for perimeter fire barrier systems
  • Fully understand the impact of the ASTM E 2307 test standard on actual test that have been run. This easily documents the impact and severity of the new code requirement
  • Design for success: Understanding the basics of all non backpan perimeter fire containment tested system
  • To make understanding of curtain wall basics fun and easily understood
  • Aaron Alterman
    Curtain Wall & Facade Specialist
    STI Firestop

Credit type: 1 LU|HSW
Provider: Vitro Architectural Glazing

The information in this course will help architects understand how high-performance architectural glass can significantly improve the energy efficiency of buildings while reducing their operating costs and carbon emissions.

Learning Objectives
  • By the end of this presentation, architects also will have learned about the manufacturing processes for pyrolytic and MSVD low-e coatings.
  • By the end of this presentation, architects will also understand commercial energy usage and how low-e coatings can improve energy efficiency and earn LEED® credit contributions.
  • By the end of this presentation, architects will understand the solar energy spectrum and common glass performance measures.
  • By the end of this presentation, architects will understand how passive and solar control low-e coatings differ and can impact glass performance measures.

Credit type: 1 HSW AIA
Provider: TerraCORE Panels

For years, covering a building façade has been an important challenge at Fiandre to overcome the fundamental characteristics of ceramic tile that will outperform other cladding material such as natural stone, wood, aluminum and or prefabricated concrete systems. In addition, there is no secret that indoor air quality has a significant effect on the occupants of a building. Having said this, porcelain tile ventilated façade systems that incorporate the open joint rain screen system are fast emerging of choice for buildings across a variety of commercial and/or residential sectors today. Fact, ventilated façade systems are playing a key role for sustainable building envelopes especially since reduction in consumption is now driving sustainability.

A system with a naturally ventilated wall cavity has an 80-year plus-life expectancy and helps to eliminate potential for “sick-building syndrome,” a common to closed cavity walls. When a VFS is installed, moisture is removed from the areas with structural steel studs which eliminate corrosion in the structural wall.

Learning Objectives
  • Understand the ventilated facade system as a sustainable building product and why installing a VFS will make the building a more energy efficient thermal regulator.
  • Understand the aluminum curtain wall sub-frame system, as it relates to:
    • The differences between GHV exposed mechanical anchor system – vs – GHS concealed undercut mechanical anchoring systems. and, understand how the two anchoring systems transfer the load of the tiles onto the aluminum sub- frame.
    • Porcelain slab integrated window integrated wall system.
    • MTech High Impact Laminated Porcelain Façade System.
  • Appreciate the ease of installation and the benefits of its low maintenance characteristics.
  • Appreciate the benefits for the deflection of rain and moisture within the cavity of the VFS.
Marriott Downtown

650 N Pearl St
Dallas, TX 75201

Single and Double Rate: $159 plus tax & incidentals. Cutoff date for the special rate is June 30, 2021.

Book online, or call 1(800) 228-9290 and identify yourself as part of The Architects Newspaper group to benefit from the special rate.


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