DAY 1
Metropolitan West, 639 W 46th St.
SYMPOSIUM + Methods+Materials Sponsor Gallery

Attend a full day of stimulating presentations and panels that examines the fast-paced evolution of facade technology.

Address new perspectives on building skins, and explores innovative, sustainable design practices.

Symposium Agenda

7:30-8:30am

Check-in & Breakfast | Methods+Materials Gallery

8:30-8:40am

Welcome

  • Diana Darling

    Publisher

    The Architect’s Newspaper

  • John Cetra

    Founding Principal

    CetraRuddy

    CO-CHAIR
8:40-8:45am

Platinum Presenting Partner Welcome

  • Steve Cohen

    National Architectural Manager

8:45-8:55am

Civic Perspective

  • Omar Toro-Vaca

    Senior Vice President, Real Estate

    Kasirer LLC

8:55-9:50am

Opening Keynote: The Many Expressions

Facades today express themselves in a dynamic way; architecturally through the spatial experience, culturally through image-making and technically through building performance. Join Ben van Berkel as he explores the cultural, technical and transformational power of performative facades.

  • Ben van Berkel

    Founder

    UNSense & UNSense Studio

9:50-10:35am

Materiality & Fabrication: Bespoke Facade Solutions

Mesh, GFRC and translucent marble envelope new performing and cultural centers on both coasts. We explore facades of uncommon materials in unexpected applications, with REX's Perelman WTC Center and OMA's Aurdrey Irmas Pavilion, among other case studies.

  • Joshua Ramus

    Founding Principal

    REX

  • Shohei Shigematsu

    Partner / Director

    OMA

  • MODERATOR Theresa Genovese

    Principal

    CetraRuddy

10:35-10:45am

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  • Travis Conrad

    Architectural Consultant

    Neolith

10:45-11:15am

Networking Break | Methods+Materials Gallery

11:15-11:45am

Firm Spotlight: Reiser+Umemoto

  • Jesse Reiser and Nanako Umemoto

    Founding, Principals

    Reiser+Umemoto

11:45am-12:45pm

Scaling up Passive House | For the Greater Good

Architects and consultants create large-scale affordable housing in NYC, hewing to Passive House standards. Dattner's Grand Concourse project of 277 units and Handel's Sendero Verde mixed-use, multi building projects will be detailed. Passive House consultants Steven Winter Assoc. joins the discussion.

  • Gary Handel

    Managing Partner

    Handel Architects Llp

  • Lois Arena

    Director

    Steven Winter Assoc.

  • John Woelfling

    Principal

    Dattner

  • MODERATOR Alison N. Landry

    Executive Director of Design Build

    NYC Department of Design & Construction

12:45-12:55pm

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  • Derick Clutchey

    NE Region General Manager

    YKK AP

12:55-1:40pm

Complimentary Networking Lunch | Methods+Materials Gallery

1:40-1:45pm

Remarks by Diana Darling

1:45-2:30pm

Afternoon Keynote: The Secret Life of Projects

By understanding the conditions that create projects, the role of architectural methods and techniques can be understood in its larger context. Sustainable, resilient, adaptable are all terms in search of projects. In creating the need for something to be built, planning the making of architecture is the beginning of making change. The design process that takes place elicits changes over time and space. With these tenets in mind, the process of design can provide opportunity for the public life of cities. The importance of situating the meaning of the “project” and incorporating a sense of generosity, connection and playfulness, while optimizing for environmental quality, is WXY's approach to building whether it be inside or outside.

  • Claire Weisz

    Principal-in-Charge

    WXY

2:30-3:30pm

Optimizing the Form

Zoning and site constraints provide opportunities for creative optimizations of massing and geometry, increasing views, reining in sunlight, and having a positive impact on the site. Case studies include Studio Gang's Solar Carve and Cetra Ruddy's ARO.

  • Weston Walker

    Design Principal, Partner

    Studio Gang

  • John Cetra

    Founding Principal

    CetraRuddy

  • Markus Schulte

    Principal

    Arup

  • Manan Raval

    Principal I Technical Director- Building Envelope/ Facade Engineering

    Hatfield Group

  • MODERATOR Purnima Kapur

    Adjunct Associate Professor

    Columbia GSAPP

3:30-3:40pm

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  • Bob Zhang

    Sales Director

    NorthGlass

3:40-3:45pm

Afternoon Remarks | YKK

  • Jamilla Walcott

    Director of Marketing

    YKK-AP America

3:45-4:15pm

Networking Break | Methods+Materials Gallery

4:15-5:15pm

Adaptive Reuse Challenges in NYC Historic Icons

Meeting technical challenges in preserving Landmarked facades, two firms create respectful but purposefully non-contextual, glittering glass updates to an 1898 sugar factory (10 Jay St. in Dumbo) and 1929's historic Tammany Hall in Union Square.

  • Eran Chen

    Founder & Executive Director

    ODA

  • Russ Newbold

    Partner

    Surface Design Group

  • Todd Poisson

    Partner

    BKSK

  • John Ivanoff

    Associate Principal

    BuroHappold Engineering

  • Stefan Zimmermann

    Sr. Branch Mgr. Würzburg

    Josef Gartner - a Division of Permasteelisa

  • MODERATOR Françoise Bollack

    Principal

    Françoise Bollack Architects

5:15-5:30pm

Closing Remarks - John Cetra, Diana Darling

5:30-7:00pm

Cocktail Reception | Methods+Materials Gallery. Hosted by Centria

Thank you to Walter P Moore for hosting the Kickoff Cocktails at HG Stones showroom.