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Facades+ looks back on a successful 10th anniversary year

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Facades+ celebrated its 10th anniversary year with 12 successful events across North America. In a year that saw increasing interest in mass timber, embodied carbon, and adaptive reuse, Facades+ covered the highest performing and most innovative building envelope designs.

Facades+ began the year with events in Atlanta, Philadelphia, and San Francisco. The Atlanta conference, co-chaired by Cooper Carry principal Brian Campa, featured a presentation on the Winter Park Library from Adjaye Associates and Thornton Tomasetti, and a workshop on the region’s mass timber potential led by Clemson University Professor of Forestry Pat Layton. The Philadelphia program highlighted the city’s strength in masonry work with DIGSAU’s Clay Studio and Moto Designshop’s Arrupe Hall. Facades+ worked with the team at DIGSAU, led by principal Mark Sanderson, as co-chairs, and featured University of Pennsylvania Associate Professor of Architecture Rashida Ng as a guest moderator. In March, Facades+ returned to the West coast for its annual San Francisco event, co-chaired by Brent Van Gunten, a technical director at Gensler. Lisa Rammig, a director at Eckersley O’Callaghan, and Shruti Kasarekar, an associate director at Atelier Ten, presented on the latest in energy modeling and natural ventilation strategies for the building envelope through a series of case studies spanning from San Jose to Hong Kong.


detail of a metal facade
Gensler’s Burlingame Point places complex systems behind a clean, uniformly-finned facade. (Courtesy Gensler)

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