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Facades+ will come to five cities this fall

With August coming to a close, AN prepares for a busy fall line up for its Facades+ conference series. Beginning with a Minneapolis conference in September, Facades+ will come to five different cities during the remainder of 2023.

On September 12, Facades+ will return to Minneapolis for the first time since 2019. The program will include case studies covering Miller Dunwiddie’s Silver Ramp project for the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport as well as two projects which won awards from the AIA—Perkins&Will’s Family Tree Clinic, winner of the AIA’s 2023 Healthcare Design Award, and Henning Larsen’s Minneapolis Public Service Building, winner of the AIA’s 2023 Architecture Award. The event will be co-chaired by Phillip G. Koski of Miller Dunwiddie.

Architects at Meridian 105 used a brick screen to shade and ventilate the balconies of the Berkeley Hotel in Northwest Denver. (Justin Martin)

Following Minneapolis, Facades+ will come to Denver on September 27. The program will feature case studies covering Colorado State University’s Hydro Building, CCY ArchitectsDNA Alpine, and Meridian 105’s work on the Berkeley Hotel. The symposium will also incorporate several roundtable conversations covering climate resiliency, accreditation, building enclosure commissioning and the latest glazing research from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL).

The historic Chicago Tribune Tower was transformed into luxury real estate by Solomon Cordwell Buenz. (Dave Burk)

On October 6, Facades+ heads to Chicago, to highlight Solomon Cordwell Buenz’s (SCB) renovation of the historic Chicago Tribune Tower, CannonDesign’s new cancer research and treatment facility for the University of Chicago, Morris Adjmi Architect’s (MA) Fulton Row residential tower, and the Reed tower by Perkins&Will. A Keynote presentation will be delivered by Gordon Gill, founding partner of Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architects. Studio Gang will present a case study of the recently completed renovation and expansion of the Arkansas Museum of Fine Art. The symposium will also feature panel discussions covering bird-safe glazing, biophilic facade design, and glass specification.

The Lucas Museum of Narrative Art is expected to complete in 2025. (© 2022 JAKS Productions. Photo by Sand Hill Media/ Eric Furie)

On November 9 and 10, AN will host Facades+ Los Angeles, a two-day event consisting of a symposium and a full day of workshops. The symposium will showcase the latest in facade-forward design in Southern California, starting the day off with a case study of the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art from Stantec, a roundtable on biophilic design led by partners at RIOS, and an adaptive reuse project by Architectural Resources Group. In the afternoon, Amin Taha of the London firm GROUPWORK will deliver a keynote. This will be followed by a presentation on 1811 Sacramento, a high performance office building by Perkins&Will and a roundtable featuring Bill Zahner and other leaders in the facade manufacturing industry. In between symposium sessions, attendees will be able to visit the Methods & Material Gallery and hear from the industry’s leading facade manufacturers.

Facades+ will end 2023 in Seattle with presentations from LMN Architects and Richard Green of Green Facades. More firms and projects will be added to the program as the event gets closer.

Continue to follow AN for more updates, and preview the schedule for the remainder of 2023 here.

At the end of January, the 2024 lineup will kick off in San Francisco, followed in quick succession by conferences in Washington D.C., Dallas, and New York City next April. In 2024, The Architect’s Newspaper will bring Facades+ to Nashville and Vancouver for the first time in its 11 year history.