Ft. Lauderdale


March 13, 2020

Le Meridien Dania Beach


Join Us in Ft. Lauderdale

The program includes three sessions covering issues unique to the region, including innovative building skins, high performance facades, and the future face of Ft. Lauderdale. These well-rounded, expert dialogues will inform and inspire.

The Facades+ conference series is a robust dialogue encompassing all things building skin—bridging the profession, industry, academia, operations, and ownership. We’ve distilled the best of the Facades+ 2-day event into a quick-take morning forum with a strong local flair.

Earn up to 7 AIA CEUs

Remain registered to practice with continuing education credits

Attendees Include

  • AIA Members
  • Architects
  • Architecture Students and Faculty
  • Building Envelope Specialists
  • Construction Professionals
  • Developers
  • Engineers
  • Manufacturers
  • Materials Specialists

Conference Co-Chair

Igor Reyes




7:30 – 8:30am

Check-in & Breakfast | Methods+Materials Gallery

8:30 – 8:40am

Igor Reyes

8:40 – 9:40am

A deep dive into facade materials and forms that stand up to the ever-changing climate challenges of South Florida. Case studies include Touzet’s Mary Street adaptive reuse, Coconut Grove Station’s resilient mixed-use with affordable housing, co-living and retail along transit, and Brooks+Scarpa’s So. Florida Community Land Trust affordable housing, the Mennillo Art Museum and Hollywood Art & Culture Center, plus how architects can help set guidelines and principles for development of a sustainable and resilient built environment.

Jacqueline Gonzalez Touzet
Founding Principal
Touzet Studio
Jeffrey E. Huber
Brooks + Scarpa Architects & FAU
Henry Rueda
FIU College of Architecture

9:40 – 10:20am

Networking Break | Methods and Materials Gallery

10:20 – 11:20am

Evolving from gritty grafitti-ed warehouses to hotels and office towers, new buildings utilize the building envelope to mirror and enrich this unique urban arts district. Projects to be discussed are the Arlo Hotel, 545 WYN, a Class A office building, and The Dorsey, a mixed-use development.

Claudio Salazar
Associate, Project Designer
Paulina Szpiech
Buro Happold
Raymond Fort
Senior Associate
Victor Sanchez
Director of Construction
Goldman Properties

11:20 – 11:50am

Networking Break | Methods and Materials Gallery

11:50am – 12:50pm

The architects and facade consultants examine the first hi-rise facade, the Paramount tower’s, on this 27 acre “new downtown”, built to comply with new zoning created to engage pedestrians and create a new cityscape. We examine how the Paramount’s team met the challenges of transitions from parking, retail, residences and tower with scale, texture and materiality.

Jeff Sakowitz
Senior Associate
Elkus Manfredi Architects
Danilo Nanni
Associate Principal
Danny Fattal
Senior Associate
ODP Architects

12:50 – 1:00pm

Igor Reyes

1:00 – 4:00pm


Logo Earn up to 4

As the built environment becomes more complex, so too are the systems are used to create them. During this afternoon’s topics we will learn from industry experts on how these systems can contribute to a sustainable building envelope, such as firestop systems that ensure occupant’s safety, self-cleaning facade panels and smart tinting glass technologies to ensure occupant comfort.

Today’s high-performance building enclosures demand high performance fire protection! The development of new “Hybrid Window Wall designs” has created issues on projects throughout North America. Curtain wall consultants and Authorities Having Jurisdiction (AHJ’s) are requiring tested firestop solutions for this growing wall type. Fully understanding the role and value of perimeter fire barrier systems in today’s ever changing and complex designs cannot be overstated. As the industry changes almost on a monthly basis, understanding how to maintain the integrity of a non-rated hybrid window wall system for up to 2 hours is critical in the design phase to eliminate costly changes, delays, and compromised life safety requirements during construction. Key topics are outlined below and will be discussed in detail incorporating PowerPoint & video.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understanding the issues and concerns of new Hybrid Window Wall designs
  • Importance of testing for Hybrid Window Wall designs
    • Understanding ASTM E2307 and the Intermediate Scale Multi-Story Test Apparatus
    • Understanding the sequencing and installation of tested solutions
    • Documenting the performance of a successful perimeter fire barrier test
  • Common misconceptions about Hybrid Window Wall designs
Eric Lacroix
Director, Strategic Accounts Construction
STI Specified Technologies