DAY 1 – 8 CEUs

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 explore innovative, sustainable design practices.

Symposium Agenda for November 14th

LA | THE EMERGING CITY

7:45 – 8:25am

Check in & Breakfast

8:25 – 8:35am

Welcome

Michael Volk

Michael Volk

Principal

Gensler

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CO-CHAIR

Olivier Sommerhalder

Olivier Sommerhalder

Principal

Gensler

Bio »

CO-CHAIR

8:35 – 8:40am

Diamond Presenting Partner by Vitro

Tan Diep

Tan Diep

National Sales Manager

Vitro

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8:40 – 8:50am

Civic Perspective

Christopher Hawthorne

Christopher Hawthorne

Chief Design Officer

City of Los Angeles

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8:50– 9:45am

OPENING KEYNOTE

The Skin is the Message

The facade, not just a skin, a material, a method, but it conveys the message the building wants to bring across.
What is our message, what do we dream about? To be more courageous, sustainable, critical, human, humorous, innovative, contextual, beautiful, transparent and much more.
So, how to make our dreams become reality? How to materialize our concepts?
All these dreams and more need manifest themselves in our concepts and our designs.

Fokke Moerel

Fokke Moerel

Principal

MVRDV

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9:45 – 10:35am

MATERIALS Materiality & Fabrication: Innovative Design Thinking and Execution.

These three panelists literally think out of the box, collaborating with architects and clients to meet challenging design problems with bespoke solutions, using digital fabrication and unique materials ranging from metal mesh systems, composites like GFRC and lightweight FRP cladding, to aluminum and concrete panels.

Bill Kreysler

Bill Kreysler

Founder

Kreysler & Associates

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David Freeland

David Freeland

Principal

FreelandBuck

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Bruce Nichol

Bruce Nichol

Principal & Founding Partner

Front

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10:35 – 10:45am

Methods+Materials Presentation by Neolith

Mario Ramirez

Mario Ramirez

West Coast Representative

Neolith

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10:45 – 11:15am

Networking Break | Methods and Materials Gallery

11:15 – 11:45am

The Firm Spotlight: Griffin Enright Architects

This progressive practice bridges the profession and the academy as active educators and researchers. They pursue unexpected solutions to transform overlooked conditions into landmark projects through their expertise in construction techniques and community engagement. Integrating ecologically responsible systems, they create new ways of thinking about facades in both small and large scale projects.

Margaret Griffin

Margaret Griffin

Co-founder/Principal

Griffin Enright Architects

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11:45am – 12:35pm

ENERGY Reducing the City’s Carbon Footprint through Facade Design

Buildings account for 39% of CO2 emissions in the US and the embodied energy in a curtainwall is a building’s second largest contributor to global warming. While operational energy efficiency is important we cannot overlook embodied energy in the construction process… as the new buildings we construct between now and 2050 will determine whether we prevent the worst effects of climate change. These leaders in sustainable design examine systems and materials which not only meet or exceed the California Energy Code, but minimize a building’s initial environmental impact through the reduction of carbon emissions.

Lisa Matthiessen

Lisa Matthiessen

National Sustainable Design Director

HGA

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Fabian Kremkus

Fabian Kremkus

Design Principal

CO Architects

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Dirk Kestner

Dirk Kestner

Director of Sustainable Design

Walter P Moore

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Peter Barsuk

Peter Barsuk

Principal

Gensler

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12:35 – 12:45pm

Methods+Materials Presentation by YKK

Jeanette Schieferle

Jeanette Schieferle

Architectural Sales Representative

YKK AP America Inc.

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12:45-1:30pm

Complimentary Networking Lunch

1:30-1:35pm

Remarks by Diana Darling

1:35 – 2:30pm
AFTERNOON KEYNOTE

Transmutations. From digital design to local fabrication.

Digital technology has transformed the way architecture imagines and produces documents for fabrication of the facade and building. Digital tools have allowed us to visualize and conceptualize design and architecture in a more sophisticated form. However, one of the big consequences around digital technification of buildings is the labor displacement of workers who have traditionally-learned construction techniques. Transmutations explores the learning process from technology to craft with its traditional techniques and how they both can be transformed in the process.

Michel Rojkind

Michel Rojkind

Architect

Rojkind Arquitectos & WeWork

Photo Credit: Santiago Ruiseñor

2:30-3:25pm

TYPOLOGY Hi Rise, Higher Density and its Impact on LA

The changing makeup of DTLA and KTown present new opportunities to transform not only LA’s image, but it’s quality of life by examining density. Mixed use, and large-scale Transit Oriented Developments create vertical neighborhoods of interactive public spaces, bringing a new vitality to formerly underutilized areas, while increasing use of public transit. Facade case studies will include the SOM/P-A-T-T-E-R-N-S collaboration Olympia and others.

Moderator: Olivier Sommerhalder

Christina Lee

Christina Lee

Vice President

Trammell Crow

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Georgina Huljich

Georgina Huljich

Principal, Managing Director

PATTERNS

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Michael Volk

Michael Volk

Principal

Gensler

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CO-CHAIR

3:25-3:35pm

Methods+Materials Presentation by Kuraray

Mark Jacobson

Mark Jacobson

Market Manager

North America, Trosifol®/Kuraray

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3:35-3:40pm

Remarks

Steve Schohan

Steve Schohan

Marketing and Communications

3:40-4:10pm

Networking Break | Methods and Materials Gallery

4:10-5:05pm

RE-USE Adaptive Reuse and Context

Adaptive reuse acknowledges the historic character and authentic materials of existing properties, which, when retrofit, allow for an extended, greener lifespan. These transformative projects are based on the “good bones” of the building. Creating contextual facade designs which are environmentally upgraded are the challenges met by these three panelists discussing the former Ford factory-turned Warner Music HQ, RowDTLA, and smaller residential and mid-size projects.

Moderator: Roger Sherman

Sebastian Salvadó

Sebastian Salvadó

Creative Director

Rios Clementi Hale Studios

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Jonah Sonnenborn

Jonah Sonnenborn

Head of Real Estate

Access Industries

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Roger Sherman

Roger Sherman

Design Director

Gensler
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MODERATOR

Russell Shubin

Russell Shubin

Founding Partner

ShubinDonaldson Architects
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5:05-5:15pm

Closing Remarks

Diana Darling, The Architect’s Newspaper

5:15-7:00pm

Cocktail Reception | Methods+Materials Gallery

*Schedule and speakers subject to change