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.


Earn up to 8 AIA HSW LU.

8:00 - 9:30 AM PST

Check-in & Breakfast | Methods+Materials Gallery

9:30 - 9:40 AM

  • Co-Chair
    Adaeze Cadet AIA, NOMA, NCARB, LEED BD+C
    Design Principal
  • Dionne Darling
    VP, Brand Partnerships

9:40 - 9:45 AM

  • Steve Schohan
    Marketing & Communications Manager

9:45 - 10:00 AM

Mic Patterson, co-founder of the Facade Tectonics Institute will kick off the day with his thoughts on the current state of the building enclosure design, AEC industry challenges, his predictions for the next decade, and his excitement for the world’s first Building Envelope certificate program at USC’s School of Architecture.

10:00 - 10:40 AM

The Dr Allen & Charlotte Ginsburg Human-Centered Computation Hall is the new, state-of-the-art home for the University of Southern California’s Department of Computer Science. This seven-story, 116,000-square-foot complex serves as a living lab for sustainability and an incubator of innovative technologies to help solve global challenges.

The building exterior is a contemporary interpretation of the Italianate Romanesque style of USC’s historic University Park Campus. Featuring a palette of brick and high-performance glazing, the façade responds to the differing environmental conditions and program elements on each orientation. The building’s curtainwalls surround social and collaborative spaces, balancing solar gain, daylight, and views, while providing thermal buffer porches to the laboratories beyond. This allows the building to meet specific energy target goals and enhance occupant health and well-being.

Once complete, the project will become USC’s first LEED Platinum-certified building and will inform the design and construction of campus facilities in the future.

  • Paul Woolford
  • Sean Quinn
    Director of Regenerative Design
  • Co-Chair
    David Frey AIA, LEED AP BD+C
    Technical Principal

10:40 - 11:10 AM

Methods+Materials Gallery Break

11:10 AM - 12:10 PM

It is a fact that new buildings in California must optimize their operational and embodied carbon. Hear these leaders discuss the challenges and opportunities as the AEC goes into the bold new future of NZE and a decarbonizing envelope design that puts energy first. Sandeep Ahuja, co-founder of covetool will discuss the opportunities in creating better tools and models and Shara Castillo (ZGF) and Jennifer Hoover (Hensel Phelps) will dive into the recently completed  California Air Resources Board’s New Riverside HQ which is the largest true net-zero energy facility of its type.

  • Sandeep Ahuja
  • Shara Castillo
  • Jennifer Hoover, LEED AP
    Area Superintendent
  • Moderator
    Forrest Zhang

12:10 - 12:40 PM

This roundtable with leading building materials manufacturers will discuss the advanced materials newly available and just around the corner. Learn how architect’s can work together to build with the latest, most up-to-date technologies and projects

  • Bob Zhang
    Sales Director | North America
  • Erin Gosende Lindsay
    Project Manager
  • Joe Fitzpatrick, EVP
  • Moderator
    Aaron Seward
    Editor in Chief

12:40 - 1:20 PM

Complimentary Networking Lunch | Methods+Materials Gallery Break

1:20 - 1:30 PM

  • Trevor Hall
    Southern California National Architect Manager

1:30 - 2:30 PM

Award-winning architects Taller de Arquitectura Mauricio Rocha + Gabriela Carrillo have produced some of Mexico’s most exciting buildings in the past decades. Learn about Mauricio Rocha’s unique approach to design through some of the most material, textural, and inspired facades.

  • Keynote
    Mauricio Rocha
  • Moderator
    Aaron Seward
    Editor in Chief

2:30 - 2:50 PM

Methods+Materials Gallery Break

2:50 PM - 3:50 PM

Interest in Hybrid and Mass Timber Structures has taken off across the US, and Southern California has some of the most stunning examples to date. 843 Spring by LEVER Architects and Resnick Sustainability Resource Center at Caltech by Yazdani Studio & CannonDesign will be presented by their designers as they reveal all the details on these nearly complete projects.

  • Thomas Robinson, AIA
    Founding Principal
  • Joe O’Neill
    Senior Vice President
  • Craig Booth
  • Moderator
    Frank Cauthen
    Sr. Associate

3:50 - 4:30 PM

Complex structures require intense and real-time coordination between designer, engineer, fabricator, and contractor. This complexity requires part of the process be managed by each party in new and novel ways to ensure the delivery of the final project. Join the team responsible for the Google Bay View and how they actually achieved such a complex building envelope and the unique problems they solved.

  • Chris McAnneny
    Sr. Associate
  • James Coleman
    Vice President of Innovation
  • Irene Martin
    Senior Facade Engineer
  • Tim Fuller, PE
    Senior Engineer
  • Co-Chair
    David Frey AIA, LEED AP BD+C
    Technical Principal

4:30 - 4:45 PM

  • Co-Chair
    David Frey AIA, LEED AP BD+C
    Technical Principal
  • Dionne Darling
    VP, Brand Partnerships
1:00 - 2:00 PM - Workshop
2:00 - 3:00 PM - Workshop
3:00 - 4:00 PM - Workshop
4:00 - 5:00 PM - Workshop