October 20, 2020


Join Us in Portland

The program includes three sessions covering issues unique to the region, including innovative building skins, high performance facades, and the future face of Portland. 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

Thomas Robinson

Founding Principal

LEVER Architecture


7:30 – 8:30am

Check-in & Breakfast | Methods+Materials Gallery

8:30 – 8:40am

Dionne Darling
VP, Brand Partnerships
The Architect's Newspaper
Thomas Robinson
Founding Principal
LEVER Architecture

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.

Isaac Campbell
Office 52 Architecture
Michelle LaFoe
Office 52 Architecture
Caitlin Ranson
Hacker Architects
Jen Marchesani
Vice President Sales & Marketing
Shildan Group

9:40 – 10:10am

Networking Break | Methods and Materials Gallery

10:10 – 11:20am

The use of timber for both structural and facade systems is growing rapidly in North America. The Pacific Northwest is a leader of this trend, both in completed projects and research. This panel will focus on Lever Architecture’s Nature Conservancy HQ, built of glulam columns and CLT roof panels and clad in perforated weathering steel panels, and RDH’s research on panelized timber as demonstrated by Brock Commons.

Thomas Robinson
Founding Principal
LEVER Architecture
Dave Young
Principal & Senior Building Science Specialist
Jack McCutcheon
Structural Designer

11:10 – 11:40am

Networking Break | Methods and Materials Gallery

11:40am – 12:40pm

This panel includes a joint presentation by Ennead Architects and Thorntom Tomasetti on their open-jointed fritted glass double skin for the Knight Campus. Allied Works will dive into the design and engineering of the UHPC brise-soleil of the U.S. Embassy Mozambique.

Jarrett Pelletier
Associate Principal
Ennead Architects
Morgan Reynolds
Thornton Tomasetti
Kyle Lommen
Allied Works

12:50 – 1:00pm

Dionne Darling
VP, Brand Partnerships
The Architect's Newspaper

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

This presentation will examine the safety concerns around glass in railing systems and the new building code requirements that address the use of these systems. The results of impact testing will be presented. In addition,the need to verify the compatibility of sealants and grouts will be discussed.

Learning Objectives:

  • Learn about laminated glass interlayers and the role they play in glass retention after breakage.
  • Identify building codes and standards that are directed toward glass railings in buildings.
  • Recognize the difference in post-breakage performance of glass types in minimally supported glass systems.
  • Recognize the importance of specifying the quality of the glass and verifying compatibility of grouts and sealants that come in contact with laminated glass.


Private: Mark Jacobson
Market Manager - North America