San Francisco


January 31, 2020

Holiday Inn Golden Gateway


Join Us in San Francisco

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

Brad Jacobson




7:30 – 8:30am

Check-in & Breakfast | Methods+Materials Gallery

8:30 – 8:40am

Dionne Darling
VP, Brand Partnerships
The Architect's Newspaper
Brad Jacobson

8:40 – 8:45am

Jamilla Walcott
Director of Marketing and Product Management

8:45 – 9:45am

The rise of the custom manufacture of facade and structural components is raising the bar for kinetic design. This panel will hone in on two innovative case studies; the renovation of Seattle’s Space Needle and the soon to be complete Uber HQ in San Francisco. Joint presentations will be led by Olson Kundig principal Blair Payson and Fives Lund senior engineer Wade Morris, and SHoP Architects associate principal Shannon Han and Heintges senior principal Karen Brandt.

Jeffrey Heller
Heller Manus Architects
Bob Hale
Principal & Creative Director
Rios Clementi Hale Studios
Lynne Riesselman
Associate Principal
Eric Lundquist
Heller Manus Architects

9:45 – 10:05am

Networking Break | Methods and Materials Gallery

10:05 – 11:05am

Downtown San Francisco is undergoing an impressive phase of development, which includes the construction of ground-up buildings shifting from the paradigm of flat-glass facades to hybrid opaque projects with complex facade geometries. This panel brings together the architects and facade consultants of two recent projects; Studio Gang and Heintges for the twisting and metal-clad Mira Tower; and Handel Architects and WJE’s GFRC-mounted 950 Market Street.

Karen Brandt
Senior Principal
Steve Wiesenthal
Studio Gang
David Green
George Tolosa
Handel Architects
Ivan Chabra

11:05 – 11:25am

Networking Break | Methods and Materials Gallery

11:25am – 12:25pm

Architectural heritage is often characterized as an impediment to the architectural development of urban areas. However, ongoing criticism lodged at the carbon footprint associated with demolition and reconstruction, and the reappraisal of historic structures, is fostering a profound movement towards restoration and adaptive re-use. The projects on this panel provide two in-depth perspectives on this phenomenon; Simpson Gumpertz & Heger’s facade restoration campaign of the sprawling Pacific Gas & Electric Building, and the ongoing re-clad of 633 Folsom Street by Gensler, Atelier Ten, and the Swig Company.

James Mendygral
Associate Principal
Lauren J. DiCenzo
Project Consultant
Deborah Boyer
Executive Vice President
The Swig Company
Brent Van Gunten
Technical Director

12:25 – 12:35pm

Diana Darling
CEO & Creative Director
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 course explores how the use of color and coil and extrusion coated metal building products can help bring your façade design to life.

Learning Objectives

  • Understand what coil and extrusion coatings are and why they matter.
  • Review coil and extrusion coating methods and end-use applications.
  • Explore how color and metal coatings can be used to design visually impactful building facades.
  • Discuss coating performance and how to specify the right coating for your next project.
Robin Bartelman
Architectural Manager, West Coast + Canada
Sherwin Williams

Storefront framing and curtain wall, and the risks of using storefront where curtain wall is required; The influence of wind load upon curtain wall selection, the importance of properly securing the curtain wall to the surrounding condition and following the manufacturer’s installation instructions; The effects of wind load and dead load on architectural aluminum framing systems, key terminology and performance characteristics; Benefits of a thermal barrier in aluminum fenestration systems.

Learning Objectives

  • Understand what a Storefront System is and how is it best utilized in a commercial project?
  • Understand what a Curtain Wall System is and how is it best utilized in a commercial project?
  • Identify the main Drivers that must be considered when deciding between Storefront or Curtain Wall?
  • Understand the consequences of selecting the wrong system.
Ashley Clark
National Architectural Manager