at New York Law School

In-depth dialog with leading architects, fabricators, developers and engineers

Facades+ workshops feature an intimate class size and hands-on learning to create an environment conductive to innovation and creative problem-solving. Learn crucial skills & tools to advance your practice.

Workshop Schedule

  • 8:00-8:30 Check-in & Coffee
  • 9:00 Morning Workshops Begin Promptly
  • 10:45 Networking & Refreshment Break
  • 12:30 Complimentary Networking Lunch
  • 1:30 Afternoon Workshops Begin
  • 3:15 Networking and Refreshment Break
  • 5:00 Workshops End
Pick a Morning and Afternoon Session to Best Match your Interests.

Meals are included for this full day of learning with the AEC Industry’s Best.

Morning Session (Choose one from the following)

A. Curtain Wall Systems from Sketch to Completion 101

Richard Braunstein, YKK AP
Bart Harrington, YKK AP

Workshop Description
This workshop is the first of a two part workshop series and is the introduction to the afternoon session H. titled “Stick Built Curtain Walls Interactive”. Attendees will learn curtain wall terminology, understand different curtain wall construction methods, glazing methods , and the fundamentals of curtain wall design and engineering.
* This Session continues with Session H. “Stick-Built Curtain Walls Interactive”
B. Advanced Detailing for High-Performance Envelopes

Chris O’Hara, Studio NYL
Brad Prestbo, Sasaki
Stan Su, Morphosis

Workshop Description
The Advanced Detailing Workshop is interactive and will offer attendees a hands-on experience in developing exterior envelope details. This workshop is perfect for all experience levels, from emerging professionals who will gain insights into the fundamentals of detailing to intermediate and expert practitioners who want to explore advances in building tectonics. The workshop will be divided up into three parts: a group discussion on fundamental detailing principals, case study examples of how those principles are employed, and a hands-on session where we reverse-engineer details from notable projects.
C. Disrupting the Status Quo: Discover How Bold Thinkers Design, Develop, and Deliver Tomorrow’s Complex Facades

Anthony Birchler, Zahner
Heath May, HKS
Jon Bailey, HKS
James Warton, HKS

Workshop Description
Innovative techniques, cutting-edge technologies, and novel material applications are expanding the way we design and deliver complex facades. Consider the evolving roles of architects, fabricators and other stakeholders in the shifting project ecosphere – how do we, as diverse and disparate teams, achieve a high level of collaboration to continue pushing past the boundaries of what’s possible in the built environment? Through in-depth case studies of several high-profile (some still covert) projects, we will explore processes and techniques that will make you think differently about our industry. Expect the unexpected in this open dialog format. Participants will gain knowledge of new material, process, and fabrication methods while engaging in thought provoking discourse.
D. Cold-Bent Glass – Trouble with the Curve

Morgan Reynolds, Thornton Tomasetti
James Richardson, Thornton Tomasetti

Workshop Description
Recent trends in architectural geometry have driven demand for curved glass in facades. Free-form geometries can be achieved through the use of warm-bending techniques, developed through decades of research. However, production costs of warm-bent glass are often prohibitively high compared to traditional flat glass and strict manufacturing and installation tolerances are required.
Cold bending of glass allows for glass curvature to be achieved with relatively low additional cost, but is limited to single curvature applications. The development of new computational tools in the design of free-form architectural geometry allows for double curved forms to be approximated using singly-curved faceting. These developments open up a large array of applications for cold-bent glass where previously geometric restrictions were prohibitive.
In this workshop, basic principles of cold-bending are discussed, allowing architects, façade engineers and structural designers to consider the potential realm of application of these types of solutions. Computational tools for the design of cold-bent glass solutions, and design methodologies will be explained in detail. Attendees will be presented with the architectural and structural design of several case studies, typical detailing, system requirements and performance data.
E. Mind the Gap: Achieving Enclosure Innovation Through Integrated Design

Silvia Prandelli, Walter P Moore
Kevin Schorn, Renzo Piano
Marc Zimmer, Frener & Reifer

Workshop Description
Contemporary building skins require architects, engineers and contractors to collaborate to fulfill the design intent while meeting commercial constraints and performance requirements. This workshop will explore how different parties of the enclosure industry can work together bridging the gap between design and construction and more traditional contractual relationships. Participants will learn how traditional project roles can be revised to deliver innovative, add value solutions.
F. Alethic Forms: Hybridized Expressions in Performance-Driven Skyscrapers

Neil Katz, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill
Daniel Inocente, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill
Cong Ye, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill
Max Haney, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill
Changjiang Zhou, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill

Workshop Description
This workshop will be a journey through the sincerity of form, sharing concurrent design and engineering approaches to designing some of the most elegant skyscrapers in the world. The session will begin with a retrospective on process, followed by a series of recent projects that will provide insights into establishing fundamental drivers for skyscrapers, computational techniques and integrating structural performance as a mechanism of expression. Participants will learn about convergent Architecture & Engineering workflows in practice, computational modeling techniques for tall building enclosures and how engineering principles are applied to digital design methodologies. We will also illustrate the design convergence with structural analysis and design optimization. This will be followed by the illustration of an interactive design process and digital delivery strategy for a recent skyscraper concept. There will be a final session for discussion with participants to examine and evaluate the work and procedures demonstrated throughout the workshop.
G. Innovations in Manufacturing
Innovations in Manufacturing Sessions bring together leading manufacturers who are driving materials and design research. This session will offer three 1-hr deep-dives into the material, applications, and product innovations from a select group of our Methods+Materials Exhibitors.

1. Understanding Perimeter Fire Barrier Systems in the Modern Age: Maintaining Integrity in Today’s Complex Designs

Instructor: Eric La Croix, STI Firestop

Workshop Description
Fully understanding the role and value of perimeter fire barrier systems in today’s ever changing and complex designs cannot be overstated. Small panel sizes, flush sill heights, curved and angled designs, exposed anchors, and steel backpan designs have made a difficult situation even more critical. As the industry changes almost on a monthly basis, understanding how to maintain the integrity of a non-rated curtain wall system for up to 4 hours is critical in the design phase to eliminate costly changes, delays, and compromised life safety requirements during construction.Key topics covering codes, new ASTM testing requirements, the growing concern for “connection protection”, and an in depth review of the 4 most common issues during construction will be discussed in detail incorporating PowerPoint & video.

Topics for Discussion:

  • Welcome
  • Understanding new code requirements
  • Importance of UL testing for perimeter fire barrier systems
  • Designing for success:
    • Key design points on standard aluminum frame designs
    • Understanding the complexity of unitized backpan designs
2. Ultra-Thin Prestressed Precast Technology

Instructor: Joe Fattore. Architectural Sales Specialist, High Concrete Group LLC

Workshop Description
This one-hour AIA CEU presentation will introduce the concept and benefits of ultra-thin prestressed precast concrete in architectural applications, outline the general manufacturing process and design/cost considerations, detail several possible connection and fastening systems, and look at architectural façade projects and case studies.
3. Understanding Low-E Coatings

Instructor: Steve Cohen, Vitro

Workshop Description
Learn how high-performance architectural glass can significantly improve the energy efficiency of buildings while reducing their operating costs and carbon emissions.
* This Session continues with Session M. “Innovations in Manufacturing 2”

Afternoon Session (Choose one from the following)

H. Stick-Built Curtain Walls Interactive 102

Bart Harrington, YKK AP
Richard Braunstein, YKK AP

Workshop Description
This hands on workshop will enable attendees to learn first hand critical
areas of curtain wall installation and troubleshooting. Curtain wall system
mockups will be assembled, installed, and glazed with some attendee
participation to demonstrate different system types and installation
* This is the continuation of session A. “Curtain Wall Systems from Sketch to Completion”
I. The Future of ETFE Skins – Innovation in Design, Engineering, Materials and Fabrication

Sanjeev Tankha, Walter P Moore
Jeff Thompson, Walter P Moore
Alexander Jafari, Vector Foiltec

Workshop Description
ETFE is a lightweight, transparent membrane skin material that is continuing to gain popularity across a wide range of project typologies and scales. This workshop will focus on exposing attendees to emerging processes and technologies that are shaping the future of ETFE skins. The workshop will host industry experts with experience in design, engineering, material science and fabrication. The speakers will showcase insights into advancements and opportunities for innovation in ETFE skins, ranging from new material properties, to computational design methods and digital workflows, as well as advanced manufacturing and fabrication methods.
J. Combining Performance and Design in Custom Facade Systems

Scott Bondi SGH
Sean M. O’Brien, SGH
Ekta Desai, Ten Arquitectos

Workshop Description
Custom glazing and wall systems have become more prevalent in recent years, driven by designers aiming to achieve a certain form or to integrate architectural features into these systems. Designing custom enclosure systems, such as structural glass walls or unitized curtain walls, is a complex task that varies widely from project to project, often depending on the architectural goals and related constraints. As with standard systems, designers often first consider performance criteria such as wind loads, wind-driven rain resistance, and thermal performance. In addition, there are fabrication limits, and installation constraints which can impact the allowable system types. This session examines a case study and the process of building enclosure design for custom glazed curtain wall from start to finish including the architectural, enclosure engineering and energy impacts shat should be considered.
K. Domino Site A: Big Area Additive Manufacturing (BAAM) & When and Why to Use It

Pam Campbell, COOKFOX
Hale Everets, Two Trees
Diana Hun, Oak Ridge National Labratory
Mo Wright, Gate Precast
Doug Floury, Gate Precast

Workshop Description
L. Complex Facades Made Simple, and Without Losing Their Mojo.

Benson Bright Gillespie, Surface Design Group
Molly Forr Surface Design Group

Workshop Description
In this workshop we will take a deep dive into the factors that drive the increasing complexity of building enclosures, and the strategies and tools which can be used to simplify the facade without sacrificing design or performance. The workshop will be in both a presentation and discussion format. Participants will get a broad overview of typical façade types and functional principles, as well as the technical demands and challenges of designing modern building enclosures. Case studies will be presented that demonstrate how these factors impact the design, fabrication and installation of the façade, and the strategies use to simplify these processes.
M. Innovations in Manufacturing 2
Innovations in Manufacturing Sessions bring together leading manufacturers who are driving materials and design research. This session will offer three 1-hr deep-dives into the material, applications, and product innovations from a select group of our Methods+Materials Exhibitors.

1. Sintered Compact Surfaces for Building Facades

Instructor: Travis Conrad, Neolith

Workshop Description
NEOLITH® (meaning New Stone) is pioneering a revolutionary new product category that is born in the last decade in order to effectively respond to the most demanding architectural and interior design needs. Designed and produced in Spain, NEOLITH® is a 100% natural product with extraordinary physical and mechanical characteristics that make it an ideal material for virtually limitless indoor and outdoor applications. 

Topics for Discussion:

  1. Identify and recognize the characteristics and beneficial properties of sintered compact surfaces.
  2. Investigate the manufacturing process of sintered compact surfaces and the suitability of the product to both interior and exterior building applications.How are Sintered Compact Surfaces Manufactured?
  3. Assess the functional contributions of Sintered Compact Surfaces as they contribute to green and sustainable building design.
  4. Specify sintered compact surfaces in a variety of green and conventional buildings and formulate appropriate selections related to specific applications.
2. Designing Innovative Façades for Education

Instructor: Chris Keller, Kawneer

Workshop Description
Designing for educational buildings is evolving. Architects must take into account various factors such as occupant security, safety, and comfort in addition to sustainability and accessibility. 

This course will provide a high-level look at a variety of factors that go into protecting what’s inside our educational facilities, the codes that propel them and the range of solutions designed to address them.

Learning Objectives:

  • Identify and understand the methods to properly manage and enhance occupant comfort and wellness.
  • Learn the meaning of accessibility within the Education vertical and how to design with accessibility in mind.
  • Gain greater knowledge of how to address occupant safety and security.
  • Garner a deeper understanding of sustainability and thermal performance for efficiency as it relates to building in the Education sector.
3. TBA
* This is the continuation of session G. “Innovations in Manufacturing”

* Workshops and Instructors Subject to Change *

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