The Next-Generation Facade Conference: 2018

Event Title: The Next-Generation Facade Conference
Date: Friday, February 23, 2018, 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Location: The TimesCenter, 242 West 41st Street, New York
Sponsor: The Ornamental Metal Institute of New York


A panel of some of the best known experts in sustainable design will discuss concepts of integrating building curtain wall and structure to meet future energy goals.

Professional registration is $100. 2018 competition entrants may register for free.

Questions? Email or contact Gary Higbee at (212) 697-5554

Event Program

8:00 AM – Registration Opens (refreshments offered)

8:30-8:45 AM – Introduction by Gary Higbee, AIA, Director of Industry Development, Ornamental Metal Institute of New York

8:45-9:30 AM – Keynote – Vivian Loftness, FAIA, University Professor and Paul Mellon Chair in Architecture, Carnegie Mellon University presents “Reinventing Facades for Resiliency, Health and Productivity”
Dynamic building facades are the key to resiliency, energy and water resources as well as to human health and productivity. It is time to fully set aside the static façade – be it all glass or windowless, punched or striped with openings. This presentation will introduce the human and environmental benefits of dynamic facades. Dynamic facades can ensure daylight without glare, natural ventilation in collaboration with mechanical systems, shading without the loss of biophilic views, facades that load balance from core to perimeter and day to night, and facades that integrate HVAC and renewable energies. The benefits can be captured in the triple bottom line – a dramatic change in decision-making that truly reflects financial capital, environmental capital and human capital. International research reveals a breadth of gains for energy, carbon and environmental quality as well as gains for the human visual, endocrine, respiratory, and musculo-skeletal systems. The design of the next generation of dynamic, high performance facades is truly critical to long term environmental quality as well as to human health, productivity and future aspirations.


9:30-10:00 AM – Approaches to Integrated Facades –Phillip Anzalone, AIA, Professor of Architectural Technology, New York City College of Technology – CUNY
Phillip Anzalone, AIA, Professor of Architectural Technology, New York City College of Technology – CUNY, will review case studies from around the world to illustrate the different strategies employed in facades that enhance health and well being for building occupants.

10:00-10:30 AM – Networking Break with Refreshments

10:30-11:30 AM – Panel Discussion
Moderator: Phillip Anzalone, AIA, Professor of Architectural Technology, New York City College of Technology – CUNY
The jury of the Metals in Construction magazine 2018 Design Challenge will discuss the winner and finalists of the competition:

Areta Pawlynsky, AIA, Heintges
Melissa Wong, LEED AP, BECxP, CxA+BE, Thornton Tomasetti
Yalin Uluaydin, Eckersley O’Callaghan
Tali Mejicovsky, PE, LEED AP, CPEng, Arup
Aulikki Sonntag, Facade Engineering and Design

11:30-12:00 PM – Awarding the grand prize for the Metals in Construction 2018 Design Challenge
In the culminating event of its 2018 design challenge, Metals in Construction magazine will announce the decision it reached, with the support of the jury, regarding the award of the grand prize. The jury and the moderator will remain onstage to present the awards to the finalists and grand prize winner and respond to questions from the audience.

Closing Remarks
An announcement by the publisher of Metals in Construction about the magazine’s upcoming 2019 Design Challenge. Next year’s challenge will be sponsored by the Steel Institute of New York, which together with the Ornamental Metal Institute of New York has published Metals in Construction for the New York design and construction industry since 1972.


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