Empowering the Facade Design Community
Facades+ is the leading conference on performance and design of the building envelope. The unique cross-over of attending professionals brings together a unique brain-trust from the fields of architecture, engineering, construction, fabrication, development and education. Be inspired and learn how to innovate all steps of facade implementation—from systems and materials to designs and delivery strategies.
New York City Featured Presenters
Director, Studio Odile DECQ
Decq is an internationally renowned French architect and landscape designer. Awarded with the Golden Lion of Architecture at the Venice Biennale in 1996, she has designed several buildings that have marked contemporary architecture, as the MACRO, Contemporary Museum in Rome or the Administration Centre of the Banque Populaire de l’Ouest in France. Decq became a Chevalier of the Legion d’Honneur in 2003 and received the International Fellowship of the Royal Institute of British Architects in 2007. She has been also very committed to teaching architecture for the past 20 years. In 2014, she created and launched her own school of architecture, Confluence, in Lyon, France.
Director, Thomas Phifer and Partners
Phifer approaches modernism from a humanistic standpoint, connecting the built environment to the natural world with a heightened sense of openness and community spirit based on a collaborative, interdisciplinary process. He founded his New York-based firm Thomas Phifer and Partners in 1997. Recently completed projects include the Corning Museum of Glass expansion and the United States Courthouse in Salt Lake City, UT. The firm is currently designing the Cine Colombia headquarters in Bogotá, Colombia and an outdoor performance pavilion and pedestrian bridge for Waller Creek in Austin, TX, as well as numerous private residences. Phifer’s buildings have been repeatedly honored by the AIA, including eight AIA National Honor Awards and fourteen AIA New York Honor Awards. He was awarded the Medal of Honor from the AIA New York in 2004 and received the prestigious Rome Prize from the American Academy in Rome in 1996.
COO, Werner Sobek
Prandelli leads the New York branch of Werner Sobek. Founded in 1992, the studio provides structural, facade engineering, and energy assessment services, with particular focus on facade systems design and sustainable technologies. Prandelli specializes in complex geometry skins and the research of alternative materials for enhanced performances. Her project involvement has varied ranging from a mixture of residential, high rise, commercial developments to cultural, civic and public use projects in the East Coast, United Kingdom, Middle-East and Far East. She is an adjunct professor at the GSAPP at Columbia University, and holds a Master Degree in Building Engineering from the Politecnico di Milano.
JAMES VON KLEMPERER
President and Design Principal, Kohn Pedersen Fox
Von Klemperer began as a young architect with KPF in 1983. His work ranges in scale from a house to a city, and he contributes closely to these efforts from conception to completion. In addition to focusing on his own projects, he leads the community of designers within the firm in exploring shared architectural agendas and goals. As President of the firm, he is responsible for leading the staff of 700 people in 6 offices around the world. A major focus of von Klemperer’s work has been to heighten the role that large buildings play in making urban space.
L. WILLIAM ZAHNER
CEO/President, A. Zahner Company
Zahner and his 119- year-old firm have received numerous honors and awards for their extensive design build work around the world. He is a world-renowned lecturer on the design and use of architectural metal, digital definition, and 3D engineering means and methods. He has authored two books and numerous articles which are the ‘comprehensive guides’ describing the use of metal in architecture, sharing his wealth of knowledge derived from being a fourth-generation expert. Zahner is also an accomplished sculptor and has served on the Advisory Board of several prestigious organizations including University of Kansas School of Engineering, Comfort the Children International, and Kansas City Design Center.
Principal, James Carpenter Design Associates
Carpenter is president and founder of James Carpenter Design Associates. His study of architecture and art led to the founding of his studio, which for over thirty five years has been working with institutional and private clients to create a synthesis of experiential light in architecture and the built environment. Carpenter is the recipient of numerous awards including the American Academy of Arts and Letters Architecture Award, the American Institute of Architects Honor Award and a MacArthur Foundation Fellowship.
Partner, Selldorf Architects
Lopergolo is a licensed architect with 25 years of experience and has been with the firm for fifteen years. She works closely with Annabelle Selldorf on the design for all of the firm’s major projects including large-scale new construction and cultural facilities. Lopergolo has significant experience with ground-up construction having served as Partner-in-Charge on all of the firm’s condominium designs, as well as other large-scale projects such as the Sunset Park Material Recovery Facility in Brooklyn and the David Zwirner Gallery. She received a Bachelor of Architecture from Syracuse University, and has studied and worked in England, Italy, and Japan.
Founding Design Partner, Principal, Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates
William Pedersen is the founding design partner of Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates (KPF), which he started with A. Eugene Kohn and Sheldon Fox in 1976. Fourteen years later, the firm became the youngest firm to receive the National AIA Firm Award for design excellence. Of particular concern Pedersen has been the development of what the “fundamental building block of the modern city”: the high-rise commercial office building. He has sought ways for buildings of this seemingly-mundane type to gesture and connect to other participants so that each does not stand in isolation from its neighbors, but rather joins them in an active architectural conversation. During his career with KPF, Pedersen has received seven National AIA Design Awards for architectural design work he has directed.
8 AIA HSW CEUs
Lab Workshop participants select one of the daylong workshops in which they work closely with industry professionals on hands-on assignments that will help develop valuable skills necessary in the delivery of cutting edge facade technologies.
*Presenters subject to change
Allan Horton, AIA
Associate, Davis Brody Bond