ETEM’S International Façade Engineering Conference takes place on October 21, 2017. Every other year, this market-leading event brings together high profile figures and specialists in the field of architecture to explore façade themes. The sessions delve into the latest trends in façade engineering, the most cutting edge ideas and concepts, as well as topics of urban environment development and contemporary building technologies.
ETEM’s event is now a global forum, attracting internationally renowned experts from all over the world. The speakers present theories and ideas alongside conceptual engineering solutions, all designed to inspire and excite an international audience of attendees. The conference is not just about knowledge sharing and ideas development but networking too, with many opportunities for making connections and discussing new ideas.
The quality of former speakers illustrates the excellence of the event. For example, in 2015 at the 3rd Façade Conference, keynote speakers included Kas Oosterhuis, co-founder of Oosterhuis Lénárd studio, Tobias Wallisser, a founder of LAVA, and Thorsten Helbig representing Knnipers Helbig Advanced Engineering. 400+ guests from the building industry attended the event in Sofia, as well as many other institutional representatives and architects.
The 2017 conference promises to be the best yet, providing a platform for many well known figures from architecture and façade engineering. A dynamic programme of carefully tailored topics will include presentations, sessions, and plenty of opportunity for networking. This year’s speaker line-up features renowned experts from various industries offering a fresh viewpoint on the latest trends and design innovations. These are just a few of them:
Engineer Mathieu Meur, a Technical Director at the DP Architects Studio, Singapore who specialises in façade engineering in the context of sustainable design.
The ongoing Dubai Mall project is the biggest mall in the world, the most significant DP Architects construction by far and one of Mr Meur’s own projects. The immense shopping centre, which spans 550,000+ square metres, is a ‘town built within another town,’ home to a wide variety of shopping, entertainment, and leisure opportunities. In 2013, it was the most visited tourist spot on the planet with more than 75 million visitors in total.
DP Architects is an architectural bureau often described as a leader in the construction of large scale projects - such as the Dubai Mall - where sustainable design and a focus on environment and surroundings feature. Many of the studio’s current projects are on the same immense scale, such as the mixed-use housing complex in Singapore that is part of Resorts World Sentosa. Resorts World Sentosa consists of five hotels and a range of entertainment centres, alongside 30+ retail mall projects on Singapore’s Orchard Road, which are being transformed into ‘commercial corridors’ attracting more than 7 million visitors a year.
Steen Andersen representing Henning Larsen Architects has broad technical expertise in glass structures, as well as complex façade solutions. He has designed unique buildings, for example using Quasi-bricks to build the Harpa Concert Hall and Conference Center in Reykjavik. Henning Larsen Architects are famous for their cultural and educational projects. These include the Concert Hall ‘Harp’ in Reykjavik, and a project for The Copenhagen Opera. The studio is currently working on similarly culturally-focused projects, such as The National Museum in Östersund, Sweden and the Hangzhou Opera House in China.
Architect Andrea D'Antrassi will present on the topic of experience gained at Chinese architectural giant MAD Architects. Founded by the Chinese architect Ma Yansong back in 2004, MAD Architects is a global architectural company focused on developing futuristic, organic and technologically advanced designs inspired by present-day interpretations of the Eastern affinity of nature. The skyscraper Absolute Tower in Mississauga, Canada is a perfect example of one of the most memorable of the studio’s projects. Back in 2014, MAD won the contract to work on the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art in Chicago, making it the first Chinese architectural firm to build such a sizeable cultural construction overseas.
Architect Vladimir Marinov is an expert in façade solutions and identifying new shapes, visuals, and materials for the creation of harmonious design and a comfortable urban environment. Marinov is part of the ARUP group, which brings professionals from different disciplines together from all over the world. It is well known for its role in the first British railway system High Speed 1, aka Rail Link Tunnel Channel.
Many noteworthy names from the Bulgarian architectural sector will also be speaking at the event, including Architect Angel Zahariev, founder of leading Bulgarian architectural studio A & A architects. A&A have been working on key projects exploring spatial and architectural themes in Sofia, including Capital Fort and Sky Fort skyscrapers.
Architect Radomir Serafimov is an expert with 20+ years’ experience in architectural design. One of his latest projects is the multifunctional Blue Offices building in Sofia, which is a truly distinctive structure with its simple forms, mirror surface façades and delicate sculptured details.
For 2017, ETEM has put together a dynamic show programme that features creative, innovative and inspired thinking. To be part of the event, or to receive all the latest news and announcements on key speakers and topics, sign up for email updates or check the website facadeconference.com.
BMW Bulgaria, Elval Color, Inver and Ursa are the co-partners at the Event this year.