a morning seminar
3 sessions — 9 voices

The program includes three sessions with three speakers each who will discuss issues unique
to the region, including innovative building skins created for hot-weather and high-wind
environments, high performance facades, and the future face of Houston. The well rounded,
informed dialogue will inform and inspire.

Co-Chair, Kristopher Stuart, Gensler
Co-Chair, Mic Patterson, Enclos
1. Solar Heat & Wind Mitigation

2. Current Projects Pushing the Envelope

3. What’s Next in Techniques & Materials

We've distilled the best of the Facades+ 2-day conference into a quick-take morning forum with a local focus—Facades+AM—this time tailor-made for Texas and the Southwest region.

Come spend the morning with us and take away 4 AIA LU/HSW CEUs credits and a strong dose of inspiration.
See you in Houston!
The Facades+ conference series is a dynamic innovation in building skins—bridging the profession, industry, academia, building operations, and ownership. We've condensed the best of the Facades+ two-day event into an intensive morning forum with a strong local focus—Facades+AM—this time specific to the opportunities and challenges in Houston and the Southwest.

The rapidly developing field of high-performance facades has emerged as essential to building integration, and central to the realization of resilient buildings and a sustainable built environment. The building envelope combines attributes of aesthetics and performance like nothing else in architecture. Houston has its own special facade conditions and requirements, including heat and wind mitigation. We invite you to join the dynamic exchange of ideas as we bring this unique event to the Houston for the first time.
7:30 - 8:15


8:15 - 8:30


Kristopher Stuart (Gensler, Principal)
Mic Patterson (Enclos, VP of Strategic Development )

8:30 - 9:35


Presenters: Sanjeev Tankha (WALTER P MOORE, Dir. of Façade Engineering)
Julie Hendricks (Kirksey, Director)
Glenn Fuhrman (MetroNational, VP of Design & Construction)

9:35 - 9:50


9:50 - 10:55


Presenters: Kristopher Stuart (Gensler, Principal/ Houston Design Director)
Jorge Muñoz (Muñoz and Albin, Principal)
Roger Soto (HOK, Design Principal)

10:55 - 11:10


11:10 - 12:15


Presenters: Andrew Vrana (METALAB Principal/TEX-FAB Co-Director)
Mic Patterson (Enclos, VP of Strategic Development)
Heath May (HKS, Director)

12:15 - 12:30





Join the dialogue!



Full amount returned before 11:59 pm EST May 21, 2015.
Facades+ will retain 10% of registration cost after May 21, 2015.


Kristopher is South Central Regional Director of the Commercial Office Building Developers Practice Area, with expertise in the design of high-performing office buildings and mixed-use developments. His successful collaborations with developers showcase his acute understanding of how to attract premiere tenants and maximize return on investment. He also works directly with corporate end-users to align their facilities to their organizational and cultural goals.


VP of Strategic Development
Mic has concentrated his professional and academic career on advanced facade technology, structural glass facades, and sustainable building practices. Recognizing weakness in façade education as endemic to architectural curricula, he is committed to bridging his professional work with academic pursuits. He has taught, written extensively, and lectured internationally on diverse aspects of advanced façade technology. He is the author of Structural Glass Facades and Enclosures, published by Wiley.


VP of Design & Construction
Glenn has over 30 years of experience in planning, design, construction and implementation of the built environment especially focusing on large complex planning projects involving the interrelationship of multiple buildings. He is a registered Architect in Texas and a member of both the American Institute of Architects and the U.S. Green Building Council – Texas Gulf Coast Chapter and is LEED Green Associate. Glenn’s desire is to understand and improve the entire process of capital projects from the development of the pro forma, through the planning design and construction of a successful project.

Julie is Director of EcoServices at Kirksey. A sustainability consultant and licensed architect, she has managed the LEED process for over 50 projects. She frequently writes and speaks about green building. In 2012, she was chosen as the Ben Brewer Young Architect of the Year by the Houston Chapter of the AIA. Julie is very active in volunteering and advocating for green building throughout Texas; she had held leadership positions in multiple non-profit environmental organizations.


Heath is Director of HKS Laboratory for Intensive Exploration and has over 10 years of professional experience including commercial, hospitality, sports and healthcare, and is currently focused on r+d and application of this research to the built environment. An avid interest in passive solar design encourages a current LINE research initiative into the potential for using software for dynamic solar design for optimization of complex facades for daylighting and solar performance. In addition to r+d, Heath leads a design team responsible for award-winning projects. In April of 2013, Heath was named recipient of Building Design + Construction’s 40 under 40.


Jorge began his career working with two large commercial firms in the city of Houston and then worked for an international practice as head of design for an A&E firm with offices in the Middle East, Athens and London. In the year 2000, he joined Enrique Albin to start a design studio based in Houston with offices in Barcelona and Mexico City. Since then, Jorge and Enrique’s leadership have transformed their firm into a studio with projects in nine countries with significant contributions and accolades in the creation of unique urban spaces.


Design Principal
Roger is the Design Director for the Gulf Coast Region and has led the design efforts for many important clients. He is recognized worldwide for his design expertise in complex corporate, higher education, hospitality and healthcare planning and design for leading institutions throughout the United States and abroad. Roger is highly regarded for his expansive knowledge of LEED and sustainability design—he leads collaborative, multidisciplinary design teams on projects in Dallas, Houston, Miami and Tampa.


Principal / Director of
Façade Engineering

Sanjeev Tankha is a specialist in integrated façade design and in the implementation of innovative ideas that bring value to projects by developing cost effective solutions that balance structure, aesthetics, sustainability and occupant comfort. Mr. Tankha has experience in a wide variety of projects including aviation, sports, civic, cultural, commercial, transportation and hospitality.


METALAB Principal/
TEX-FAB Co-Director
Andrew Vrana is a Principal Architect at Metalab based in Houston that integrates expertise in digital design and fabrication with architecture, civic art and product design. He is a Visiting Assistant Professor at University of Houston College of Architecture. He is co-director of TEX-FAB *Digital Fabrication Alliance.

Hotel Icon
220 Main St
Houston, TX 77002
Tel. 713-224-4266

The Icon is located in the former Union National Bank, erected in 1911. At 12 stories, it was one of the nation’s first concrete and steel skyscrapers. The building's illustrious tenants included architect John Staub and international construction firm Brown and Root.

In 2004, this landmark was restored and transformed into Hotel ICON, retaining its distinguished Bedford limestone and brick facade. In 2012, the interior was revitalized to capture the energy of Houston’s invigorating modern urban atmosphere.

Valet Parking:
Event/Day Parking: Parking for guests attending scheduled functions is available at Hotel ICON. The current event parking 
charge is $12.00 (inclusive of sales tax) per vehicle per day.

Overnight Parking: Overnight parking is available for guests. The current overnight charge is $29.00 per vehicle. This rate is 
subject to sales tax. Should a guest claim their vehicle after 2:00 am, the overnight parking rate will apply. Oversized Vehicle surcharge of $4.00 (inclusive of tax) will be assessed each day. Examples of oversized vehicles include (but are not limited to) Range Rovers, Suburbans, Navigators, F150 trucks, and vans.

Hotel Icon
220 Main St
Houston, TX 77002
Tel. 713-224-4266

Special group rate of $239 per night available until 6/2/15. Book here.

Will I receive confirmation of my registration?
Yes, once we have processed your registration and payment, you will get an email confirmation detailing your registration.
Do I need to bring my registration confirmation to the conference?
Yes, it’s always a good idea.
What do I need to bring if I registered as a Student?
Bring a current student ID card with your photo and present it when checking in.
When do I get my badge and/or event tickets?
Badges will be provided at check-in at the site on the day of the event.






ACPACPEXPRESS™ is a revolutionary new aluminum composite wall panel system manufacture. ACPEXPRESS™ features world premier Structural 3-DIMENSIONAL & REMOVABLE IMAGE Panel Systems. ACPEXPRESS™ is also launching to the industry a new patented rigid PVC attachment system which features 95% thermal break performance.

AVENEREAvenere Cladding specializes in NeaCera® solid wall Terra-cotta Rainscreen Solutions and Vizor™ Sunscreens. Featuring a superior, high strength composition and a fully engineered 2 piece support system – resulting in lower installed cost; more than 50 standard & custom colors, and a host of shapes and sizes; suitable for a wide range of trades. Backed by an industry-leading warranty of up to 30 years including Lifetime Graffiti Protection. Every project includes comprehensive shop drawings, and pre-construction and field orientations.

BayerWith 2014 sales of EUR 11.7 billion, Bayer MaterialScience is among the world’s largest polymer companies. Business activities are focused on the manufacture of high-tech polymer materials and the development of innovative solutions for products used in many areas of daily life, such as the automotive, electrical and electronics, construction and sports and leisure industries

CosentinoCosentino is excited to launch our newest innovation – Dekton® Ultracompact surfacing material. Dekton is produced via a state of the art production process which is resin-free and uses only inorganic materials. The result is a revolutionary engineered stone product in thin, Ultra-large format panels for use in ventilated rainscreen facade applications. The product exhibits superior performance in UV durability and graffiti resistance along with a non-combustible DNA.

GenslerGensler architecture reflects our knowledge of how people and organizations use and experience place and space. We work collaboratively with clients, communities and end users to create buildings that work well on every level, inside and out. We deliver them across our global markets with a consistently high standard of service.

Sage GlassSageGlass® is advanced dynamic glass that can be electronically tinted or cleared to optimize daylight and improve the human experience in buildings. SageGlass enables you to control sunlight and glare without shades or blinds, maintaining your view and connection to the outdoors and significantly reducing energy consumption.

ShildanShildan. Design your passion. Build with ours.
With over 250 institutional projects in the US, Shildan is the leading supplier of terracotta rainsceen & sunscreen products for breathtaking, high performance building facades. A concept to completion company, we take pride in the projects we work on and the relationships we build with architects, owners, installers, GCs and project managers over the course of each project.

SwisspearlSWISSPEARL is the leading European manufacturer of cement composite façades for quality, high-end architecture. As the world leader in coloration technology and façade knowledge, our cement panels offer a wide range of products, aspects and colors specially designed to meet architects’ needs for superior rainscreen cladding applications.

TamlynTAMLYN has brought to market a complete system of enclosure with TamlynWrap™ Drainable Wrap, XtremeSeam™ and the related XtremeFlashing™ tapes to ensure effective water management. This enclosure system compliments our XtremeTrim® line of extruded aluminum profiles for multiple panelized systems. TAMLYN strives to provide high quality design solutions for architects.

TerracoreTerraCORE Panels can be used anywhere dimensional stone has been chosen with multiple advantages includ­ing cost effectiveness, 80% reduction in weight and ease of installation. As such, TerraCORE’s system is the stone or porcelain cladding product of choice by many architects, general contractors, engineers, interior designers and developers throughout the world.

WPMWalter P Moore is an engineering and consulting firm established to provide façade engineering, structural engineering, diagnostics, and traffic engineering, and parking consulting services to public and private sector clients in the United States and internationally. The firm specializes in complex and challenging projects.

YKK-APDriven by a desire to serve our customers, YKK AP America offers market-driven products backed by world-class technology and a dedication to be the very best at what we do. Consistent with the philosophies and principles of the global YKK Group, we combine engineering, innovative system designs, and vertically integrated manufacturing processes to provide fenestration systems at the highest level of quality and at a competitive price. Committed to protecting the environment and the communities in which we operate, the Dublin, Georgia manufacturing center has achieved ISO 14001 status recognizing our advanced environmental management systems for recycling and the conservation of natural resources.
ABAAThe Air Barrier Association of America (ABAA) is a national, not-for-profit trade association that consists of a wide cross section of stakeholders in the building enclosure industry. Our membership include manufacturers, architects, engineers, trade contractors, researchers, testing & audit agencies, consultants and building owners. ABAA is the national voice of the air barrier industry and has raised the level of quality in the industry through a Quality Assurance Program and offers premier training, certification, product evaluations, contractor accreditation and site quality control audits.

AIA AustinThe Austin chapter of the American Institute of Architects, AIA Austin has 926 architect members, and 140 allied members. AIA Austin is dedicated to improving our community by advancing the value of architecture. The chapter provides professional development, member service, advocacy, and community involvement. AIA Austin operates out of the Center for Architecture in downtown Austin, a gallery and gathering space, and works with its chapter affiliate, the Austin Foundation for Architecture, to provide scholarship and educational opportunities. For more information on AIA Austin, please visitwww.aiaaustin.org, or contact Ingrid Spencer at 512.452.4332.

AIA HoustonAIA Houston is the local chapter of the American Institute of Architects. AIA Houston is a community of architects coming together to accomplish things in our practices and in our communities that no single architect can do alone.

BEC HoustonBEC Houston provides those with an interest in the building enclosure (i.e. facade) of commercial, institutional, and residential structures a forum for discussion, training, education, technology transfer, and to otherwise address subjects relating to the building enclosure.

DAFThe Dallas Architecture Forum educates the profession and the public on the importance of architecture, design, landscape and urban planning. It fulfills its non-profit mission with lectures, panels, symposia, on-site education and publications, including the monograph Dallas Modern. For more information, visit dallasarchitectureforum.org.

USGBCThe USGBC Texas Gulf Coast Chapter is a non-profit organized exclusively to: Accelerate the initiation, development and implementation of green building policies, program technologies, design practices, and operation procedures;To facilitate networking and communication on green building activities, coordinate with efforts occurring nationwide and promote the USGBC LEED Rating System

Tex FabTEX-FAB is a creative network connecting professionals, students and the AEC industry to advance the discipline of architecture in its adoption of parametric design and digital fabrication.

TSAThe Texas Society of Architects is a state component of the American Institute of Architects. Founded in 1939, we are one of the nation’s largest organizations for the architectural profession, with 17 regional chapters and more than 6,500 members. The Society is headquartered in Austin.
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EnclosEnclos took initiative to create a group operating in a multidisciplinary manner to match the ongoing changes of the construction marketplace. Enclos debuted the Advanced Technology Studio (ATS) in 2009 to meet growing design parameters and sophisticated building envelopes head on. ATS actively pursues the advancement of the components and materials to create solutions to problems of form, usability, manufacturability, ease of installation and ergonomics via Industrial Design. This holistic approach optimizes the facade’s overall performance by pushing the limits of wall systems and how they will perform in the future.

Contact us for information and updates on Facades+ AM as we head to Houston March 5th at the Icon Hotel.
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2015 Conference Schedule:

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