Forum Day: Monday, 18 September 2017

8:00 AM - 8:45 AM Start of conference registration with welcome refreshments

8:45 AM - 8:50 AM Welcome remarks from IQPC

8:50 AM - 9:00 AM Opening remarks from the conference Chair and start of forum

Matthew Kitson, Regional Director- Qatar, Hilson Moran


Matthew Kitson

Regional Director- Qatar
Hilson Moran

9:00 AM - 9:30 AM The sky is the limit or is it? Super tall towers inspiring façade design innovation

Abdulmajid Karanouh, Director, Head of Innovation Design, Facades & Sustainability, Ramboll
Well-designed and built towers offer a magnificent display of mankind’s ambitions and brilliance. The higher we aspire to go, the more challenging and exciting the ride gets. That said, however, the higher we build the stronger the debate grows between profitability and sustainability, between compliance and performance, and between cost and value. As the world’s population keep growing, so will the need for higher density living and subsequently the perceived need to grow taller. The taller the tower the higher the demand for performance and economy.
Traditional static façades of limited functionality will always fall short of optimal performance in the highly dynamic and complex context of the supertall. This presentation offers an innovative approach to supertall tower design and high-performance adaptive envelopes as an integrated and highly efficient system using computation-augmented algorithmic thinking.


Abdulmajid Karanouh

Director, Head of Innovation Design, Facades & Sustainability
With a number of fire related incidents in buildings across the Middle East triggering significant public concern, building safety and fire prevention is more important than ever. This panel discussion will address common errors in façade design, give updates on the fire and life safety code of practice as well as underline the need for the right façade materials and design strategies to ensure heightened safety and fire prevention.


Peter van Gorp

Director of Fire and Life Safety

Benjamin Beer

Technical Director

Andy Dean

Head of Facades
WSP|Parsons Brinckerhoff

Issam Ezzeddine

Chief Architect, Projects Director
National Engineering Bureau

10:20 AM - 10:40 AM Energy Efficiency of Low-E Glass products

10:40 AM - 11:10 AM Networking break and refreshments

11:10 AM - 11:40 AM From concept to operation: How measurement and data analysis coupled with technology optimise façade sustainability

Holley Chant, Executive Director Corporate Sustainability, KEO International Consultants
With the increase in regulations, sustainability is one of the main concerns for developers and architects around the region. This exclusive case study will consider sustainability regulations and ratings and the role of building physics during the design phase as well as the role of traditional commissioning and virtual commissioning.


Holley Chant

Executive Director Corporate Sustainability
KEO International Consultants

11:40 AM - 12:10 PM The challengese of cleaning and maintaining complex buildings

12:00 PM - NaN:NaN AM Large innovative FRM composite Architectural structural roof and facade case study

12:20 PM - NaN:NaN AM Façade or fashion: Great design is more than skin deep

Yahya Jan, President and Design Director, NORR
Buildings treat their façades like high fashion, they are a way to stand out and make a visual statement. However, it is not just about a pretty façade. This case study will delve into the function of the skin of the building, giving examples of newly constructed projects as well as buildings under construction. This session will also consider the evolving role of technology in liberating design ideas.

Yahya Jan

President and Design Director

12:45 PM - 1:45 PM Lunch and networking

1:50 PM - 3:20 PM Awards ceremony and cocktail reception: Recognising façade designs in the Middle East

With the increase in environmental considerations and sustainability of high-rise buildings, it is essential for architects to understand how to develop smart, high-performing façades that provide comfort for its occupants as well as reduced costs. Regulations and prescribed solutions across the Middle East emphasise that the future is green but are these practices actually creating intelligent facades? This session debates whether prescribed solutions alone are enough to create high-performing façades and design methodologies that can enhance the building’s performance.


Ewa Juszczyk

Associate Director

Kenneth Turner

Director, Senior Designer of Burj Khalifa

Abdullah Sulaiman

Executive Director

Richard Fenne

Woods Bagot

Sanjeev Coelho

Senior Associate

2:30 PM - NaN:NaN AM Understanding glass selection for Middle East projects: Performance, quality and glass failures

Benjamin Beer, Technical Director, Meinhardt
Glass is indeed important but we need to interpret its usage logically. This exclusive case study will analyse:
l Single, double and triple silver low-e coatings – selectivity ratio, shading coefficient vs. light transmittance
l Advanced calculation software for glass performance analysis
l Simulation and renderings of visual appearance of glass low-e coatings during design stage
l Glass flatness and optical distortion, online laser based distortion measurement systems
l Importance of insulating glass edge seal testing for adhesion and compatibility
l Glass failures and problems – a consultant review

Benjamin Beer

Technical Director
Architects in the Middle East are continuously searching for larger glass panels and clearer glass, constantly pushing the boundaries in terms of glass selection criteria. There is no doubt that glass is an essential component of building façades allowing occupant’s views of the city and given an impressive ‘modern’ finish.
However, in a Middle Eastern climate, is glass efficient? This session will debate the future of heavily glazed façades in the Middle East as well as discussing innovative smart glass technology and using glass alongside more sustainable materials.



Benjamin Piper

Partner and Design Principal
Killa Design

Benjamin Beer

Technical Director

Mohamed Al Assam

Executive Chairman/Founder
Dewan Architects & Engineers

Sarah Coogan

Inhabit Group
Technology, materials, design, safety and cost are all vital factors in façade design and engineering. How will advancements in these areas change the future of facades? With new approaches and innovation being at the forefront of designers’ minds, this interactive panel discussion will predict what buildings will look like within the next 10 years and opportunities this presents for architects in the Middle East.


Belén Nemi

Associate Architect

Yahya Jan

President and Design Director

Benjamin Piper

Partner and Design Principal
Killa Design

Firas Hnoosh

Principal, Design Director of Architecture

Salim Hussain

Principal Architect

Sumaya Dabbagh

Principal, Chair
Dabbagh Architects, RIBA Gulf Chapter

5:30 PM - 5:30 PM Closing remarks by the Chair and end of forum

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