Performance Building Façades


Collaboration: The Art and Science of Building Facades Conference Recap

November 13, 2012

Members of the Cupples team joined nearly 200 industry leaders in participating at the COLLABORATION: The Art and Science of Building Facades conference in Chicago on October 11-12. The conference, the third of a series presented by Enclos and The Architect’s Newspaper in 2012, took place at the Illinois Institute of Technology, a historic campus housing iconic designs by Mies van der Rohe and OMA’s Rem Koolhaas. Themed “Facades + Innovation,” the symposium was moderated by Jeffrey Vaglio, Associate Director at the Advanced Technology Studio of Enclos, and Aleksandar Sasha Zeljic, Facade Design Director and Commercial Office Building Practice Area Leader at Gensler’s Chicago office, and featured keynote speaker Fernando Romero of FREE. Following were presentations by leading architects, engineers, and academics, as well as panels on emergent technologies, materials innovation, and academic research on the future of the building skin. The second day offered participants cutting edge digital technology and sustainability workshops.

Commenting on the conference, Marty Trainor, Pre-Construction Services Manager at Cupples’ Midwest branch, said, “Exterior facades are very dynamic in their design, installation and management. The facade conference was a great way to see first hand how industry leaders are dealing with the myriad of challenges that result from a constantly evolving, growing field. With all the prestigious professionals in attendance, it was also a great opportunity to network and make new connections in the business. We will definitely be coming back.”

The triannual event continues throughout 2013 in New York City (April 11-12), San Francisco (July 11-12) and again in Chicago next fall. Please visit The Architect’s Newspaper for ongoing conference updates. You can read Enclos’ recap of the Chicago conference here and AN’s take on it here.


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