Call for Papers

Facade Tectonics 2020 World Congress
Face Time 2020: Better Buildings through Better Skins

March 25-26, 2020
Los Angeles, California


Interested in getting more involved? We are currently looking for volunteers to serve as paper reviewers for the Facade Tectonics 2020 World Congress. If you are interested, please visit the sign up page for more details.

The Facade Tectonics Institute (FTI) is no longer accepting submissions for the call for papers for its 2020 World Congress (FTI WC2020) to be convened in Los Angeles on March 25-26. FTI intends to organize the conference program around the topical content represented by the submissions we received, with any aspect of buildings and urban habitat examined through the lens of the building facade will be considered. Relevant topics include but are not limited to the following:

  • sustainability
  • resilience
  • climate change
  • sea level rise
  • carbon neutrality
  • embodied carbon
  • time value of carbon
  • service life
  • durability
  • adaptability and adaptive capacity
  • obsolescence
  • lifecycle assessment
  • structural glass developments and applications
  • fire
  • retrofit and renovation
  • modular construction
  • case studies
  • materials
  • facade design education
  • facade engineering education
  • facade education for young practitioners
  • architectural research
  • trades education
  • gender/ethnic equality
  • glass
  • digital practice
  • parametric design
  • geometric optimization
  • adaptive facades
  • kinetics
  • shading strategies
  • project delivery strategies
  • risk and risk management
  • real estate value
  • owner/developer’s perspective
  • the economics of building skin
  • lifecycle costing analysis
  • facilities management
  • facilities engineering
  • innovation
  • daylighting
  • integration
  • health & wellness
  • comfort & productivity
  • biophilic design
  • regenerative design
  • heritage value & preservation
  • transparency/opacity
  • security
  • acoustics
  • ventilation
  • passive house
  • codes, standards and rating systems
  • policy and the building skin
  • facade futures
  • maintenance
  • passive strategies
  • layers, materials & assemblies
  • aesthetics & beauty
  • facades and urban habitat
  • facades in the social realm
  • facades and communication
  • facades as spectacle


Submissions will be evaluated through a two-stage abstract and paper blind peer-review process by the Institute’s Technical Review Committee comprised of some 300 industry and academic leaders. Papers will be published in a proceedings, and select papers may be used for an edited book or journal. We are investigating multiple additional ways to capture conference activities and outcomes.

Important submission dates

  • May 20, 2019 | Abstract submissions due
  • May 27, 2019 | Notice of abstract acceptance
  • July 1, 2019 | Full paper submissions due, review process begins
  • September 1, 2019 | Author notified of paper status
  • November 1, 2019 | Final paper submission due
  • December 1, 2019 | Notice of final paper acceptance
  • February 1, 2020 | Submission of oral presentation slide deck
  • March 25-26, 2020 | Tentative event dates

Abstract submission instructions

The deadline for abstract submission is June 1, 2019. The abstract should be 350 words or less and may include one image. Please submit the abstract as a .doc or .pdf file using the naming convention: lastname-firstname.docx or .pdf.

At least one author of each accepted paper must register for the conference and pay the special author’s registration fee. Membership in the Institute is also required. A discounted membership fee will be offered to authors that are not already members.

Events are being planned preceding, during and following the Congress itself. These may include receptions, dinners and tours, to be announced. The Institute will also conduct a meeting of its Board of Directors and host various committee meetings the day preceding the Congress. A limited hotel room block will be reserved for registered participants. More information will be provided as event planning progresses. Follow our SKINS newsletter for new developments. A website for the Facade Tectonics 2020 World Congress website will be announced midyear 2019.

We are expecting over 500 registrants. Discounted sponsorship opportunities will be available for early adopters.

Please email any questions to Caroline Szuch at

About the Facade Tectonics Institute

Facade Tectonics started as a series of invited roundtable discussions at the University of Southern California in 2007; a strategic response to the escalating importance and complexity of building facade technology. The roundtables grew into a series of conference events that drew hundreds of participants with a broad range of interests in the building skin. The accelerating change of facade technology and the growing awareness of the facade as integral to overall building design has propelled Facade Tectonics to the forefront of the rapidly evolving dialogue of building skin. The 2015 milestone in the evolution of Facade Tectonics was the formation of the Facade Tectonics Institute, with the mission of carrying out progressive and broad-based research and education in building facade technology. The intent is to catalyze and foster deep collaborative initiatives that bridge the fragmented market segments of the building industry, pairing industry, government, academia, the profession, and ownership. Integral to this mission is the dissemination of historical, theoretical and practical information derived from this research to the building marketplace, thereby acting as a conduit and facilitator for both learning and further collaborative research pursuits.

Facade Tectonics has produced numerous half-day and one-day forums across the U.S. and internationally, with 7 events planned for 2019, all held on college campuses. However, the World Congress is our premier event, conducted on even years, featuring exclusively the presentation of papers whose authors have navigated a rigorous blind peer review process; no keynote, no pay-to-play, only highly credible deeply technical content. The acclaimed 2016 and 2018 World Congresses produced over 200 papers with over 450 registered participants each.

We are already very excited to see you in Los Angeles in 2020!

Doug Noble
Karen Kensek
Technical Review Committee Co-chairs

Katie Gould
World Congress Coordinator

How to Submit an Abstract

To submit an abstract for Facade Tectonics 2020 World Congress please follow the instructions below: 

  1. Navigate to the Facade Tectonics 2020 World Congress Open Conference system by clicking the link:
  2. If you have an existing Open Conference account from a previous submissions, please use those same credentials. If not, please create an account.
  3. Once you have logged into your account, click the “USER HOME” link, located in the top navigation menu.
  4. This will bring you to the area “My Conferences” where you will see a link for Facade Tectonics 2020 World Congress.
  5. To begin the submission process, please click the “New Submission” option located to the right of the conference’s title. PLEASE NOTE: If you click the “NEW SUBMISSION” link located in the top navigation menu, it will not work.
  6. Once you have completed the necessary fields, please submit your work for review

If you have any questions, please contact Caroline Szuch at